Lucy-Ann Muabe, Freshman
Lucy-Ann says she suffers from stage fright, but you would never guess that when you chat with her and look at her long list of extracurricular activities in only her first year in college, including the cross country and soccer teams, the dance team, and the Silver Lake Concert Choir, as well as a part-time work study position in the College Advancement Department. This petite native of Cameroon came to the United States seven years ago with her sisters to join their mother, who was already in the U.S. She attended a small Catholic high school in Wisconsin, which she describes as a close-knit community, with teachers “like second parents.” She credits her high school counselor Miss Miley with encouraging her to consider Silver Lake College, and she is delighted with her decision. “You won’t just be a number here,” she says. “You will get one-on-one attention.”
The accessibility of athletics at Silver Lake College was another plus for Lucy-Ann. For health reasons she could not participate in sports until her senior year in high school, but once she was cleared to join, she wasted no time, competing in 100 and 200 meter individual sprints, relays, shot put and discus in high school, and joining the cross country and soccer teams at college. The adjustment from sprints to long distance running was “crazy,” she says, with plenty of shin splints, but still a lot of fun. She really likes cross country coach Ryan Roberts, whom she says is “very good at motivating people.”
Most of Lucy-Ann’s classes are pretty standard for a freshman – composition, speech, math and business – but she says she enjoys her speech class the most, because it has really helped boost her confidence. When asked what she would tell new incoming students, she says “Don’t be shy! Join clubs and participate in activities. Surround yourself with people who will help you be better, people you can call family.” In her short time at Silver Lake College Lucy-Ann has already developed close friendships, and says her two closest girlfriends are “like sisters.” Although she hasn’t locked in her career path yet, she looks forward to a great experience here and graduate school in the future.