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Giana Loretta

Presidential Student Ambassador, Giana Loretta


To me, WVU felt like a place of unlimited potential. Upon learning about the numerous research projects, study abroad programs, community service opportunities, and student organizations, it became obvious that WVU emphasized learning outside of the classroom and placed a high value on curiosity. I knew that I could find my home amongst other progressive individuals.

  • What is the BEST reason to attend WVU?

WVU is staffed with a faculty that genuinely wants every student to succeed.  Whatever you aspire to be, there are people who will help you make it happen.  Every question that I have ever asked has been answered with enthusiasm and encouragement; this is the place for forward-thinkers and barrier-breakers.

  • What is your favorite Mountaineer memory?

My favorite Mountaineer memory happened while attending a first-year trip with the Honors College.  My group was navigating the High-Ropes Course at the Outdoor Education Center.  At one point, we were instructed to jump together— all six of us— onto a narrow beam.  Needless to say, it was a total failure, but the thought of us dangling there giggling makes me smile every time.

  • Why did you want to become a Presidential Student Ambassador?

I wanted to become a PSA because I am passionate about community service, leadership, and public speaking.  Being a PSA seemed like the perfect way to integrate those interests while being a representative for WVU.  This university has already provided me with so many opportunities, and I am excited to help current and prospective students make the most out of their time at WVU.   After all, “leadership is not about you; it’s about investing in the growth of others” -Ken Blanchard. 

  • What did you learn from the PSA experience?  

Being a PSA helped me develop tremendously as a person and a leader.  For example, I have built a network of some of the brightest minds and most valuable resources on campus.  Also, I have become more aware of the challenges my peers and fellow community members may be facing.  It is my job as a leader to make everyone feel valued, for differences become assets when everyone agrees to fight for the same cause.  Without a doubt, I will carry these lessons with me for the rest of my life.