The San Diego Chapter has worked to promote scholarship opportunities for students
wishing to attend LSU from San Diego and Imperial Valley areas of California.
Each year San Diego Chapter offers two scholarship opportunities. For more information
on Scholarship details please contact Steve Richter, the 2010-2011 Scholarship Chair
Scholarship Recipient Ashlyn Oliverez
Where did you grow up?
I moved to Tierrasanta in 2nd grade. My parents still live there.
Why did you choose LSU?
My mom married my stepdad, Ray, when I was 6. He grew up in a small town in Louisiana
called Welsh. He grew up as an LSU football fan and naturally I followed in his
footsteps. I never actually considered LSU until Ray suggested
we attend a football game and check out the campus. We went to
the 2010 Ole Miss game. Looked at the campus, said hello to Mike the Tiger, and
watched our tigers beat the rebels. I fell in love with the campus, and the overall
energy. There is nothing that compares to a Saturday night in Death Valley.
How did you hear about our scholarship?
My stepdad brought it to my attention.
Have you ever been to our San Diego crawfish boil?
I have not. Personally I am not a fan of seafood (crazy I know!) but I suspect that
I will be attending future events to enjoy the company of alumni.
As a Californian, what has been your most out of the ordinary experience in
There are so many things that I love about LSU and Louisiana in general that California
doesn't have. Everyone over here is so much nicer and more genuine. Southern hospitality
really does exist! My most out of the ordinary experience.... I got appendicitis
a couple weeks ago and had to have emergency surgery! At first I was terrified because
all my family is on the opposite side of the country. But I was happily surprised
to see all my new friends waiting at the hospital for me when I got out of surgery.
Everyone was really helpful and it is crazy how close my friends and I have gotten
even though we have only known each other for a couple months. You will spend every
second of every day with these people so make sure you pick the right friends from
the beginning. Chances are they will be around for a while.
What are your top 2 pieces of advice for a freshman entering LSU from California?
Meet as many different people as possible while you're here. You'll never know who
you might need homework help from or who might be your new best friend. You aren't
the only one that doesn't have many friends yet. Everyone is looking for new faces
and you'll be surprised how easy it is to go out of your comfort zone and speak
to complete strangers. Don't take advantage of your newly found freedoms. Just because
your parents are on the other side of the country doesn't mean you get to sleep
all the time, party too much, or forget to do your homework. Put your school work
first and everything after that will fall into place.
What are you studying? What type of degree are you pursuing?
I am majoring in accounting. I am also in the Honors College.
What do you do for fun?
Hang out with all my new friends! (I didn't know anyone coming into first semester)
What do you miss most about California?
In- n- Out and California burritos!
Where do you like to eat out in Baton Rouge (favorite fast food)
Finish this sentence..... "When packing to go to LSU in the fall don't
forget to bring............"
Clothes for all weather! It gets really hot out here! Not quite the same as San
Diego. On the contrary it also gets very cold. Although the weather is bearable
either way, it's nice to be as comfortable as possible.
This year, Pam
Terrebonne 2010-2011 President, is hoping to launch the first Scholarship
Picnic. The purpose of this picnic is to introduce students from our
surrounding areas, to other students currently attending LSU, giving them a "home
base" connection while at LSU. Additionally, current students attending LSU
will be on hand to give some 'survival' tips for living in the dorms or off campus.
A tentative date will be the last weekend in July.
If you wish to join us, please email your request to email@example.com