NSHSS Staff Members Share their Favorite College Memories

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Congratulations to NSHSS Members of the Graduating Class of 2016! Most of you will be heading straight off to college, and perhaps the transition has you a little nervous, but don’t be. NSHSS is here to offer you a guiding hand. Many of our members forget that NSHSS membership lasts a lifetime, so is a reminder that we are committed to helping you each step of the way – from high school to college to career. NSHSS has specific discounts and scholarships to help you during your college years, and we are building a network of companies that have internship opportunities for our members.  Be sure to stay in touch with us by keeping your email updated on your member profile

College is a time for learning, growing as an individual, and making new friends. The memories you make in college with stick with your forever, so enjoy it. To celebrate, NSHSS Staff members have decided to share their favorite memories from college, and the pictures that go with them. We want to know where you are going next; post a picture of you in your college gear on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag it using #NSHSSCollegeSpirit. We'll select 10 pictures at random to win a $25 Amazon gift card to help you stock up on dorm room essentials. Please post your pictures by June 15th to be eligible to win.

NSHSS Staff Share Their #NSHSSCollegeSpirit

Beth Pann, Vice President
Denison University
Major: Art History

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I loved attending Denison University. There are so many great memories, I can’t choose just one.  The friends and professors that I met there helped to shape my interests and career path

Dr. Susan Thurman, Scholarship Director
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Major: B.A. & M.A. in English
Grad school:  Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Major: English – major area American Literature

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There are always a variety of special events on college campuses, and I remember getting to see musical and theatrical performances, and hear well-known authors read from their books.  A memory that stands out is attending a performance on campus of the acclaimed actress Dame Judith Anderson starring in Hamlet.  You don’t forget an actress in her 70’s playing Hamlet on stage.  Strange – but kind of amazing.

Myrna Lubin, Director of Educator Outreach
Duke University
Major: Spanish Literature

My fondest memory is Freshman Week – exciting to be in college, meet new people, make new friends

LaShandra Little
Albany State University
Major: Political Science


My fondest college memory was becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc on April 13, 2000.

Brittany Waltz, Development Manager
University of Georgia
Major: Child and Family Development

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Studying abroad in Cambodia allowed me to see beyond my own world, deepening my compassion and appreciation for humanity. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything!

Lisa Palazzolo, Development Manager
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: International Affairs

Lisa Egypt

My time at Tech was incredible! My favorite memory is the summer I spent studying abroad in Egypt through the Georgia Tech Arabic LBAT (Language, Business and Technology) Program. Not only was I able to improve my Arabic skills through immersion, but I also participated in really unique business excursions like visiting a BMW assembly plant, Coca-Cola's Egyptian offices, and a call center for a biomedical company. Before the trip I was most excited to see the pyramids and other historical sites, but I never expected to enjoy the business visits just as much, if not more, than the "fun" excursions. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the business environment of another culture, and it inspired me to pursue my graduate studies in International Business. My trip to Egypt taught me that the most unexpected experiences are often the ones that teach us the most.

Brandi Jones, Scholarship Coordinator
Kennesaw State University
Major: English

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My fondest memory is being the only freshman women’s basketball player to earn Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week Honors as a student-athlete for the Kennesaw State Women’s Basketball Team (http://www.ksuowls.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1116) and receiving Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Honors during all years as a student-athlete.

Diane Huynh, Member Services Intern
Oglethorpe University
Major: Human Resources


My fondest memory in college by far is attending and volunteering at Walk for Wishes this year with my sorority sisters.

Paula Jane Santa Cruz, Communications Assistant
Oglethorpe University
Major: Communications, minor in Spanish


 My fondest memory in college was becoming an Orientation Leader. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with hundreds of freshmen. Many of the students I met on Orientation weekend are now very close friends. I am looking forward to serve on the governing Orientation Council this upcoming year.

Tony Betton Jr., Member Services Specialist
Georgia State University
Major: Journalism & Public Relations, minor in New Media Management


I Created, Cast, Directed, Filmed & Edited a video to SUPPORT Usher Raymond IV & Tidal on their Campaign for Change. I teamed up with my friends at Georgia State University to create our own ‘Chains’ video, #NoChainsOnGState, which illustrates how minority students on my campus are “breaking the chains” and defying racial stereotypes. The video went viral on campus, causing the school to be the winners of the contest! Soon after, Usher took over a packed GSU auditorium and broke down the concept behind his two ‘Chains’ music videos. He encouraged students to realize their power to use social media and art, like my friends and I did, to spread positive messages and create dialogue around issues we are passionate about. It felt good to bring my mentor to my school and make an impact on my campus.