What’s the most important thing you learned at Lafayette?
The most important thing I learned at Lafayette is the importance of strong support systems. I credit a large portion of my accomplishments to the unwavering support of my friends, teammates, family members, professors, and others who stood by me throughout my undergraduate career. Without their encouragement and guidance, I would not have been able to be as successful, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the value of this strong support network has taught me the importance of nurturing relationships, seeking help when needed, and offering support to others in return.
What one lesson or memory from Lafayette will remain with you for the rest of your life?
The memories from Lafayette that will remain with me for the rest of my life are those in which I was able to spend quality time with my friends. From practices and track meets to team dinners at Upper and long nights working on homework in Acopian, I cherished every moment I was able to spend with them. These experiences shaped my college experience and have also taught me the value of genuine connections and the power of friendship in creating lasting memories. I can confidently say that Lafayette has provided me with friends for life, and I am immensely grateful for that.
What advice would you give to high school students who are considering Lafayette?
My advice would be to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you at Lafayette. I was able to successfully complete a wide range of academic and extracurricular pursuits during my undergraduate career because I actively sought out new experiences and engaged in various campus activities. While certain opportunities might not initially capture your interest, I strongly encourage you to give them a try, as you may discover a hidden passion. For example, when I initially arrived at Lafayette, I had little interest in laboratory research. However, after taking an opportunity to begin working in the Lafayette polymers lab, I found it to be incredibly fascinating, which ultimately led me to pursue a career in research. I advise you to embrace these opportunities and step beyond your comfort zone to maximize your time at Lafayette.