Student Spotlight: Marissa @ Louisiana State University
The myOptions Team
Meet Marissa, a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Mass Communication-Public Relations. She previously attended Clear Falls High School in League City, Texas.
What factors were most important when deciding which college to attend?
School size, sports programs, academic programs, geography.
In high school, I wish I would have tried...
to know more about what was going on in the world.
How would you characterize your school?
Mainstream, party, outdoorsy, and sporty.
What types of clubs, activities, sports, jobs, etc. are you involved with on campus?
LSU Club Volleyball - We practice twice a week and compete in tournaments in Texas once a month against other college club teams. We travel to the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Championships every year along with about 400 men's and women's teams from across the United States. PRSSA - The Public Relations Student Society of America is a great networking organization that has helped prepare me for the real world of working in public relations. The LSU Chapter wins awards every year at the PRSSA National Conference where we have the opportunity to network with PR students and professionals from around the world.
Three things you won't read in your school's brochure:
Yes, it's a big campus with over 30,000 undergrads. However, each major is part of a senior college where you have major-specific advisors, counselors, and staff that make your college experience feel more personalized. As you go through your college career, you will be in classes and clubs with the same people that will become your friends, peers and maybe even coworkers.
Greek Life is huge at LSU, but don't feel like you need to join a fraternity or sorority to make friends and have the full college experience. LSU is a huge campus, and with so many undergraduate students, you're sure to find friends almost anywhere. Join a club, play intramural sports, or just talk to your neighbor in class. College is all about stepping out of your comfort zone, so try something new and take advantage of every opportunity!
The LSU community stretches around the world. No matter where I am if I'm wearing an LSU shirt, someone inevitably walks past and says "Geaux Tigers." LSU alumni are working and studying all over the world, and no matter where you go, someone at LSU can probably put you in contact with a fellow Tiger.
Best on-campus event:
LSU Football Tailgates/Games
Favorite Dining Hall Meal:
Once a semester the dining halls on campus host a late night breakfast with the LSU President. It's a great study break and the food is always great.
On weekends, students:
Attend sporting events, hit the bars in Tigerland, and go to house parties.
It's 1AM on Saturday. Where are you?
Saturday nights are spent on the patio at Fred's Bar & Grill in Tigerland listening to a local band, or at Bogie's Bar a couple blocks away dancing and hanging out with your friends.
It's finals week and the libraries are packed. Where do you go study?
Highland Coffees is a great little coffee shop right off campus that I have spent countless hours studying in. I definitely prefer the ambient noise of coffee machines and soft music to the deafening silence in Middleton Library.
Before I graduate, I want to...