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WVU was on my list of possibilities, but it was never my first option. At the time, I had heard about the stories of WVU being a party school and never a serious academic school. However, during my junior year of high school, I took the summer brain camp at WVU. I toured the WVU buildings, built amazing friendships, and found out neuroscience is what I wanted to do for my future career. After that experience, I realized maybe I judged WVU too harshly. I started looking more into the academics and found out about the Honors College as well as WVU being an R1 institute. Learning about WVU’s passion for research motivated me to join a research lab my senior year of high school. All these experiences pointed me towards the conclusion that WVU was the place I am meant to be and will be able to succeed.
What is your favorite Mountaineer memory?
Due to COVID, I have been unable to be on-campus for the majority of my college career, so I do not have a particularly favorite memory. However, I am very excited to see what this year brings!
Why did you want to become a PSA?
I want to
share my enthusiasm with other prospective students and represent WVU. As a
minority, it can be slightly daunting to come to a predominantly white
university and state. WVU has done nothing but welcome me with open arms, I
want to be able to share my experience with others and hopefully answer any
questions or doubts they may have. Aside from that, in the research field, it
is very important to be able to public speak efficiently, especially during
conferences. I want to improve my public speaking skills as well as become more
versatile when answering questions I am not prepared for. PSA seems like a
wonderful way to improve my skills and be a part of something that makes the
What did you learn from the PSA experience?
The PSA experience taught me how to become the best leader and speaker I can be. Prior to this class, I dreaded public speaking, but after working through this program, I feel more confident in myself. I know I will use all the knowledge I have learned over this semester in my future endeavors including future leadership positions. I am incredibly grateful for all the speakers who shared their life stories and the skills I have learned.