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BWLI Students and Committee

The Best Choice

03/27/2013

Few students are as involved on campus as Asia Andrews '14 of Brockton, Mass.

Not only is she the president of the Black Student Union, Andrews also serves as the vice president of the Asian Club, and belongs to numerous campus organization, including Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR), ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American), the President's ALANA Student Advisory (PASA), the New England Association of Schools and College (NEASC) Committee and the National Residence Honorary Hall (NRHH) - which consists of the top 1 percent of resident life students.

Between volunteering for Admissions, Andrews also plays intramural volleyball, and is employed by Aramark in the Subway restaurant on campus. She also served as the guest speaker on behalf of the student body for MCLA President Mary K. Grant's 10th anniversary as the head of the College, and the "Sowing Seeds for Success" fundraising campaign - just to name a few.

And the psychology major balances these roles and her studies with great precision. But, with an eye on becoming a guidance counselor for at-risk high school students so she might help them on a path to college, she gets it done.

According to Andrews, her many activities have been important to her growth and learning at MCLA. Besides providing opportunities to network and make some great connections, "I have learned the importance of being a team player," she said.

In addition, Andrews discovered her personal strengths and weaknesses, which allow her to learn new skills each and every day, she said. By pushing herself to step out of her comfort zone, Andrews also overcame one of her biggest fears - public speaking.

"All of these positions and activities have taught me the importance of my talents and how I can influence my peers around me," she said.

It's hard to believe that when she first arrived on campus, Andrews thought MCLA was not for her.

"I was late registering when I first came here my freshman year, because I was supposed to be attending a different school. Previously I attended Clark Atlanta University as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, but I was not able to continue my education there because of the lack of financial assistance," she explained. "MCLA was my second choice, but I am beyond happy that I got the opportunity to attend this college. It has taught me so much and allowed me to grow as an individual each and every day."

During her sophomore year, Andrews worked as a resident adviser in Hoosac Hall, where she was a mentor, an adviser, a listener, provided a shoulder to lean on, and more.

"It was one of the greatest experiences. At first I was really nervous and doubted I would be able to handle the job, but once I got into the swing of things it's like it all came naturally," Andrews explained. "My residents really trusted me and came to me whenever they had a problem."

Andrews said she made the best decision by attending MCLA. "Small classroom sizes, one-on-one time with professors, and much more, have all contributed to my stay here."

According to Andrews, "There is so much to be proud of here at this college. With such a small community in numbers, compared to other colleges, we are the biggest in terms of our spirit and energy that is displayed here on campus. I have met some great faculty and staff, who have helped me make life decisions. They've also made my experience here one to remember forever."