Carter Lytal, a Who’s Who winner, talks on his road to engineering

Carter Lytal. Photo by Jonathan Cleverdon.

Carter Lytal. Photo by Jonathan Cleverdon.

Who’s Who Among Students is a national award that recognizes students who excel in scholastic achievement. At Oklahoma Christian University, 125 students reached the Who’s Who list. In an upper level journalism class, students interviewed 13 names off of the list.

By James Leeper

Carter Lytal said he can’t count how many times his dad tried to explain how something works on the back of a napkin at Chili’s. He said his father’s napkin explanations are a major reason why he chose to be a mechanical engineer student at Oklahoma Christian University.

Lytal initially wanted to study engineering at Lubbock Christian University because it’s close to his home in the Texas Panhandle-area. According to Lytal he wanted to be an engineer before he knew where he wanted to attend college. Lytal noticed Oklahoma Christian’s scholarship options and after the university began pursuing him, Lytal made the decision to apply, then enroll.

Along with being a member of social service club, Chi Lambda Phi, Lytal also works for the events office operating tech and audio equipment around campus. Carter is the show caller this year for Spring Sing. In past years, Carter worked as the spot light operator and backstage manager.

Q: What is your favorite thing about being on the tech team?

A: Well first of all, it is the best job on campus. I don’t care who you are it’s the greatest job on campus. You get to do all the fun stuff, you get to be a part of all the fun — big events going on on campus and you are getting paid to do it. I love that job.

 Q: What has been your favorite event to work?

A: My favorite event to work by far was probably the Ben Rector concert. We got to go back stage and meet him and it was a very fun experience. My sister’s birthday was the next weekend and I got to film him giving my little sister a happy birthday shout out so that was neat.

Q: What is your favorite part about being in Chi?

A: I love those guys. I love how goofy they are and how much they care about stuff. You don’t see that very much in today’s society anymore, I don’t think, people are really apathetic about stuff but when Chi does something, everybody knows They are invested and they care about it and they take the opportunity to do the best in it, and I think that’s not only a Christian principle, but also a good moral principle to live by.

Q: What made you want to become a mechanical engineer?

A: I grew up in a household [where] my dad was a ME (mechanical engineer) by trade and so I grew up hearing a lot of little technical stories told out and explaining a bunch of in-depth things to me that I didn’t know anything about. I can’t tell you how many math problems I’ve had explained by him to me on the back of a napkin in like a Chili’s restaurant. He would say, “Carter do you know why this works? Well here let me show you,” and I was like… “Dad, I just wanna eat.”

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