Landry, a first year student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, is a student leader who is active in helping those in need. She started the Goldbug Closet at her high school to make available good, used clothing and outerwear to any student or local family member in need. She has continued to support this endeavor and also worked this year with the group, Kids Against Hunger. Landry is very active with the Student Government Association on campus and supports its many projects. She was selected as one of fifteen students to be in this year's President's Leadership Class, the highest freshman honor available at our institution. Landry mentors elementary school students on a regular basis. She is a 4.0 GPA student and majors in political science; and she plans to attend law school in the future.
Ghandi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service." His words became part of my life in high school. Many students at my high school live on their own, take care of their siblings or even their parents. A simple thing such as new clothing can make a difference in their lives. I created a service organization called "The Goldbug Closet" to provide them with new clothes. Creating this organization was challenging but rewarding. It provided me the opportunity to speak at civic meetings and taught me that true leadership is serving others.The importance of civic engagement is seen in the results achieved when individuals see an issue that arises in their community, and they take action. I have experienced firsthand how my community supports organizations and schools. I take pride in being a member of a community that has outstanding civic engagement from my fellow community members. After providing a pair of shoes to a middle school coach to give to one of her athletes, she thanked me, and I replied, "No big deal". She responded, "It is to him." In that moment, I learned the true importance of civic involvement.