Kolby Lirette, Human Resource Education Junior
If you were to ask me why I love purple, I’d tell you it’s because it is the color of passion—the intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, and desire for my university. Every day that I step on this glorious campus, I’m reminded of the undying passion that bleeds from my soul and finds its refuge among kindred spirits in scholarly halls and under stately oaks. Fitting that along with passion, purple would also represent royalty. With a Top Tier curriculum, 46 National Championship titles, and an exhilarating history, there is no doubt, that LSU has earned its ranks among royalty. Why do I love purple? I love purple because it is my vehicle—it transports me to success and a brighter future. I love purple because it is the roar of the stadium on a Saturday night—92,000 people all united in a common pursuit. I love purple because it is LSU—an institution like no other.
If you were to ask me how I live gold, I’d tell you that I do it by standing firm in my beliefs. If purple is my vehicle, gold is the fuel that drives it. At LSU, gold runs through our veins and pulses in our hearts; It lines our shelves and paints our sky. So how do I live gold? I live gold every day by waking up and promising myself that I will do my best and give it my all. I live gold every day by doing what I know I should, even when no one is watching. I live gold every day by making sure that my actions ensure an honest FOREVER LSU!
I love purple because it is the color that represents my home. LSU has become so much more to me than just a university; it is a community. Here I have received the knowledge to help me succeed in my career, as well as in my life. My experiences reach beyond the classroom and I have learned so much more from my professors and fellow students than I could have ever hoped to know. I know that one day when I leave LSU, I will be leaving it a better person than who I was when I first stepped into these inspiring halls. And maybe if I’m lucky, I will leave this great institution a slightly better place than when I was fortunate enough to find it.
I live gold by setting high standards for myself and holding my peers accountable to those standards as well. Living gold is about going above and beyond in your studies and your service to the community. It is about preparing for your future while living in the present. Most importantly, living gold is remembering that all of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.