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.