Arriving in Fredonia in the fall of 2008, Lasheri (Lash) Mayes was full of enthusiasm and excitement, and ready for the college challenge. And, as it is for most recent high school grads, it was stimulating and challenging for Lash. As a first generation college student, she was the recipient of much outside advice and opinions, especially in the area of academics. However, as she persevered and became involved on campus, she soon discovered a path where she has been successful and best of all, pretty happy.
Currently majoring in Sociology, she is approaching spring 2013 graduation in a very good place. Her academics are great (she made Dean’s List in Fall 2012!) and is on a very secure course for the final leg of her academic expedition. Lash has more or less become the “poster child” for the quintessential college student: success in her studies; campus involvement as a resident assistant (R.A.) at Fredonia and also for two summers at Buffalo State College in their Upward Bound Program; she’s been on the Blackhorse Women’s Rugby team since 2009 as both player and executive board member; and was Fredonia’s Homecoming Queen in 2010.
Fredonia campus work experience includes work-study in the Office of Residence Life; intern for Fredonia’s Campus Host Program through our Admissions Office; student manager in Campus Life; Student Ambassador; and designated student speaker at Fredonia’s accepted student reception in spring 2010 and 2011. In addition to working on campus, Lash has set a great example for other students in her volunteer work at Fredonia (St. Jude fundraising events in 2010 and 2012 and Relay for Life, 2009-2012) and in Buffalo at the City Mission.
Looking forward, Ms. Mayes joined the New York State Army National Guard, Buffalo Masten Drill Unit in April, 2012 and is a Private First Class.