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Meet Your OL


Matthew Boudreaux

Orientation Team Leader

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Classification: Senior

Major: Human Resource Education concentrating in Leadership & Development

Abbey Hollingsworth

Hometown: Lacombe, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Mass Communication

"I'm seaux excited to get to know the class of 2020 and I can't wait for this summer! I decided to become an orientation leader because I wanted to help the incoming class make LSU their new home. I love the university and I want to pass that love on to the new freshmen! When coming to orientation, remember to have an open mind and don't be afraid to branch out! Making new friends and having fun is a huge part of college."

Aiden Craver

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Mass Communication minoring in Film & Media Arts

"I am so excited to make LSU your home because I was scared when I first came, but LSU has been the best thing to happen to me. My favorite spot on campus is the roof of Barnes & Noble. You can see the whole campus from the rooftop and it is absolutely gorgeous."

Allison Petite

Hometown: Gonzales, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Mathematics concentrating in Secondary Education

"I have come to appreciate this university’s dedication to its history and traditions, academics, and diverse culture. I am confident that each one of you will find your place at this amazing university. I know starting college can seem scary, but I promise you that my fellow orientation leaders and I will do everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible so that each one of you can being to LOVE PURPLE and LIVE GOLD. Welcome home, Class of 2020."

Asia Williams

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Animal Science concentrating in Pre-Veterinary Medicine

"Everything can seem very frightening at first because it is all new, but as long as you keep an open mind, you all will be great! I decided to become an Orientation Leader so I can help my students realize the amazing resources and opportunities LSU has to offer them!"

Avery Walker

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Communication Disorders & Spanish

"I came from a tiny school with no football team to a massive school with an insurmountable level of pride and spirit. Still, despite knowing no one and being accustomed to a totally different environment, LSU has become my home. Over time, I have no doubt the same will happen to you; your opportunities for growth here as a student, as a person, and as a Tiger are limitless. As you go through orientation, do your best to relax and take everything in stride."

Bryan Livaudais

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Finance

" I am super pumped to be able to help you guys in any way I can this summer. College has a funny way of leading you in new directions that you never would have seen yourself traveling in. It took me a little while to figure out my path. But now, this Finance major from Mandeville, LA realizes that he is so glad he came to LSU. You all are going to meet so many interesting people, experience so many fun moments, and realize that life is just going to keep getting better and better."

Casey Wortham

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Wildlife Ecology

"Just a few tips for you guys, make sure to come into college with an open mind and jump at every opportunity that comes your way. There will be bumps down the road, and I can especially relate to my out of state students, who are farther away from home, but I can tell you from experience that once you find your niche here on campus, this place will seem a lot smaller."

Darla Nguyen

Hometown: Harvey, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Mass Communication concentrating in Public Relations

" When I attended orientation in 2014, it was my first time setting foot on campus. I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous and overwhelmed. With the help of my orientation leader, I came to realize that college is the time and place to be vulnerable to new experiences. These new experiences can range from going to a football game with a new friend to running for leadership positions on campus. College can be exciting and frightening all at the same time. As your orientation leaders, we are here to help you overcome any fears you may have as a future tiger. Take a deep breath. We’ll see you all very soon! Welcome home."

Drake Wakefield

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Petroleum Engineering minoring in Business Administration

" This summer is going to fly by quickly and pretty soon you will all be on campus ready to start your first year as Tigers! My advice to you all is to get involved on campus in one of our more than 300 organizations. Find something that interest you but don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Getting involved can really help make LSU home!"

Emily Jones

Hometown: Chalmette, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Kinesiology Pre-Med minoring in Biology

"One piece of advice I'd like to leave with all the incoming students is to remember that college is a completely new environment, experience, and chapter in your life! Keep an open mind so that you are able to broaden your horizons and make new friends you never thought you would have! My job as an orientation leader is to ease you into this process and I hope that I can make LSU your home! I Can't wait for an amazing summer with you all and as always, GEAUX TIGERS!"

Emma Castay

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Classification: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

"My advice to incoming students would be to branch out, develop friendships, and truly discover your passion for LSU starting as soon as you step foot onto this amazing campus. It starts at orientation and will continue until graduation, but we promise to help you make this place your home!"

Gabby Darden

Hometown: Charenton, Louisiana

Classification: Senior

Major: Mass Communication

"I hope that you always keep an open mind at orientation and throughout your time at LSU because that’s how you’re going to make this place your home. And don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! One of my favorite quotes is, “Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens.” So get out there and find your magic, Tigers! I’ll see y’all soon, but until then…GEAUX TIGERS!"

