Its More Than Just Service!

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Justin Daws is going into his junior year at LSU. He is studying Human Resources with an emphasis in Leadership Development. At LSU, Justin is involved with LSU Ambassadors, Relay For Life of LSU, Colleges Against Cancer, and work for the Office of Parent and Family Programs as the Student Assistant. During the summer, he has served the Office of Orientation as a Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts.

 

While here at LSU, service is not only a trait that we try to instill in all of our students, but also an attitude that is taken into the hearts of every tiger here at this university. Starting at orientation, we encourage all of our students and families to help give back to the community by donating school supplies, so that we can stuff the bus and give back to the Baton Rouge community. Then from there we turn right around, and serve our community before school even starts with Community Bound. The Saturday before school starts, LSU sends over thousands of students, staff, and faculty to different locations around the Baton Rouge area to help assist and serve the community.
My first year here at LSU, I was able to participate in Community Bound. The Saturday morning started off with a welcome by the Chancellor of the University in the LSU Student Union Theater, which was both inspiring and a great way to start off not only the day, but also the year. We then loaded onto LSU Buses, which took us to multiple different locations with our fellow classmates and soon to be friends to serve the community. Some of my closest friends and I were able to go assist in the cleaning and painting of a local public school. After the day came to a close, we were given lunch at the school we were working at and then brought back to LSU.

The service did not end here, throughout the academic school year, LSU hosts many different opportunities to serve the school and the community. During homecoming, we do a massive school caned food drive and build Tiger Stadium out of cans on the parade ground. We are constantly hosting small service projects and events that can any student can participate in. One of the best ways of serving the community and LSU would be through the many different service organizations on campus. I, myself, am part of the Relay For Life of LSU organization as the executive director where we raise money for The American Cancer Society and serve men and women who are dealing with the effects of cancer. The organization that I am part of is only one out of many different and unique groups on campus that students can get involved in to help serve and give back

If there is one thin I can tell an incoming student to do to make their time here at LSU meaningful, I would tell them to give back. By giving back, you feel like you are making a difference and trying to better the world. Here at LSU, giving back and serving is what ties every group and organization together and makes us one big family. We may have different groups we support and different styles of service, but at the end of the day we are all serving as tigers and that ultimately represents the love and respect we have for our university. 10152024_10202805935621336_2175477830755590663_n

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LSU Traditions

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Lauren Griffin is going into her junior year at LSU. She is studying Accounting with a minor in Mass Communication. At LSU, Lauren is involved with LSU Ambassadors and is a member of Student Government. She also served on student staff for the S.T.R.I.P.E.S. program and has a part time job a campus tour guide. This summer, Lauren is the Parent Orientation Leader for the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

 

Something that I think truly sets LSU apart is its rich history and traditions. They are clearly evident no matter where you go on campus, and it is one of my favorite aspects about this great university.

Originally, LSU was a military school, also known as the Old War Skule. There is a large green grassy area on campus where today, many students spend lots of leisure time. However, that area, also known as the parade ground, was built for the soldiers to do drill practice. The parade ground sits right in front of one of the oldest structures on campus, the Memorial Tower. One hundred and seventy five feet tall, this building was dedicated to veterans affiliated with LSU who served in World War One. There is another structure located on the parade ground that is dedicated to LSU veterans that served in all wars from World War Two up until the present. Also, being that LSU was a military school, our colors were originally blue and white. Charles E. Coates, a former faculty member, was actually responsible for our colors being changed to purple and gold. He was our football coach for an away game against Tulane. LSU and Tulane had a huge rivalry, so to show our school spirit he sent all the fans out to buy spirit ribbons, noise makers, etc. Being that the game was in New Orleans, everything was either purple, gold, or green. Tulane’s color was green, so naturally the fans bought anything purple and gold they could find. The colors stuck and a few years later became LSU’s official colors.

Now enough about the history. Let’s talk traditions! As we all know, LSU’s football team has a very strong following so it is only natural that there are lots of traditions that go along with it. For every game day, you are sure to see the Golden Band from Tigerland march down Victory Hill to lead our team into victory.LAUREN 1 Once inside of the stadium, Mike the Tiger makes an appearance. But there is only one parking spot in Tiger Stadium, which just so happens to be right outside of our opponents’ locker room door. That’s right, they have to run out to a live tiger! Then, one of my favorite moments of the whole game is when you hear the announcer say the famous words “Chance of rain?” and hearing a resounding “NEVER” that shakes the stadium. But our traditions don’t stop when you leave Death Valley. On a daily basis we are reminded of our school spirit by the beautiful melody of our alma mater playing from the Memorial Tower. Another popular tradition is to go under the tower at midnight on Valentine’s Day with your significant other and kiss. This signifies that you are an official LSU couple.

