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Davis Funk

PSA Student Davis standing in front of a tree smiling at camera

Why did you choose WVU?

I have lived in West Virginia all my life, and I was already very familiar with WVU through attending several events with my family. So, for me, WVU seemed like a natural fit, and it felt like a place where I would be happy and a place where I could succeed.

What is your favorite Mountaineer memory?

I think that so far, my favorite memory that I have made at WVU is the day me and a group of friends went on a day trip to Cooper’s Rock. It was a cool and misty fall day, and I had an excellent time look at the beautiful scenery and climbing on some of the rock formations with my friends. Even though we got stuck at the park and had to wait for an Uber into the night, I still had an amazing time hanging out with my friends in a beautiful place.

Why did you want to become a PSA?

 One area of my own personal skills that I have never really had the chance to work on and improve are my abilities as both a leader and a public speaker. I know both these traits are key to being a successful individual in life, so I figured become a PSA would provide an excellent opportunity for me to finally refine these skills. Also, I think it's good to push my self out of my comfort zone, so a class with a focus on public speaking is perfect for that.

What did you learn from the PSA experience?

Through my PSA experience, I have had the opportunity to improve my abilities as a speaker and improve my confidence when it comes to public speaking. I have also had the opportunity to learn what makes a good speech compelling and interesting to the audience. Along with the speaking aspect of this course, I have had the chance to develop and hone my leadership skills. Leadership is an area of personal ability that I admittedly lack in, so this experience was a fantastic chance for me to strengthen these skills.