Kenya James

Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Business Marketing

" I am very honored to be serving as one of your Orientation Leaders over the summer, and I hope and pray I can make LSU your home by giving you helpful tips like investing in a pair of rain boots for Louisiana's constant weather changes or even taking a few minutes out of my day to help you cope with the college life! Whatever it may be, I will be here to help because I want to make LSU your home! #WelcomeHomeClassof2020"

Kyle Wedge

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Classification: Senior

Major: Math & Economics

"I am excited to embark on an amazing orientation experience with you all. There are sure to be some new challenges, but they are an important part of growth and personal discovery. My hope is that this first experience with LSU will be as welcoming as possible. My advice to ensure that happens is to stretch a little outside of your comfort zone and understand that everything beautiful and awesome that will ever be in your life already exist."

Lindsey Powell

Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

"A few tips I have for the Class of 2020:

1. Go to Evening Activities during orientation.. you will have so much fun and meet some great people while you're there. I promise you won't regret it!

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. We are your OL's for a reason, we want y'all to ask us questions to make sure you feel at home!

3. College is about growing as an individual, so take every obstacle and anything thrown at you and embrace it, overcome it, and conquer it.

and last,

Don't forget to come with an open-mind (and an UMBRELLA) and as always Geaux Tigers!"

Madison Lucas

Hometown: Friendswood, Texas

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Animal Science concentrating in Pre-Veterinary Medicine

" I am counting down the days until I get to meet all of you! I remember being nervous coming to orientation by myself from out of state, but it did not take long for LSU to become my home. Remember to go into orientation with an opened mind, you are about to make friends and memories that will last a life time. Never be afraid to try new things and get involved on campus. It goes by way too fast! "

Matthew Bates

Hometown: Spring Hill, Tennessee

Classification: Junior

Major: Biological Engineering

"Freshman year will be so exciting, but always remember to keep school first. LSU provides everyone with so many opportunities to succeed and just know that everyone here is rooting for you! The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to get involved throughout your time here. Coming from out-of-state, I came to LSU not knowing anyone. However, by getting involved around campus and joining different student organizations, I’ve really felt like I’ve found home."

Michelle Muzzillo

Hometown: Wylie, Texas

Classification: Junior

Major: Sociology concentrating in Criminology

" It may not seem like it now, but soon you too will accidentally call LSU "home" when visiting your parents in your hometown. I know many of you will be scared coming to orientation and LSU in general, and while I cannot make those fears disappear in these few short words, I hope that I and my fellow orientation leaders can help those fears disappear during and after orientation this summer. I encourage you all to take a deep breath, shake out any nervousness, and plunge head first into the new people and experiences you will encounter here at LSU! Get excited y'all, it's time to make LSU you home."

Moné t LaCour

Hometown: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Political Science minoring in Spanish

"I want you to make sure that you have fun and enjoy college because college is a one in a lifetime experience and one day you’ll probably miss this time in your life! Don’t be afraid to try something new because you might end up loving it! Can’t wait to see y’all and GEAUX TIGERS!"

Nate Watson

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design

"It is okay if you are still unsure about what you want to do because you still have so much time to find what you are interested in. I also advise students to truly experience all the great traditions LSU has to offer, from Saturday nights in Death Valley to walking the lakes on a nice afternoon. No matter where you come from or where you want to go - LSU has a home for you."

Shelby Paine

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Mass Communication concentrating in Digital Advertising

"I hope to inspire you to make the most out of your time here, and hope that after Orientation, LSU feels a little more like home. I won’t lie, the transition into college comes with a new set of challenges, worries, and tough decisions; but it also gives you new amazing memories, knowledge, growth, and passion. Plus, you are a part of the Tiger family now!"

Sonia Pereira

Hometown: Minden, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Biology

"One important thing to remember as you make the transition to college is that it is just that: a transition. If you’re anything like me, that alone seems terrifying. However, please trust me when I encourage you to embrace it! Embrace the changes as they come because growth is a necessary and important process. This is the best time for you to learn and to flourish in the person you are becoming."

Sydnei Hall

Hometown: Opelousas, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Biological Sciences

"What I am Most Excited About: Meeting all of my amazing future students and showing them what it means to love purple and live gold!

Why I Choose to be an OL: I want to make an impact on students and help make LSU their home away from home. My OL really eased my fear of college and I hope to implement that in my students to comfort them in this major transition in their life.

Tips: Always have an Umbrella and a positive attitude! :)"

Trisha Torres

Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana

Classification: Junior

Major: Mass Communication concentrating in Public Relations

"I’m seaux excited to spend this summer under LSU’s stately oaks and broad magnolias, welcoming all of you to your new home. My biggest piece of advice when coming to college is to find your space. Being on your own for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s nice to find someplace on or off campus that feels comforting and can be your escape from school and stress. It can be anything!"

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