Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Honors Scholar and Society Leader Laura Russell is a 2014 Graduate of New Saint Andrews College. She is currently employed by Khan Academy and is part of a research group at Louisiana State University Shreveport.
We caught up with her to find out some of her thoughts on her NSA experience and on her current and future endeavors:
How did you learn about the College?
Through the online homeschooling grapevine. I had a few different classmates tell me that I should think about NSA. My first response was, ha—right! But I’m so glad that I changed my mind.
What, if anything, surprised you most when you arrived at NSA?
Wow, wait, what, a DEADLINE? (I was homeschooled.)
What did you appreciate most about your time at NSA?
The integration of music into life.
Did you already know what you hoped to do after college when you arrived? Did those plans change?
I decided to attend NSA because I realized that I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college. There were so many different things that appealed to me—law, medicine, music, education, politics, you name it!—but I hadn’t found a clear vocation and I wasn’t ready to commit to a specific program of study. The “specialization is for graduate school” pitch really appealed to me. I’m grateful to NSA for shaping my understanding of what my calling is.
What have you been doing since graduation?
Finished an M. S. in Biological Science at LSU-Shreveport last May. I’m currently employed as a content specialist by Khan Academy and working in a research group at LSU-S.
How did your years at NSA help prepare you for life after college?
Learning how to operate in the adult world sometimes feels like I’m wading through a swamp. My time at NSA didn’t make life after college easy, but it gave me a bedrock—something on which to stand in the middle of the morass. That is invaluable to me.
Is there anything else you'd like others to know about you or about your experience at NSA?
If I had to pick one word to describe it—transformative.
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