"A lot of Ph.D. programs think of you as a brain on a stick. ... But it was clear that that wasn’t the case at #Baylor. As I talked to faculty, as I was getting to know the program, they wanted to know about my family, about my job, about my whole self, not just my academic self."
"Baylor kind of opened the door for me to say, 'No, I can do both.' I can be proud of who I am and bring in other people to celebrate that while enjoying other cultures around me. At Baylor, I feel like I can be myself."
"Baylor wasn’t my initial choice; I wanted to get out and explore the world. But Baylor felt like home in a way that I wasn’t expecting. The first time I stepped on campus, I encountered so many kind people, it was different than any environment I had seen before on a college campus. "
"My organization's advisor, Lizzy Davis, is such a light in my life, and I love her so much. ... She’s been my friend, my mentor, my counselor, my sponsor, everything you can imagine. She’s the reason I’m here today and my mental sanity is what it is, because I honestly don’t know where I’d be without her. For sure, she is a light in my life, an amazing individual."
Brooke Blevins wants students to know they don't have to wait until they're adults to get engaged in making a difference in their community. This summer she'll work with 100 sixth- through ninth-graders during an intensive week-long camp focused on civics.
Putting a price on what someone is willing to pay to protect or improve the environment is a focus for Dr. Tisha Emerson, the Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics. She is also known for integrating research in the classroom as a way to help her students learn.
Sha Towers serves Baylor as the director of central libraries, the director of research & engagement, the librarian for theatre and visual arts, and the curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection (BBAC).
Dr. Monique Marsh-Bell serves as the assistant athletic director for mental health services. The best part of her job? Helping students learn about mental illness and how to be proactive in their mental health.
As director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities, Kristen Padilla-Mainor seeks to shine her light by preparing students to serve children with developmental disabilities and sharing her expertise with educators.
"People aren’t kidding when they say Baylor is one big family; that’s truly what it feels like. And considering the fact that I’ll be hours away from mine for the next four years, I’m blessed to be surrounded by like-minded individuals committed to community and Christ."
"I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as super extroverted... [but] a lot of my professors have helped me realize that’s not all that leadership is. They really inspired me and helped me with the process when I was struggling and had self-doubt of, 'Am I going to be a good CL?' They were so encouraging to me."
"I’ve actually had a lot of experience with trying to be the light to somebody, and it rarely is some of the big things that I think, 'Oh, this will show them love'... It’s just those very simple, small things that actually show them that I care."
"My mom came to this country from Cameroon in 1991 -- didn’t have a dollar to her name when she came here -- and all she wanted to do was make sure she had something for me. I feel like graduating from college is my gift for her."
"The encouragements are a little way to show them, 'I understand what you’re going through, I did this too, and I really do care about you.' The prayer requests -- I want them to know they can count on me for whatever."
Marlene Reed, entrepreneur in residence in the Hankamer School of Business, already has collected 80 case studies, published in textbooks and journals, and all focused on real organizations and real-life business scenarios.
"It was a really cool thing, showing them the importance of relationships and caring for people. I got to take it to Scott the last time I was in town. I went to the oncology center and I took it to him while he was having a treatment. It was him and his dad. It was really cool -- just a cool way to give him a little boost.”
"We’re so used to shining our light on campus and into the lives of others that sometimes it gets dimmed, and we need it to be rejuvenated in a way. … Darrian really helped me by uplifting me and speaking life into me and letting his light shine onto me while mine was getting a little dim.”
"It really makes a difference when you’re going around to different schools and feel like you’re just a number, when someone says to you ‘God has a purpose for you, and we care about that purpose’ -- that made a huge difference to me."