High school activities that prepared for college challenges:
While in high school, I was involved in honors and AP classes that have helped ease the shift from high school schoolwork to college schoolwork. I was also a member of National Honors Society, Octagon Club, and FCA, which all contributed to a positive mindset before entering the new atmosphere of college.
Factors considered in choosing major or program:
I wanted to major in something that interests me and would provide opportunities for an enjoyable career in my future. I have always loved reading and writing, so becoming an English major seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I know the English program at LSUS will give me the tools I need to succeed for a career in the publishing business through in-depth studies of literature and writing.
My Reason(s) for choosing LSUS:
I was initially drawn to LSUS because of its location and academic standards. I don't have to worry about getting home-sick because it is close to home, and I know LSUS provides its students a quality education. LSUS offers students a wonderful learning environment and plenty of opportunities to grow academically and personally.
Campus resources that have helped him/her get the best education at LSUS:
The resource I have found to be most valuable at LSUS is the Noel Memorial Library. This library offers countless research materials, including a rare book collection donated by James Smith Noel. Students can also reserve private rooms for study groups or meetings, providing them a quiet, proactive work space.
My favorite LSUS professor is (and why):
Although I haven't been attending LSUS for that long, I have already noticed how great many of the professors are. One of my favorite professors is Rhonda Failey, my psychology teacher. I encourage any student to take her course, not only because it is a requirement, but because she makes learning about the mind interesting and fun.
My favorite thing about LSUS (and why):
The advantage of LSUS that stands out the most to me is the small student to teacher ratio, 25:1. This allows students to receive individual attention from their professors and enables them to become closer with their classmates.
My LSUS club / organization memberships include:
I am a member of Chi Alpha, a weekly Bible study held in the University Center. Chi Alpha welcomes everyone and is a great organization for anyone looking for a place of fellowship.
A memorable moment at LSUS:
I will always remember my first day at LSUS. I remember how excited I was sitting in my first college class and how I thought about all the great possibilities LSUS has to offer me. Looking back, I know I will never forget the indescribable emotions that came over me, knowing the next chapter of my life was about to begin.
My other interests include:
I love watching Thursday night TV (Survivor and The Office all in one night...Woo hoo!), reading "chick-lit" novels, and playing games that involve pop-culture trivia.
My career goal(s) are:
After college I hope to pursue a career as a book editor for a major publishing company. I would love to work with up-and-coming novelists and play a role in making their dreams come true by publicizing their writings.
Email me!! My email address is Smitha32@lsus.edu
"Best Advice" for a first time Freshman?
I would advise first time freshmen to get involved on campus. LSUS always holds events early-on in the year to help new students get adjusted to college and meet new people. This is the best way for students to become more comfortable in a new setting and enjoy their time here at LSUS.