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Lauren Volk

Presidential Student Ambassador, Lauren Volk


I chose WVU because every member of my family has gone there, it feels like home, it has amazing faculty members and educational programs, and there is a place for everyone to find community there.

  • What is the BEST reason to attend WVU? 

The best reason to attend WVU is because no other college, whether it be an Ivy League or some other well-known school, can provide the sense of community, love, and hospitality that WVU does, while also providing a world-class education.

  • What is your favorite Mountaineer memory?

My favorite mountaineer memory is attending lunch at Blaney House alongside Dr. Atkins, my fellow Presidential Student Ambassadors, President E. Gordon Gee, and Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Meshea Poore. I learned an incredible amount during the lunch, and hearing Vice President Poore and President Gee speak was inspiring. I also got to know my fellow Presidential Student Ambassadors more.

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

I wanted to become a PSA because I knew that it would provide me with important education on professional topics that I might not be able to find elsewhere, and also because it provides great opportunities for networking and meeting people that want to work to make WVU, our state, and the world a better place.

  • What did you learn from the PSA experience?

The PSA experience has taught me many useful skills, ranging from dining etiquette to public speaking. Throughout this semester, I have learned the importance of community service, as it more closely connects you to your community and allows you to give back. Above all, this experience has taught me how to be a better leader by teaching me to recognize and adapt my leadership style. I have learned how to lead by example and promote collaboration.