Lauren Griffith, a freshman accounting student from Avon, Conn., hopes to take part in student government at WVU, and she has already begun as an intern with the WVU Student Government Association.
At Avon High School she was involved in the student government, so she came to WVU's College of Business and Economics prepared to join in. She said being involved in an institution's political activities helps her be informed and "aware of what' going on and the issues."
"It is always great to be involved with the school and be able to have the power to make changes that will benefit the student body," she said. "Personally I would like to see changes that would improve healthy living on campus, such as providing healthier options and encouraging healthful eating."
But how did a young woman from Connecticut get to West Virginia? She's a third generation Mountaineer. Her father, David, is from Clarksburg, and her mother, Sherry, is from Morgantown.
Griffith enrolled in accounting because she's fond of math and has always taken an interest in business issues. She took three business classes in high school and liked her accounting class best. She's enjoying the college-level classes she had this year, especially with Dr. Presha Neidermeyer and Dr. Amanda Ross.
"I think people are really friendly here," Griffith said. "It's something of a change from Connecticut. People are really warm and open, and the professors are very helpful."
She recently pledged Phi Sigma Pi, a national honors society and plans to run for the board of governors at some time during her college career.
She is enrolled in the WVU Honors College and will graduate in 2015. A skiing enthusiast, Griffith was a camp counselor in West Hartford, Conn., and a volunteer receptionist at an organization in Avon, Conn., that supplied needy families with clothing and food.