A relentless drive to give back and unmatched desire for wanting others to succeed are just two of the qualities that define University of New Hampshire at Manchester Senior Natalie Glisson. As testament to what is truly important in life, Glisson, who was home schooled completely for all grades including high school, put her own academic dreams on hold for two years before coming to UNH Manchester.
Glissons' unselfish act was one of compassion and understanding; it helped someone else achieve a dream, namely Glissons' own mother who was able to complete a master's degree program during the time.
Glissons' contribution to the community goes far beyond the close bond she shares with her family. For the past two years Glisson has been involved with the University's Peer Assistant Leader (PAL) program working with student in the first year seminar.
"It's not about the classroom environment, rather, the personal connection I make with other students. I know what they are going through and I'm glad to help make the transition to college life easier," Glisson says when asked about her experience being a PAL.
Glisson, who has made the Dean's List every semester since coming to UNH Manchester, will graduate in 2011 with a double major in English and Humanities with career goals to be a travelogue writer. She is hoping to take advantage the numerous door-opening intern possibilities offered by the University in collaboration with businesses large and small in the area.
She points out that her amazing academic accomplishment and a source of inspiration are due to the relationships she has established with the University's faculty and staff.
"The faculty is always eager to help and it's very apparent that they really do care," Glisson says. Professor Terry Savage has been Glissons' Academic Advisor since freshmen year and she is quick to point out that even from the first counseling meeting she felt at ease and confident in her decision to attend UNH Manchester.