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Addison English

On your mark ... get set ... GO! Addison English has been off and running--literally and figuratively--since arriving at Southwestern in 2007.

A double major in psychology and economics, Addison was at full speed shortly after moving into the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Residence Hall as a first-year student. Originally a kinesiology major, Addison quickly changed his mind. "My [psychology] professor was so interested in teaching the class and that was infectious," he says.

But it wasn't all about academics for Addison. He also became involved in the campus community, taking on one leadership role after another--three-year captain of the cross country and track team, president and vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, coordinator of SING! through Student Foundation, president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and co-coordinator/public relations chair for the Pirate Bike Program.

Of his busy schedule in and outside the classroom, Addison says, "At Southwestern you learn to work really hard ... at everything ... all the time." Despite all of his running around on campus, Addison recalls some of his favorite memories from the trips he took with the Pirate cross country and track teams. "Traveling to places you have never been with people whom you have become close to helps you find out who you are and who your teammates are." On campus, Addision says people can be whomever they want to be and still find a crowd to "vibe with."

Addison hit the ground running, quickly learning that people often confuse the quality of their work for their value as a person. He continues to move forward both personally and intellectually as a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Psychology Program at North Carolina State University where his research concerns the emotional and functional aspects of human-computer interaction. He plans to "Be Southwestern" through his work ethic and by trying to approach things in a new way.

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