Meet Your OL
Head Parent Orientation Leader
Hometown: Laccassine, Louisiana
Major: Mechanical Engineering
"As a child of the ultimate helicopter parents, I can assure you the growth your child will experience here will be invaluable and unlike anything they can achieve elsewhere. So don’t be scared, step back and trust this wonderful place. And I’ll let you in on a secret: We may never admit it, but the more time that we spend away, the more we enjoy the time we spend with you. A win-win!"
Parent Orientation Leader: College of Agriculture & College of Music and Dramatic Arts
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Human Resources and Education
"Have a discussion with your tiger about this new chapter in their life and what they are starting."
Parent Orientation Leader: College of Science and the School of Coast and Environment
Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana
Major: Biological Sciences
"Always remember that it is okay if your student makes a mistake. They will make a mistake, and that is a part of the college experience. The important part is to make sure they learn from their mistakes because that is how they will make the most of their time here at LSU. Also, always be there for them when they are stressed out or feeling down because a phone call from parents goes a long way."
Parent Orientation Leader: Humanities & Social Sciences
Hometown: Houma, Louisiana
"LSU is always here for your students! LSU offers many resources to make sure your students succeed. From orientation to graduation, LSU is here for you and your student every step of the way."
Parent Orientation Leader: College of Art & Design
Hometown: DeRidder, Louisiana
Major: Kinesiology concentrating in Pre-Physical Therapy
"Trust your student and also believe that you have taught your student how to be a successful adult."
Parent Orientation Leader: University Center for Freshman Year
Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
"Your tiger is in for the experience of a lifetime. Although they are leaving home to become and adult, your baby will always be your baby. Make sure you and your tiger are constantly building communication, trust, and respect."
Parent Orientation Leader: College of Engineering
Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana
"Take initiative and stay involved. College kids can be forgetful and as much as we want you to know what’s going on, we may forget to tell you!"
Parent Orientation Leader: Human Sciences and Education
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Major: Kinesiology concentrating on being a Physician’s Assistant
"Encourage your child through their struggles and be that listening ear your student may need from time to time. Start to understand when your students need to be parented and when they need their “mom & dad” because they’ll miss them even if they don’t say it. College can be tough and you’re their biggest support system through their next years here at LSU."
Her advice to parents is to just be supportive of your students. This is a very new experience for them and having your support can be the best thing to help them get through it. Just a few supportive words letting them know you are there if they need anything or that you are proud of them can really make all the difference.
Parent Orientation Leader: E.J. Ourso College of Business
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Major: Business Management
"Relax and breathe. Everything will be fine! Your student is getting a great education, they are safe, and they are just a phone call away. They’ll miss you just as much as you’ll miss them!"
Parent Orientation Leader: University Center for Advising and Counseling
Hometown: Houma, Louisiana
"Try to be there for your student in whatever way possible! College can be stressful at times for students, and sometimes simply listening to your student vent during a phone call or guiding them through a sticky situation can help them much more than you may think!"
Parent Orientation Leader: Manship School of Mass Communication
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Major: Child & Family Studies minoring in Psychology
"If your student is calling you to complain about a problem, they don’t necessarily want you to fix the problem, sometimes they just want someone to listen. College is the time for self-development. The best thing a parent can do during this time is support their student."