Senior Profile: Alyssa Lanoye
From the start of freshman year, Alyssa Lanoye knew exactly how to find herself in college.
"In order to figure out who you are, you can't be afraid to figure out who you're not," Lanoye said.
You can find this senior environmental chemistry and English double-major anywhere from counseling peers at the Fleishmann Center for Career Development, to reporting on scientific research done in university labs, to running a social event for her sorority in the Union, to tutoring Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) students at the library.
"I figured out that there are so many different parts of me that I could do anything," Lanoye said.
After snagging a job as a peer advisor her freshman year, Lanoye decided to cover her social bases by rushing Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE).
"I was really shy coming into college," Lanoye said. "I was looking for people who I was comfortable coming out of my shell around and who would help me figure out the person I am. It's crazy to think that now I'm social chair, when I barely ever spoke in high school."
As hyper-involved freshman, Lanoye says her biggest growing pain has been learning how to say "no".
"Once I figured out what I liked doing, the scope of things I was involved with decreased, but their depths increased," Lanoye said.
Lanoye has also functioned as Sisterhood Chair of the sorority and has worked closely with the Office of Greek Life in her endeavors.
"The job of the Office of Greek Life is not to punish," Lanoye said. "Their job is to look out for the best interests of you and the school, your safety, while helping your organization grow and be successful."
As the current social chair of her sorority, Lanoye not only works with other chairs and alumni to coordinate fun and beneficial events, she brings her skills from the Fleishman Center to her sisters.
"I try to plan events that have a learning outcome. I've had events where I'll review my sisters' resumes and cover letters, and host workshops," Lanoye said.
Lanoye attributes much of her success and personal growth to her position at the Fleishman center.
"I went from being a very shy, front desk person, who just says 'Hi, how are you?' to someone who is leading group appointments, giving career advice to people my own age," Lanoye said.
Lanoye said that the professional staff at the Fleishman center also functioned as a "second set of parents."
"You know when you get home for spring break and you know that the dinner table conversation is going to focus on your plans for the future?" Lanoye asked. "That's my job every day."
Lanoye also tutors everything from English to biology at the EOP office.
"EOP is something I believe in," Lanoye said. "It's a very important type of tutoring where I'm not just an academic tutor, but also a mentor."
As secretary of the Undergraduate Chemical Society, Lanoye has involved herself in the local community, teaching chemistry to elementary school students, and participating at BU Day at the Mall annually.
"Once I leave Binghamton I'm confident that I still know how to work with communities," Lanoye said. "I'm not always going to be a student at a college, but I will always be a member of a community."
Through the Undergraduate Chemical Society, Lanoye has also been able to meet and network with professors such as Wayne Jones, chair of the chemistry department. Jones helped Lanoye land an internship as a science writer in the Department of Research Advancement.
Lanoye hopes to one day combine her two fortes of science and writing with her experience as an EOP tutor to write comprehensive textbooks for struggling students.
For the immediate future, Lanoye has aligned herself with a job at Epic, a healthcare software company, doing quality assurance. Lanoye came across the opportunity at the Fleishman Center's Job and Internship Fair and will be relocating to Madison, Wisconsin.
"There's nothing that I wanted to do that I didn't do here. I took the chances provided to me and made opportunities for myself that weren't provided," Lanoye said. "The thought of being alone in a big city is scary. There won't be a sorority for me to join and make friends. If I didn't have all these experiences behind me building up my confidence, I might have turned [Epic] down, but I know that I've moved somewhere all by myself and I was successful and happy. If I did it once I can do it again."
-By Amanda Glodowski