Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Leader Spotlight

Leo Flores

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Pre-Vet Biology

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Organization/Position: Student Director for the Purple Haze Association and Gen Jacks Counselor

What organizations and /or officers are you involved in?

Purple Haze Association and Gen Jacks

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I have gained a wide network of other hard-working student leaders and great communication skills that help me meet more people.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

I set time aside for homework and studying and keep track of my calendar that has all of my events and activities.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

I would say go for it! College is a great time for you to get out there and not only explore new activities/hobbies, but also to meet new people.

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I integrate the principles of respect, caring, and unity when speaking and meeting new people, as well as when working with others. When doing work, I implement principles of responsibility and integrity to help make sure I give my work my all.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I plan to use them to advance in my career. Leadership skills can easily be applied when going for manager positions or, in my case, veterinarian positions.

Lauren Roach

Classification: Senior

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Organization/Position: President of the Black Student Caucus

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

Black Student Caucus - Women of Virtue - NAACP - National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) A.A.R.C: S.I. Leader Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA): Student Ambassador

What have you gained from being a student leader?

Being a student leader has allowed me to gain a better idea of who I am as a person. I have gained a multitude of connections across campus between students and faculty & staff. There are so many relationships that I have created that would not have cultivated had it not been for me becoming the student leader I am today. I am very grateful to be viewed as a student leader on my campus.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

A planner! I utilize an online calendar to show my general overview of the week and utilize my physical planner to highlight the details of each day. I also love my daily and weekly to-do lists. I color-code all of my classes and co-curricular activities so I can visually see where a lot of my time is going and it also shows me what I need to put more of my time into.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

I beg our students to get involved because it makes your time at SFA an experience. The organizations I'm apart of give me a reason to leave my room for the day and provide me with a platform to share my passions. I personally believe that every student should find their organization of choice. Academics teaches us a lot of the technical skills but it's always the experiences I've gained from being involved in organizations that I find myself talking about in my interviews. It's what makes my interview separate from the others and allows me to build skills that you can't find in the classroom.

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I live by the SFA Way through all of my involvements on campus. Being in the Office of Multicultural Affairs has allowed me to live by the Principle of Respect when encountering students who hold beliefs and views different from my own. A lot of these individuals have become my friends and our experiences help shape each other's perspective. My time as a community assistant and S.I. instructor has also allowed me to live by the Principle of Caring for first-year residents and my tutoring clients, creating a welcoming environment for them so SFA can feel like a second home. All of my involvements on campus are centered around ensuring the current and future students are aware of the opportunities available to them at SFA.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

Well the group work doesn't stop in college! Post-grad, I plan to utilize my leadership skills in every aspect of my accounting career. Being a student leader has allowed me to see how much I truly enjoy speaking to others. I'm that one person who loves to present to others therefore, I see myself growing my public speaking skills to increase my opportunity to share knowledge with others in my career field.

Courtney Banfield

Courtney Banfield

Classification: Junior

Major: Management

Hometown: Friendswood, Texas

Organization/Position: Dance Team Captain

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

Spirit Teams

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I've gained the knowledge of learning how to lead a team properly and how to set an example for others. I've learned that everything we do, we do together and achieve our goals together as a team.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

I be sure to set a block of time a few times a week that is strictly for school work. I do this because I have all online classes so setting a time helps me not procrastinate on school work.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

Do it. I will always recommend getting involved because not only do you learn so many new things but you also will meet your life long friends in organizations. Always get involved because it allows you to learn new cultures as well from different people you meet.

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I live by the SFA Way by being true to myself and respecting others.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I plan to hold my leadership skills and use them throughout life whether it be a job, another team, or volunteering somewhere. Leadership skills are always a great quality one should possess.