By Janeal Downs
One thing Elle Anderson prides herself on is her strong sense of self-motivation. She has learned to “stay focused, maintain and don’t get side tracked because there’s a lot of different things that go on around you that can distract you.” She has fought hard against distractions and has worked hard in school, something she feels like she is supposed to do. All while juggling extracurricular activities, Elle’s hard work has led her to currently maintaining a 4.29 GPA. “I am one who carries a burst of academic energy into the classroom every time I step foot over the threshold,” Elle stated in an essay. This is something she plans to continue doing after graduation.
While education is very important in her household, Elle plans to be one of the first in her family to complete college and get her degree. This upcoming fall she will continue her education by pursuing a mass communications degree from Hampton University. “I love speaking, I love to talk and I like to be heard,” Elle said about why she wants to pursue mass communications. Although she has a background in graphic design, she wants to focus on broadcast journalism. She chose Hampton because of the university’s strong mass communications program. Not only does Hampton provide a variety of opportunities to gain experience in the field while in school and after graduation, but Elle also has a cousin who graduated from the school with a mass communications degree and currently works in radio.
Elle’s dream job would be to work as a sports commentator for ESPN or Sport’s Center. This is her dream job because not only does Elle love to watch sports, but she also enjoys talking and debating about different teams. She likes watching basketball and football, but her favorite football team is the Baltimore Ravens. While she works toward her dreams as a Hampton student, Elle also plans on pledging with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She recently had the opportunity to be an AKA debutante in December where she helped feed the homeless, participated in tea parties, learned how to do ballroom dances and other activities. “They give us a lot of opportunities and they educate us on self-love,” Elle said about her experience. While she will be taking her lessons on self-love with her to college, another lesson Elle will take with her from high school is to stay focused and to make sure she manages her time wisely.
While she is still in high school, Elle is on the dance team, softball team, volunteers and works. These are all some of her favorite activities. Along with helping to feed the homeless, she has volunteered to read to Radcliffe Elementary School students for Dr. Seuss day. She is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America and has received a number of awards including Running Start Young Women Political Leader and the Bill Gates Achievers Scholarship. “School has taught me a great lesson of value, which is larger than anything I have learned before,” Elle said of her high school experience. “Being the proud young lady that I am, I have never allowed failure to break me.” Now that her high school years are coming to a close and she is anticipating college life, these are some of the lessons Elle Anderson will take with her as she pursues her goals and dreams.