EDUCATION ACROSS OUR GREAT STATE

AN INTERVIEW WITH LSUA STUDENT AMBASSADOR & 2023 GRADUATE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY ZORIA SEWELL

BROUGHT TO YOU BY LSUA

Looking back on your four years at LSUA, what standout moments or experiences impacted your college journey?

“One of the many memories that shaped my experience was becoming president of the Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) during my sophomore year. Serving in that position helped shape my leadership skills and branch out to new organizations.”

Making connections often improves the college experience for students. How did you connect with the campus community?

“I was able to build a sense of community by simply being myself. As a people person, I always found it easy to initiate conversations with strangers. Even if it was just a smile or a wave, people on campus felt noticed and found me approachable when they had questions or needed help with tutoring.”

How did your involvement in extracurricular activities and student organizations help you grow personally and academically?

“Participating in organizations and campus events pushed me to stay academically strong. I knew that falling behind on my scores could disqualify me from leadership positions within some of the clubs, especially those awarding scholarships.

Beyond grades, the experience was transformative. The responsibility of being a club president involved navigating challenging situations and facing my fear of public speaking head-on. Though initially nerve-wracking, each presentation felt a little easier than the last. By my senior year, I could confidently present in front of large audiences. Looking back, I’m incredibly grateful for those opportunities to push my boundaries and step outside my comfort zone.”

What advice would you give current LSUA students to help them make the most of their college experience?

“Get involved! There is more to college than just academics. Actively engaging with fellow students and faculty has opened many doors, both on and off campus. Those connections have proven invaluable in my personal and professional growth. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help and support. LSUA offers numerous student resources and services that can improve your experience.”

Learn more about LSUA’s vibrant campus experience and schedule a visit at www.lsua.edu/visit!

 

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