Class of 2013 from Wytheville, Virginia
Majors: English and Psychology in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Campus Involvement: Peer Instructor for University 100; academic coach for the Learning Assistance and Resource Center; member of Sigma Tau Delta; member of the Radford University Ambassadors; Resident Assistant
Having begun her college education elsewhere, Cassidy Lawson is among the hundreds of students who transfer to Radford University each year. While attending a larger university, Lawson often felt alone in a sea of students. She soon decided she no longer wanted to feel like a nameless, faceless number and transferred to Radford University.
Her experience here has been completely different. While Radford boasts a student population of more than 9,300, the campus community immediately felt warmer and more engaging.
“It’s impossible to walk across campus and not see someone I know,” she said. “I love that. I also love the fact that you get to know everyone in your major and the professors know you by name. Becoming a Highlander was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”
Double majoring in English and psychology keeps Lawson busy, but she feels it is also important to be involved in campus life. One of her goals is to help other students feel part of the close-knit campus community.
“The thing I’ve enjoyed so much about my time at Radford is getting involved in students’ lives through campus activities, such as being a peer instructor, academic coach and a resident assistant,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see other students grow and adapt to life at Radford University and to know that I had something to do with that.”
After she receives her bachelor’s degree, Lawson plans to attend graduate school and then set her sights on a career in student affairs.
“I love the college atmosphere and I want to dedicate my future to helping students realize their full potential just as Radford University’s Division of Student Affairs has done for me,” she said.