Loving Purple, Living Gold, and Giving Thanks

Zach BrownZachary Brown is a first-year student in the Higher Education Administration Masters program at LSU. He hails from Memphis, TN and is currently serving as a graduate assistant in the Office of the First Year Experience.

As Thanksgiving and the end of the semester draw near, I could not be more thankful to have been welcomed into the LSU Tiger Family this year. In working with various faculty, staff, and students, I have learned that the phrase “Love Purple, Live Gold” is not just a common saying used to unite the LSU community, but an actual way of life. From the sea of purple and gold in Death Valley on Saturday to the dedicated faculty and staff members inside and outside of the classroom, the passion for LSU is evident across campus.

Our LSU family is not just on campus, however. The presence of LSU extends throughout the Baton Rouge community as well. As I think about  all of things that I am thankful for, I am made so much more aware of those around LSU and the Baton Rouge community that are not as fortunate as I am. As we reflect on all that we have and all that we have been given, let us remember to recognize and help those who are not as fortunate as we may be. At the end of the day, being a LSU Tiger is not about how many football games you attend or how many times you have visited Mike’s Habitat. Being a LSU Tiger is about showing compassion for everyone despite our differences. Being a LSU Tiger is making a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or small. Being a LSU Tiger is truly learning to Love Purple and Live Gold.

As you reflect and give back to those in need during this holiday season, our LSU family wishes you pleasant and safe travels, and remember Geaux Tigers!

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