Kelsi Bryant ’22

Kelsi Bryant

My time at Lawrence University was heavily influenced by the people I met and the opportunities afforded to me. Moving to Appleton from Saint Louis, MO was a surprisingly difficult transition. I experienced culture shock. However, I made a commitment to myself and my support system to graduate from Lawrence University. During my freshman year, I decided to try to connect with other Lawrentians and become involved in campus life as a way to assist in my transition. This decision would ultimately influence my overall experience at Lawrence University and change the trajectory of my professional career and personal interest.

At the end of my freshman year, I created the Lawrence University Cheerleading Team through the processes established by Lawrence University Community Council. This was the first time that I felt completely confident in my ability to be successful in the things I hoped to accomplish. I enjoyed shaping the school spirit at Lawrence and creating a team that many Lawrentians continue to enjoy. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to serve as Lawrence University Community Council president for two years. In this role, I met frequently with university administration, including President Dr. Laurie Carter. By witnessing their direct impact on the student experience in academics, the area surrounding the university, and student day to day student life, I was motivated to change my career aspirations. Lawrence taught me that University has the opportunity to change lives for the better, and I now participate in that work.