Darlene Thompson was an International Studies student with a disciplinary major in Political Science who graduated in 2009. Growing up in a single-parent home and being the first in her family to graduate from high school and college gave Darlene a strong insight into the importance of leadership, community service and helping others in need. Since graduating from SU, she has worked as an AmeriCorps member for Communities In Schools of Central Texas and as an English language teaching assistant in Quimperlé, France. She is currently working for the Upward Bound program at Southwestern University. As an academic advisor, she aids and monitors the academic progress of 35 high school students at four high schools with the ultimate goal of helping all of the students attain higher education at a four year university. She plans to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2012.