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"I get excited when I think my job will involve helping students find what they are passionate about and providing them with the resources to live out those passions."
Junior, Public Relations
"Ever since I was young, I noticed I was the different one. To begin with, my name is Litsa. I was a darker skin tone than most people in my class, due to my Nicaraguan ethnicity. I was adopted. I had curly hair when all my friends had straight hair. My Mom is Jewish; my Dad is Roman Catholic. But now, all these differences make me proud—my number one value is authenticity," says Litsa Orban, a junior majoring in Public Relations.
"I have always wanted everyone to be happy, so when I reached Florida State, I realized my interest was helping others find their passions. If I can improve one person's life or impact one issue, I have done something. I realized my heart belongs to Higher Education, and I chose Communications because it will be a good background for working in Student Affairs.
"Student Affairs is that aspect of students' experience where they learn about themselves. When participating in service and leadership programs, I saw bright eyed students who wanted to change the world, and I thought, that's empowering. I get excited when I think my job will involve helping students find what they are passionate about and providing them with the resources to live out those passions.
"In May 2006, I graduated from the LeaderShape Institute, which teaches you how to lead with integrity, concentrating on who you are as a leader and what you want to do as an individual. LeaderShape was my stepping stone toward self discovery. I was introduced to this experience by a mentor and friend, Chad Corbitt, my North Star to leadership and service opportunities on campus.
"The Service Leadership Seminar, an intensive week long program held before classes begin, introduces incoming freshman to campus service and leadership opportunities. Since this is students' first taste of the University, my role as a facilitator is crucial. They get the chance to create relationships with the six student-facilitators and staff from the Center for Leadership and Civic Education. It is so beneficial for them to form a support group with some really amazing people.
"As the public relations chair of Lady Spirithunters, I helped publicize the organization, a group of diverse girls who represent all aspects of Florida State, yet who come together for one common goal—to spread our Seminole pride.
"Recently, I was honored to become an Orientation Leader. I love Florida State—even through the challenging times, FSU has never let me down. I believe all my experiences to date will ensure that I am successful in this role. I want to share my experiences with students and encourage them to make their own, unique experiences. This University has the resources to make everyone's experience an exceptional one."