Working with Faculty and Staff with Leslie

Segment #5 from Alabama A&M University


Let’s meet Leslie from San Francisco, California. He’s a sophomore majoring in psychology and has excelled on The Hill. He attributes his success to the guidance and support of professors and staff who have pushed him towards excellence. Leslie, tell us all about your experiences at this world class institution where service is sovereignty.

– Thanks, Desi, and hello everyone. I’m from San Francisco and grew up having diverse interests like academics, athletics, and community involvement. I knew I wanted to find a school that supported me in all these different avenues, and Alabama A&M has done just that. This school has truly become my second home, where I can pursue all my passions with enthusiasm. At Alabama A&M, we value service in helping one another. The faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students like me achieve our goals. Working closely with the faculty and staff have been a pivotal part of my journey. Mentorship goes beyond academic guidance. My mentors helped me to be more well-rounded. One time, my mentor took me on a run to help me clear my mind, and this really showed me they cared about me as a human and helped me accept where I was at the time. That unwavering support has not only helped me navigate challenging coursework, but also open doors for exciting opportunities, like my internship with the mental health department within athletics, where I’m creating a program on grief and loss. The lessons I’ve learned at Alabama A&M through mentorship I’ve been able to take and apply my everyday life as a student athlete, Echo University Ambassador, and a member of the Honors Program and NAACP. I’ve been able to connect with fellow students and engage in meaningful service projects. Because of my time at Alabama A&M, I’m committed to using my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of others. The blend of academic rigor, athletic dedication, community involvement, and my relationships with faculty and staff have made me a well-rounded individual, ready to tackle the world. Back to you, Desi.

– Leslie, your story is so inspiring! Having a mentor is vital in college. It’s great to know you have experienced faculty and staff on campus to help you achieve your goals. We can’t wait to see how you tackle your next chapters. Thanks, Leslie.

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