Leah Lovely graduated from University High School in 2013. She is currently attending Butler University where she is majoring in both Psychology and Spanish. Below Leah answers a few questions about her college experience and how University prepared her for life at Butler.
What have you been up to since leaving University?
Since leaving University, I have become a student at Butler University, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. I started off my freshman year by getting very involved in the community and in leadership positions. That year I joined Freshman Caucus, I was hired as a Butler Student Ambassador and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Spring 2014. I was also initiated into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
I have held many leadership positions in my chapter from being the Chair of the Bylaws and Membership Committees and Parliamentarian. I also had the opportunity to service on the executive board for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at IUPUI as the VP of Accountability. For the past two years, I have also served on the Diversity & Inclusion Board for Student Government Association at Butler. This past year in my role as a Butler Student Ambassador I worked as a Student Assistant for the Coordinator for Multicultural Recruitment. Through all of these leadership roles on campus, I have been able to completely immerse myself in the Butler community and grow as an individual and a student.
This coming fall I will be finishing up my last year at Butler in order to graduate in May 2017. I will be continuing my work as a Butler Student Ambassador and on the Diversity & Inclusion Board. I am also very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the President for NPHC at IUPUI, while also interning with the Director for Diversity Education and School Counselor at The Orchard School.
How do you feel University best prepared you for college?
I feel that University did an excellent job of preparing me academically to matriculate into college. My transition was very smooth and the education that I received at University is something that I am so grateful for. Throughout my time at University, I felt like I was constantly challenged academically, which was extremely important in my transition into college. Particularly, the level of writing that was required of me in high school helped me to jump into college level writing fairly easily.
Do you see that the core values you learned at University still apply to your life now? How?
The core values that University abides by have definitely continued to have a major impact on my life. I believe that all of these values guided my time at University as well as my college career so far. There are three that I have particularly found to have a huge role in my experience at Butler. First, commitment to excellence is very important to me. This is something that I have continued to strive for in college, from being extremely involved on campus to maintaining a high level of achievement in my classes. Secondly, mutual respect, support and trust has been influential in the sense that in order to be successful throughout the past three years I have needed these aspects to be very strong in my life. From the support of my sorority sisters, family, friends and professors, I have been able to excel at Butler. Finally, diversity has probably had the greatest influence on me. During my time at University I was involved as a Diversity Ambassador, which continued at Butler with my involvement in Diversity & Inclusion board. Throughout my time at Butler I have grown to truly realize the significance and beauty in diversity and how important that is to celebrate and explore as individuals.
Please share your best University memory.
I have so many great memories at University, but one of my best memories is definitely when I traveled to Berlin, Germany for January Term my senior year. This trip had a major influence in my life and opened my eyes to the importance of travel and learning about different cultures. To this day I still think about how much fun I had on the trip and how much I learned as well; from getting to explore the East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz, and hearing about the history of the city. That experience began my passion for traveling and I hope to be able to continue to travel throughout my life.
What has been the most valuable experience you have had since leaving University?
Joining Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was definitely one of my most valuable experiences so far in college. Most people look at Greek Life as a temporary social group just for college, but my organization is so much more than that. Joining AKA has truly opened up so many doors for me. From meeting other college students from all over the country, networking with older members in my future profession, truly having sisters wherever I go, to affording me the opportunity to be the president of NPHC. Furthermore, AKA has helped me to grow exponentially as a young woman. Not only have I learned more and more about what it means to be a woman, but also how to be a leader in my community and a sister. These values and experiences are ones that have definitely had a huge impact on my college experience and who I am today.