This Could Be You
As Freshman class president, Tevon Blair, a native of Chicago, displays leadership in several capacities. He is organizing a student movement to build campus spirit and generate unifying energy among students to boost Dillard University's image through several venues. The Mass Communication major, who graduated from the infamous Kenwood Academy, says he chose to attend Dillard after meeting President Walter Kimborugh on a campus tour while he was in high school.
"He was the first college president I met who took the time to come and speak to prospective students," Blair recalled. "I was so impressed with the small class sizes, the beautiful campus and warm welcoming atmosphere here already. But when the president talked to me and made me feel like I belonged here, I was sold on Dillard University."
Of all the campuses Blair said he visited including Xavier, Southern, Tulane and Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, Dillard's was the only university that made him feel at home.
"My high school is bigger than Dillard, and I know what it feels like to be a small fish in a big pond," Blair said. "But at Dillard, I"m not just a number waiting in long lines to get things done and earn my degree from a mill. I'm getting one-on-one, face-to-face instruction and guidance."
Adapting to life away from home is challenging for some freshmen, but not Kelli Upton. This Kansas City, Mo., native spent her first semester at Dillard learning the academic ropes well enough to persuade students from her high school, University Academy Charter, that learning on this New Orleans campus prepares students for successful careers.
"I see clearly that our academics here are rigorous and they build opportunities for you to have a successful future," said Upton, who learned about Dillard from a 2007 graduate, Shantell Garrett, who mentors young women in the Kansas City area. "If you want to go somewhere in life, Dillard prepares you for your journey."
Upton is a marketing major, who lives with Lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. She aspires to start a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those afflicted with the disease. "I also want to be an event planner and fund rasier who can get a lot of things done," she says.
Lindsey Taylor IV
Lindsey attends Dillard University on a track scholarship. He's from Houston, Tx., and majoring in accounting. Mr. Taylor served as the Freshman Gentleman as part of the Royal Court during Homecoming 2014.
"I ran for Royal Court because I wanted to show students the new definition of gentleman," said the young man. "I'm at Dillard because a family friend told me about this school and I'm pleased with my decision to come here. It's met all of my expectations."
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