I decided to join ALD because it would lead to good connections and friendships. ALD has really given me the opportunity to engage on campus and not be so nervous. I think as freshmen we are all scared of what could become of our college experience, but ALD has already left me with so many life-lasting memories.
ALD has played a major role in my undergraduate career by getting me comfortable. ALD has also prepared me for future classes by making me not afraid to ask questions and be involved. We are here to learn and grow in our career, so we need to take charge of our education.
One way I balance both involvement on campus and academic excellence is by putting them together. I don’t think of it as a “balance” but doing something fun while accomplishing proper academic goals. When I go to do something with my friends, I bring along my laptop and set aside time for homework.
My favorite activity so far has been the ALD Halloween Party. We had lots of games, food, and fun to help people engage. We created memories that last a lifetime with amazing friends. ALD has encouraged me to get out and have fun, but also to make a difference and make the most of what we have.
ALD has taught me it’s okay to be different and follow your own path. I am special, and I can become a leader by using my own leadership style. When you step up, create change, and encourage differences, leadership and team building will be accomplished.
I would like to become a counselor to help others as so many have helped me. I am specifically interested in working with and helping children. I have always had the passion to do something where I can make an impact. I promote others to do the same and appreciate their own journey ahead.
Northern Kentucky University freshman students have the opportunity to experience their first college year in an environment that promotes active learning, collaboration and personal development through these programs: