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Education & Social Science Graduates

Tatianna Longstratt, M.S.

What I do now:
I'm Owner & Creator of Soulace Performance & Training and Group Fitness/Trainer at the local YMCA.

My work/job consists of:
Assisting my clients to make healthier and conscious decisions about their overall health

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
I wasn't interested in becoming a personal trainer until I went through my own transformation. Then I wanted to be the best version of myself. After having knee surgery and gaining weight (all while in college), I wanted to feel better, build confidence and teach what I had learned.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
After graduating from Bossier High School in 2007, LSUS was the only college to offer me a partial scholarship. The scholarship, along with TOPS & Pell, paid for all of my Bachelors degree. I was so grateful.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I became a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Tim Winter
Dr. Jesse DeMello
Dr. Mary Margaret Lusk
Dr. Rhonda Failey
Dr. Kenna Franklin
Dr. Bill Pederson

Advice to college-bound students:
Take your time. Don't rush the process. You will not be good at everything. Make connections with all types of people, walks of life and cultures.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
You have to be disciplined and care enough about others to never pass judgment.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Find out what your passion is.

My toughest professional challenge:
Working as a single entrepreneur and business owner can become a challenge. You learn from your mistakes.

My toughest personal challenge:
Not cutting myself slack. We are our own worst enemies and critics.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
I became an Aunt in 2016.
I became a business owner in 2018.

I've learned this from life:
If you don't know your purpose, figure out your passion. Your passion will lead you to your purpose.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would become a teacher and traveling food critic.