Student Spotlight: Liz Smith, Communication for Advocacy Major, '15

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“Carlow is a great place to find yourself. There are so many people to help you find your strengths and to help you get even stronger.”

Liz Smith calls herself a big goof. 

“I love to hang out with my friends and make people laugh,” she says. But how she finds time is puzzling. 

Liz is president of Carlow’s Student Government Organization and an admissions office tour guide. She is a resident assistant in Frances Warde Hall, an intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh, and coordinator of the 2014 Alternative Spring Break service trip to Laredo, Texas. 

But the more Liz does, the more she discovers what she really wants to do with her life. She credits Carlow for making it all possible. 

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“I wouldn’t have had all of these great leadership opportunities at a bigger school,” she says. 

Her freshman year, she was mentor-coordinator for Fashions for Kids’ Sake, a high energy fundraiser benefitting one-on-one mentor programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was here that Liz found her true niche.

“I knew I always wanted to help others,” she recalls. “I just wasn’t sure how. But this was my ‘a-ha’ moment: I knew I wanted to make a career out of advocating for others.” 

Having settled on a major she loves, Communication for Advocacy, Liz offers words of wisdom to incoming freshmen: “Don’t be afraid to be undecided,” she advises. “You need to focus on yourself and what you really want to do.” 

And Carlow, she says, is a great place to do it all.


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