Laurel Rice Brightwell
How I got to LSUS: I wanted to go to a university where I knew I would get more personal attention, have the opportunity to take night classes so I could work, and remain at home.
Fond Memories of LSUS: I had some amazing professors and made some lifelong friends.
How LSUS helped me succeed: The one-on-one attention and counseling was invaluable.
What I do now: Commercial Realtor for U.L. Coleman Companies
About my job: Office, industrial, retail and land leasing and brokerage
Advice to college-bound students: Take advantage of the smaller classes and foster relationships with fellow students and faculty because you will be working with them someday.
Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Pay attention to economic growth indicators in an effort to get to the forefront of developments.
Tips on choosing a major or career: Most people do not have a dream of wanting to be a doctor or lawyer. No 15-year-old ever says, "I want to manage a facilities team at a mid-grade company." But, don't discount the non-glamorous companies or jobs! You will probably find yourself extremely happy in helping the economic wheel turn. Keep in mind that every job is important in its own right and a lot of those jobs pay better than doctors or lawyers.
Successes in my life: Northwest Louisiana Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division board of directors since 2009; Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Professional Under 40 2008; Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Athena Award finalist 2011; Caddo-Shreveport 2030 Master Plan advisory council. Active in Junior League Shreveport-Bossier; Women of Community Renewal; Daughters of American Revolution; Alliance for Education; and Northwest Supports and Services Center
I've learned this from life: Everyone you come in contact with has meaning in your life. So, treat them all kindly and with respect, because you never know when they will be helping you.