LSU’s history and traditions are very near and dear to my heart because it makes me feel like I am part of something bigger than myself. LSU was here way before me and it will continue on after
I graduate. If I could stay at LSU forever, I would. It’s a place that gets in your blood and stays there. But being that becoming an eternal college student isn’t an option, being able to pass down these histories and traditions helps me feel like I am forever going to be a part of LSU.

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Geaux Get Involved

katKat is a junior, from New Orleans, LA, studying mass communications with a minor in leadership development. As a Junior, Kat has served on the Freshman Advising and Preregistration Team for two summers. She currently serves as an LSU Ambassador and as a Student Senator in LSU Student Government. This summer, Kat is beyond excited to serve as a Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Engineering and a Small Group leader for STRIPES.

 

When stepping foot on LSU’s campus, I was immediately presented with the vast opportunities that you can have as an LSU student. At STRIPES, an extended orientation program for first year students, I was able to meet many different leaders that were involved in many diverse organizations on campus. In addition, there was a presentation specially geared to aiding students on getting involved as an LSU student.  At the presentation, I was encouraged to attend the LSU Welcome Week, known as Bengal Bound. This week was full of exciting events and free food, which all college students love.

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Once I got settled on campus, my involvement journey all started in my residential hall. friends from residence hallI started by branching out and getting to know different people in my community in South Hall. From watching tv in our common areas to studying in our study rooms, I loved connecting with other students. After meeting so many new friends in my residential hall, I decided to find more ways to get involved on campus. My friends and I took a visit to Free Speech Plaza where we were able to get more information about the over 400 organizations LSU has to offer. From this experience, I decided to begin my journey as an LSU Ambassador and a member of LSU Student Government. Both of these opportunities have made an incredible impact on my LSU experience.

 

Every student’s journey at LSU is different, so encourage your student to get involved with an organization or community that they are truly passionate about. Friends for a lifetime can come in the most unexpected ways, and with endless opportunities getting involved truly makes a student’s time at LSU more memorable.lsu ambassadorsKAT

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From Four Days to Four Years

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Ryan Bolotte is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences from New Orleans, LA. During his time as a Tiger, Ryan has been involved in LSU Ambassadors, S.T.R.I.P.E.S., and Supplemental Instruction (SI). This summer Ryan is serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Science. In his senior year, Ryan will be working on getting accepted into medical school.

 

 

 

Coming to STRIPES (Student Tigers Rallying, Interacting, and Promoting Education and Service). as a participant, I wanted to be an LSU Tiger. After STRIPES, I knew that I was an LSU Tiger. Parents always ask me what their students should be doing before they start the fall semester or how their students can prepare for the big high school-to-college transition. The simplest answer that I can tell those parents is to send their student to STRIPES LSU’s STRIPES program is a four-day, three-night retreat that takes place in the weeks right before the fall semester, and it is open to all first-year students. There are several pillars that the STRIPES program stands upon, such as academic success, history and traditions, relationship building, and college readiness. STRIPES truly is the full package for every first-year student beginning his or her journey into the college world.

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Adjusting to both college academics and life at a university can seem like an overwhelming task to students and parents alike, but STRIPES provides students with a smooth transformation from high school to college as well as offers many ways to achieve academic excellence in that important first semester. During the four days of STRIPES, a professor visits the participants and gives a mock lecture, the students learn what their learning style is and how to use it to study, and representatives from each Senior College come to talk to students so that they can learn more about their respective majors. Participants also go on a campus tour, staff members take the students to find their classes, and various campus departments and resources are presented at STRIPES.

