High school activities that prepared for college challenges:
I think that being apart of clubs and organizations prepared me for college because I learned how to successfully juggle different responsibilities at once. As a college student, you may be asked to do many things at once. Whether it is heading a committee in your organization or writing a paper, there are going to be times when your plate is very full and being apart of different extracurricular activities in high school will help you prepare for what is expected of you in college.
Factors considered in choosing major or program:
Before I went to college, I knew that I wanted to go on to medical school after I graduated from college. I also loved science, especially biology. So it was a no brainer that I would major in biology since it was something that I found fascinating and it would be beneficial to my future medical career.
My Reason(s) for choosing LSUS:
I chose LSUS because of their excellent pre-medical program. LSUS has a wonderful working relationship with LSUHSC-Shreveport, and since the medical school is also located in Shreveport, it makes LSUS a very convenient choice.
Campus resources that have helped you get the best education at LSUS:
LSUS has many helpful resources that improved my education here at LSUS. Here on campus, there is a campus wide computer lab with over 70 computers and free printing that stays open till about midnight during the week. I don't know how many times I have forgotten to print out a paper that is due the next day, and I have had to run over to the computer lab and print it out. It has definitely been a life saver. Another useful resource on campus is the University Writing Center. In the writing center there are graduate students in English who will look over a student's paper and help them with grammatical errors and help them with the paper in general. I firmly believe that I have gotten A's on my English papers because I went to the writing center for help.
My favorite LSUS professor is (and why):
My favorite professor at LSUS is Mr. Wayne Hogue. Mr. Hogue is a very charismatic professor who loves what he does and it shows by the way he teaches.
My favorite thing about LSUS (and why):
I think that my favorite thing about LSUS is that it has the feeling of a small town to it. You get to know most of your classmates and professors, and make lasting relationships with them. LSUS professors have an open door policy here. If their door is open and they are in their office, they are more than willing to answer your questions and help you out.
My LSUS club/organization memberships include:
I am an officer of Alpha Epsilon Delta, which is an honor society for pre-health professional students. I am also a member of Rotaract and the LSUS Ambassadors.
A memorable moment at LSUS:
One of my most memorable moments at LSUS was during Fall Fest, which is an event held during each fall semester. There was a mechanical bull at this fall fest and some of my friends and I wanted to try it out. Well it was my turn and I guess I'm not as agile as I thought I was but it took me at least 5 tries before I actually could get on the bull. It was embarrassing, but was pretty fun at the same time..
My favorite activity outside of my coursework is:
I love to just hang out with my friends outside of class. I know that is generic and everybody says they love to hang out with friends, but my friends and I have become really close over these last few years together and we have tons of fun when we are around each other. Whether it is going out or staying in or playing a game of volleyball, we know that it is going to be a blast.
My other interests include:
My other interest besides school is definitely reading. I love to read and I love books! I also love to hang out with my friends whether we are just watching T.V. or playing a competitive game of catch phrase.
My career goal(s) are:
After college I plan on going to medical school. After medical school, I want to join the organization Doctors Without Borders. It is my life goal to help people who are less fortunate than me and live in places where they don't get adequate health care..
My LSUS email is: Welchl06@lsus.edu If you have any questions, whether it is about biology, medical school, or just college in general, please don't hesitate to contact me by email. I check my email at least once a day and will respond to you as quickly as I can.
"Best Advice" for a first time Freshman?
My advice to freshmen would be to find a good balance for you in school, work and play. College life is great and it will be some of the best years of your life. So don't spend all your time cooped up in your room studying, but go out and live and have fun. However, you are in college to get a degree so don't spend all your time partying and put off your school work (trust me I know how tempting that can be). So you must find a balance that you can live with and works for you.