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elizabeth bell

Elizabeth Bell

undergraduate interdisciplinary studies student

Hometown: Hopewell, Virginia

High School: St. Joseph School

Transferred from: CCBC Catonsville

Student status: Veteran student

I am a leader.
I am driven.
I am a winner.

I lost my dad during a time in my life when I was transitioning not only from military to civilian but also from homeless to security. I was a fresh country dumpling from Hopewell, VA, but when I transferred to UB I became lost and hopeless. I didn’t have any CCBC-Catonsville family to talk to. I felt like I didn’t belong.

I lost my dad during a time in my life when I was transitioning not only from military to civilian.

After my first semester at UB, a nice woman said, “Just find your place and you can achieve anywhere.” I tried orientation leadership … no, not for me. I saw quotes about strength posted near the entrance of the academic building, and I read them daily. I saw my dad from heaven saying, “Go do it.” I took off running. I joined the National Society of Leadership & Success, wrote my SMART goals, and joined SGA (I almost became vice president). I was also the chairperson for the Campus Life Committee, not bad if I’d say so myself. Thanks, dad, and thanks to that mysterious woman who encouraged me to find myself.

Last Published 9/5/17