 

I was very nervous about how I would meet friends once I got to LSU since I was pretty shy coming out of high school, and I did not know many people going to LSU. STRIPES not only helped me make friendships that are still a part of my life today, it ignited a level of passion for LSU that I did not know was even possible. Throughout the week of STRIPES, participants spend a majority of their time in small groups of ten to fifteen other first-year students along with two small group leaders. STRIPES is divided into two streaks, Purple Streak and Gold Streak, and various activities occur within and between the streaks to promote relationship building with all of the students that attend STRIPES. The staff members put on a skit that teaches the participants all about LSU’s history and traditions, and there are other events like STRIPES Games and Roll Call that the participants partake in to learn more about LSU. The bonds that are made at STRIPES are so special because all of the participants are going through this experience together as they are immersed in the customs and culture of LSU.

Death ValleyThere are some events that take place at STRIPES that are difficult to capture in words. I watched my life change as I learned about the diversity that runs through this campus, and I realized that I had to accept myself for who I am. I have never felt so included and valued as I did when we sang the LSU Alma Mater at night on the steps of the Law Building with all of the participants and staff members. Spending the last evening of STRIPES alone in Tiger Stadium with only the participants and staff is so incredible; the energy and passion that fills the summer air is nearly tangible. Sitting in the Greek Amphitheatre filled with flickering candles that represent all of the founding qualities and characteristics of the STRIPES program is a breathtaking sight that I still appreciate.

Having gone through STRIPES as a participant and then serving on the student staff for a third time this summer, I have seen the unending benefits of this program. STRIPES gives the participants the confidence and passion to get involved and make a difference during their time here at LSU. One lesson that I pass on to all of my small group members is that they can be whoever they want to be when they arrive on LSU’s campus in the fall; what they did or did not do in high school does not have to define their experience at LSU. I believe that STRIPES is such a powerful and meaningful program because although it is only four days, it offers the opportunity to change every students’ next four years at LSU.

If you or your student are interested in STRIPES, I highly encourage you to visit the website at stripes.lsu.edu!

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Finding Something to Fill That Saturday Night Void: Arts at LSU

 IMG_0420Emily is a junior majoring in English from Metairie, LA. She was heavily involved in theatre throughout her elementary and high school years, but she now mostly opts for a seat in the audience. She still finds multiple ways to keep performing as a hobby, while juggling her involvement in LSU Ambassadors and her job as a campus tour guide. Emily is proud to serve as a Parent Orientation Leader for the college of Art and Design.

 

 

Let’s imagine it’s a Saturday night here at LSU. Most, myself included, immediately find their thoughts drifting to the deafening cheers ringing throughout Tiger Stadium as our football team takes center stage on the field. This image becomes a reality as fall semester rolls in and college football officially begins. Many affiliate football season as the one and only entertainment line up on campus. Of course, there are entertainment seasons outside of football and live music just as thrilling as the Tiger Band that can be found in multiple theatres and venues across campus.IMG_0735

Like football, the arts at LSU are one of the many versatile pieces in the puzzle that make Louisiana State University the flagship university it is. One of my favorite aspects of the arts on campus, especially the performing arts, is its availability to the student population. I grew up performing in theatre and constantly attending shows, so I’ve always been a fan of the arts. I naturally sought out opportunities to see shows on campus, and I first looked into the theatre department. LSU’s theatre department offers an array of performances by students in the department or professional actors, depending on the show. A typical season consists of two categories—LSU Theatre Mainstage and LSU Lab Shows, with special events intertwined during the season.

Many incoming students choose to take a theatre elective to fill their general education arts requirement, and in order to fully immerse themselves in the workings of live theatre, many professors require their students to see a certain number of LSU shows. I didn’t chose to take a theatre elective, but I still frequented the performances. Since so many of my friends were enrolled in Introduction to Theatre, I enjoyed discussing the various shows and sharing opinions on the performances.

The variety of performances during a season are housed in diverse theatres around campus, which include the Shaver Theatre and Lab theatre, both located in the Music and Dramatic Arts building, and the Swine Palace theatre that resides on the east side of campus. Each venue has a unique set up that enhances the performances staged there. Separate from these three theatre department stages stands the beautiful Union Theatre at the center of campus. This theatre is certainly one of my favorite spots on campus, and definitely my favorite performance venue. The state-of-the-art stage has been host to traveling Broadway shows, international ballets, famous comedians, and concerts. When I first found out that a theatre literally within walking distance of my residential hall offered professional Broadway shows at a discounted student rate, the theatre kid inside of me was jumping (or rather, dancing) for joy.

