Master’s Student – School of Social Work
College of Human Sciences & Education
LSU students are a diverse group. They come from all over the globe with different dreams, goals, and aspirations for their respective futures. Here is a chance to get to know them one at a time. No matter his or her academic discipline, everyone has a story to tell…including you!
Q: What made you decide to attend LSU?
A: When I was applying for colleges back in 1999, I must be admit that LSU was not my first choice, only because I was fearful of the size of the campus and, as an African American female, I thought that I would surely get lost in the shuffle. I did not think I would be able to fit in; neither did I believe that I would feel welcomed. Several people in my family told me that I should apply to historically black colleges because they would care more about me as an individual and overall student. Well, I did apply to some colleges like that, in addition to LSU, and when I did the research, LSU was much more impressive. When I came to tour the campus I fell in love! There was no campus that I had visited that compared in beauty and overall ambiance. And to my wonderful surprise, when I came for orientation, I was greeted warmly and have had many amazing experiences since.
I am still astonished at how much the professors care about each student. And as a minority student that attends a school like LSU, I wish I could truly express to others the true spirit of diversity on this campus. I have never regretted choosing LSU. When I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree, there was no other option. I wanted to come to LSU because I love everything about it—the campus, the professors, the students—and I truly bleed purple and gold!
Q: Are there things that surprised you about LSU?
A: I was surprised by how many minority students were actually in attendance.
Q: What is your favorite thing about LSU?
I love the school spirit! When I first came here, my mother asked me if I was getting paid to promote LSU. The love for LSU is contagious. It is impossible to be here and not love it.
Q: What are your goals and how is LSU helping you accomplish them?
A: My current goal is to graduate and be an excellent social worker that is able to work effectively with families and children who are in crisis and have experienced trauma. My long-term goal is to have my own agency and also work with policy makers to make an impact on the state’s policies on child welfare issues. Through my internship, I am currently getting hands-on experience in this area. I am at an agency where I do individual and family therapy. My internship was picked out by my dean. Once I informed her of my interests, she picked out the perfect place for me to have the best learning experience.
Q: What advice would you students who are considering attending LSU?
I would say just come for a visit! I do believe just being on the campus—experiencing the beauty of the campus and the energy of the student body—is enough to persuade anyone. It was enough for me. And if that doesn’t do the trick, attend a football game. But seriously, I would say do the research. LSU has so much to offer in comparison to other Louisiana colleges. I dare say compared to any state college, but I would be showing my bias. It has a wide range of programs, dedication to student’s success, an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and a wonderful overall college experience.
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