When I got into this job in March of 2018, I had so many great expectations for the program. In order to obtain the most diverse class of students I talked to staff in the Cultural Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ+ Center, etc., on top of attending every orientation session for their RSO fair. I pushed and I pushed Freshmen LEAD (and TFF to a smaller degree), but I never expected to have as a great of a class as we did. From the glowing personalities, the hilarious sing-alongs, and my numerous Dad moments, this year’s class has drastically changed my life.
From initial interviews these LEADers showed confidence in their abilities and a true passion to educate and serve. When I met with the 11 ESP (Empower & Serve Program) groups throughout the year the groups displayed tremendous passion for their topics. Our Mental Health group threw two days’ worth of events talking about self-care. The Environment/Sustainability group put on an E-waste drive. The Human Prosperity team had a speaker come to talk about the false stigma that has been placed on Appalachia. Other ideas consisted of a self-defense course, pet ownership fair, and a slew of other fantastic ideas.
This year I’m proud to say that the Freshmen LEAD Class of ’19 consist of the future of this University and society. These 45 students all come from vastly different backgrounds but are tied together by their love for public service. It pains myself, Alex, and Wyatt to see the year come to an end, but the bonds we built transcends any academic calendar.
Freshmen LEAD embodies service and leadership to engage incoming first year students with the campus and Louisville community.
Programming: Logan Bibby
Service: Veronica Lam