IMG_0459Many my favorite memories at LSU include soaking in the performing arts in the Union Theatre. I have had so many wonderful experiences as an audience member for symphonies, musical theatre class review, LSU Musical Theatre Club’s production of “Grease”, my favorite Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast”, and a Las Vegas Beatles Tribute entitled “Yesterday”. The variety of both amateur and professional shows hosted in this theatre offer a unique and inexpensive way for students to take advantage of one aspect of the arts on campus.

 Just as I discovered the wonders of Broadway touring shows making their way on campus, I encourage all students to reach out and discover what is going on in the world of LSU arts. I was only able to cover a small fraction of the typical theatre happenings at LSU, but there is so much more out there! If there is one thing I want my readers to gain from this post, it would be to keep your eyes open for traveling shows, art gallery specials, poetry readings, band concerts, or anything at all in the arts that piques your interest!

 

Football may last a season, but on-campus live entertainment is year-round. Find something to fill that Saturday night void.

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The LSU Tiger Card: Your Key to Campus

Mmorgan 1organ Decuir is currently a senior at LSU majoring in Elementary Education. She loves serving her university as a member of LSU Ambassadors, and she is also a proud member of Kappa Delta Epsilon and Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL). Throughout her years at LSU, she participated in SPRINGFEST as a Team Leader, served on the SPRINGFEST Executive Board as the Associate Chair for Events and Training, and served on the Student Support Service’s Student Activities Board as the Communications Liaison. This summer she is the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Human Sciences and Education. Morgan is more than thrilled to begin her career as a teacher in Fall 2015.

 

“Where do I pick up my ‘I.D. card’?”
“I’ve lost my Tiger Card. How much is it for a replacement?”
“I’ve had my picture on my I.D. since freshman year when the weather was ridiculously humid and very hot! I can’t believe I still have this thing after 5 years.”

     These are all statements that I’ve heard multiple times since my first day at LSU during the summer of 2011. I, like mostly all incoming students, was confused about what my Tiger Card was capable of doing for me on campus. I didn’t know its purpose. I definitely did not know that I could submit a picture for my Tiger Card instead of taking one in the office during orientation. Mainly, I was super confused about all that was on this thing! I was never used to carrying around an I.D. card at all times, until now. After misplacing mine multiple times and having to pay using my personal money to replace it definitely taught me the importance of not losing it often. The LSU’s Tiger Card is one of the most important cards that you will receive during your time here at LSU. You will have a love/hate relationship with your Tiger Card, but I hope to relieve some confusion about the many functions that are contained on it.

 

What is it? 

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Your Tiger Card accesses most/all functions on campus. It holds your key to your Residence Hall if you live on campus, it has your Meal Plan loaded on it, and it keeps your TigerCASH safe and secure. If you need to take a test on campus, make sure you have your Tiger Card. Want to go to a football game or any LSU sporting event? Don’t forget your Tiger Card, especially on Game Day. Your Tiger Card should be kept with you like you keep your driver’s license or debit card—close in reach. Your Tiger Card is more than just an identification card; it is your key to LSU!

 

Where can I get one?

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If you need a Tiger Card, feel free to stop by the Tiger Card Office, which is located in room 109 of the Student Union. If you would like to submit a picture for your Tiger Card before your orientation, feel free to log on the Tiger Card Office website at http://www.tigercard.lsu.edu and click “Online Photo.” There are requirements for online photo submittal, so please factor those requirements into your photo selection! While you are at orientation, you are also able to take your picture in the office if you did not submit one. By the way, the wait time to receive your card is less than 5 minutes, unless there is high traffic from orientation lines, which to me is a lot faster than at the DMV!

What do I use it for?

 

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You can use your Tiger Card any where on campus! Here are a few ways that you will use your Tiger Card:

-Entering your Residence Hall
-Use of block meals or Paw Points

-Use of TigerCASH

-Taking a test in class or in the Himes Testing Center

-Printing in Middleton Library

-Entering Tiger Stadium for a football game

-Doing your laundry in the Residence Halls

-Entering any LSU sports events

Do you know the difference between Paw Points and TigerCASH?

Well, Paw Points can only be used on campus for food purchases. For example, you can use your Paw Points to purchase food items in the Student Union, the Barnes and Noble bookstore, and even at the CC’s Coffee in Middleton Library. TigerCASH can be used on-campus and at some locations off-campus. If you have TigerCASH loaded on your Tiger Card, you can purchase food at Raising Cane’s or Chipotle. A full list of where you can use your TigerCASH can be found on the Tiger Card Office’s website.

I hope this post relieves any worries or concerns about your Tiger Card. Welcome to Louisiana State University, Class of 2018! Please enjoy your time here at orientation! We are all excited for you to be here and as always: Love Purple, and Live Gold! GEAUX TIGERS!

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Geauxing Greek: Randi Kirk

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Randi is a recent graduate of LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During her time at LSU she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, LSU Ambassadors, Alpha Lamda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. This summer she will serve as the Parent Orientation Leader to the College of Agriculture and this fall she will pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

Letters. No, I’m not talking about the 26-character alphabet you are taught at a young age, I’m talking about the Greek insignia that I wore on my first day of class.IMG_1602 The first day of classes for any college student can be intimidating but thankfully I walked into class and sat down next to a girl wearing the same exact shirt as me. Going into my fall semester of my freshman year of college there were many things I was unsure of: where would I live, what would my friends be like, would I succeed in school, but most of all – would I fit in? It’s the question that sits in the back of each person’s mind as they enter the unknown. Geauxing Greek for me was a no-brainer, my family’s tradition at LSU was to be Greek. Therefore, it was my every wish and desire to run down the curved road of West Lakeshore Drive in 100 degree weather before my first day of school.

IMG_1604Recruitment is exhilarating for some and absolutely terrifying for others. It’s filled with ice water and conversations, most being repetitive. However, regardless of the outcomes you end up where you truly belong. Although four years ago I couldn’t imagine being anything else but another sorority, I am incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a Zeta Tau Alpha.Being Greek is so much more than the stories one hears over the news, or what people post on Facebook, it’s a tradition that becomes a part of you forever. The letters that I represent stand for a philanthropy that changes lives, scholarship that pushes you to be a better student, leadership that develops you, and socials to round you out.

During my time in ZTA, I had the honor and privilege of serving in multiple leadership positions but the most rewarding was serving on Executive Council as the New Member Educator for 97 women. For an entire year, I dedicated my time and service to a position that consistently gave back to me in ways I never imagined. While serving on this council I also lived in the sorority house and let me tell you, the closet space is impeccable among 58 women. The house was a place that fostered many friendships that developed into best friends. There are nights of laughter, late night coffee runs, and studying until the early morning that I will never forget. Although, these few paragraphs may not say it, being Greek made me a better woman, a better sister, a better daughter, a better friend and a better student. I would not be the individual I am today without it and I will forever go into the world with the letters I wore for four years stored in the fondest part of my heart. My advice for you is that if you are considering Greek Life or if your son or daughter is considering becoming Greek, remember that we all get by from a little help from our friends. Take a chance and you just might find your home at LSU!IMG_1567

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LSU Reflection: Dylon Hoffpauir

Dylon is a recent alum of LSU with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Business, Dance and Physical Theater. During his time at LSU, Dylon bled purple and gold as an LSU Cheerleader, an LSU Ambassador and LSU Liaison. He plans to dedicate his summer to working as a Parent Orientation Leader for the Manship School of Mass Communication. He will move to Orlando, FL in September to pursue a career within Walt Disney World.

 

 
When you think of the word “reflection,” what comes to mind? To me, it brings to mind a mirror with my face staring back at me. When I began my journey as a Tiger in the fall of 2010, I knew that I was staring into the biggest, scariest mirror of my life. What did I want my “reflection” to show? Did I want to look into that purple and gold mirror years later and see stacks of text books and all my time spent in the library? Or did I want to see friends, memories, good times, laughter, success and growth in my reflection? When I took my first look into my LSU mirror, I knew that I wanted my reflection to be a bright one filled with perseverance and diversity.

As a recent graduate, I have one simple rule to follow, so that your LSU “reflection” can be a positive one, as well: stay open-minded and open to new opportunities. LSU has nearly 30,000 students, and there truly is a place for everyone on campus. I challenge you to be open to each person and opportunity you encounter during your time at LSU. By closing yourself off to a group of people or a new venture, you wouldn’t imagine the priceless experiences that you will miss out on. I challenge you to say “yes” when you feel nervous or unsure about opening a new window of opportunity at LSU. You won’t be disappointed!

