What made you choose Southwestern? Academic rigor, financial aid, and I wanted to play lacrosse at a school that offered more than just that. It was clear to me that I would be free to partake in multiple facets of student life. 

What piece of advice do you have for prospective students? Life is what you make it and so is Southwestern. You have the ability to serve a purpose in whatever organization you choose. Trust me, it’s worth it.

What surprised you about SU? Honestly, the Greek life. I had no idea that a small school in Georgetown had such a strong Greek community with an excellent alumni base backing each organization. It isn’t just about being social, though; the philanthropic efforts each organization puts together are astounding. SU is easily the best example of a safe and supportive Greek community in the country.

What non-academic thing did you learn as an SU student? Whether your parents/guardians have helped you financially or not, their support has pushed and pulled you through life to get where you are now. Never take this for granted. They will be with you for your first tour of campus and with you as you walk the stage to receive your diploma.

How has SU helped foster your leadership abilities? Oh man, where do I start? With such a diverse community, you have a lot of opportunities to learn how to interact with just about any type of person. And, you learn how to use your abilities to the strength of theirs (and vice versa) to get things done in any group project or organizational task. 

How has Southwestern prepared you for the future? I learned how to work more efficiently in a team; how to be a solid public speaker; how to present a presentation with little to no anxiety; and a plethora of knowledge applicable in the business world. I also established an incredible network of capable individuals.

Did you have a favorite faculty or staff member? Without a doubt, Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi. She has been one of the most caring and helpful individuals I have ever met. She genuinely cares about the success of her students and will go to lengths to ensure their success.

Anything else? Although few would admit it, Southwestern is a community of wide-eyed, bushy-tailed, diverse individuals who are foaming at the mouth to meet someone new, to learn, and to join in unison for a common goal, whatever it may be. You can do anything at this University. I really believe that.