During my time as an LSU Cheerleader and Ambassador, I was taught to embrace diversity. I have learned the importance of accepting my own differences and the differences of those around me. When I sit and take a look into my LSU mirror, my reflection is filled with so many memories of all the different people and experiences that I have had. Without being aware and appreciative of those diversities, my “reflection” would not be as spectacular and memorable as it is now.dylonblog2
I hope that each new Tiger of fall 2014 looks into their own mirror, not with anxiousness or nervousness, but with hope and the idea of diversity. I hope that you all embrace every single opportunity that LSU has to offer. By the end of your journey as a Tiger, I hope that your own LSU mirror is filled with “reflections” that are worth taking a second look.

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Change Break: Florida

Today’s post comes from Elisa Allen. She is a member of the class of 2017 from New Orleans, LA and is majoring in Marketing.

Driving into Florida Saturday afternoon was a beautiful sight. Our van erupted with laughter at the sight of dolphins leaping through the Gulf. After sitting through riveting environmental discussions and taking everything into perspective, it was a sad thought to think that what if in a few years others didn’t get to drive into places with the same beautiful greeting. I’m glad that on this trip not only was I able to do something impactful but I was informed on how to do more and continually help.
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Elissa Marie Allen (painting here in gold cap) paints part of the battery at Fort Pickens National Park in Pensacola, Florida.

Our team started off our trip in Pensacola, after a four hour drive of team bonding it was nice to reach our destination: campsite Fort Pickens. Well, technically it was the back-up campsite, we moved around a lot during the trip. We started off our work restoring Fort Pickens battery monuments, painting and cleaning the tour sites in the National Park. Finishing up there efficiently we went into the next day ready to tackle some trash. You would be amazed at the sight of all the trash that litters the beach; we definitely were. Working all day in the hot sun was exhausting, but camping less than a mile away was convenient. We ran into a bit of a storm, but the Park workers came to our rescue. I like to think it was good karma; we were saved from rain because we were doing what we could to make the place better.

We left the rain for Tallahassee Tuesday morning. There was a trend with the animals in Florida because this time we were greeted by a kid–that is a baby goat. We were shown around the magical Lichgate property that we had the pleasure of residing for the rest of the trip, than a tour of the SanLuis Mission our next volunteer project. The plan was to start working the following day but after finding out how much work was to be done we jumped in right then and there to prep. Working at the SanLuis Mission was such fun, despite all that had to be done. We worked the organic gardens weeding and planting and so much more. Being able to work with all friends, which is what our team came to be during this time, made everything so much better. Our work as well as everything else we experienced in Florida really inspired all of us to spread what we learned back into our community here in Baton Rouge.
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SPINning Out of Control!

taylor moss 2Meet Taylor Moss, a Junior Kinesiology student from Austin, TX. This will be her third year working Spring Invitational as an LSU Ambassador.

With the turning of the seasons from winter to spring comes the vision of 1500 high school seniors storming LSU’s campus. The students visiting campus are here for Spring Invitational, LSU’s orientation for high achieving students. Students with outstanding academic records are invited to attend this program to see campus, learn about LSU, and schedule their first semester classes far before the majority of students on campus. This year the three day program is this week, April 9-11. At this orientation program students should expect to be broken up in groups by anticipated senior college, spin 2take tests to earn college credit before actually taking college class, learn about life on campus, and experience the tiger spirit that resonates within each LSU student.

After working orientation the past two summers, Spring Invitational is my very favorite orientation. The students who attend this have the unique experience of seeing campus when it is alive with current college students, something that the summer orientation students do not experience. With campus in full swing, this allows the incoming freshmen the chance to truly see the magic and liveliness of LSU. At this orientation students get to meet other students from all over the country and start friendships that could last throughout college, as well as learn about the various services on campus that will help them be successful academically throughout their time here. I would recommend bringing test materials (pencils, calculator, etc.), pen and paper for notes, and maybe an umbrella just in case (you never know when it might rain in Baton Rouge). Most importantly however, I would bring an open mind and willingness to learn at Spring Invitational.

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LSU Ambassadors at Spring Invitational

LSU has so much to offer students academically and socially. There are so many organizations and ways to get involved on campus that your student is bound to find their place, and that journey starts at Spring Invitational. After the completion of this program, it is our hope that each student leaves with all the information they need to start college as well as a better understanding of what it means to be a part of the Tiger family!

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