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Full name: Lashonda Marie Slaughter-Wilson.
Residence: Warner Robins.
High School: Southeast High School Class of 1995. Voted "Most Talented Senior."
Family: Husband Adam; mothers, Kathy Slaughter and Iris Wilson; fathers, Cyrus Slaughter and David Wilson; and siblings, Sean Wilson and Jackie Gladdin.
Current Employment: Children's department co-lead at Barnes and Noble.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of arts in history.
Class Rank: Senior.
Macon State/Community Activities: President, Macon State Gaming Club; president, History Student Organization; Fall Line Review; contributor to Student Free Press.
Career Goals: “I would like to pursue my history degree and continue my education to obtain a Ph.D in the subject. My goal is to become a history professor and impress upon people the importance of our past locally, nationally and as a global society. History is a very important part of my life and no one should be without a good knowledge of the world around them and where they came from.”
She chose Macon State College because … “The school is amazing and staffed by not only brilliant professors, but caring men and women who make an effort to educate all of their students and make a positive impact on lives. I have had the opportunity to go to school elsewhere, but when I returned to college after some time off, my only choice was Macon State because this school feels like home to me and I want to support it and all the wonderful opportunities being a student here has afforded me.”
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “The diversity and friendliness of the entire Macon State College community. Macon State is filled with a variety of wonderfully unique people with a multitude of diverse backgrounds. What is so surprising is the great amount of respect that is extended throughout the campus. I feel lucky that I can be myself at Macon State and proud that the concept of the individual is embraced at my school.”
Her favorite professor is … “WOW! That is a tough one! I have had so many amazing professors over the years at Macon State College. I will have to say the history professors as a whole are an amazing and brilliant group of people. The entire staff is not only excited about what they teach, but they excite me as I work towards my degree. Never have I felt so motivated by a group of professors who have developed a challenging and impressive history program. These men and women are what I wish to be and I hope to one day have the ability to make such a profound impression upon my students as they do on me.”
Her favorite place to study is … “Upstairs in the library. I have a favorite study room (205) that I take over for long periods of time in an attempt to get all my reading done. I love the library and thankfully the study room does not possess the many distractions that I must battle in order to keep my eye on what I am supposed to be studying.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I am obsessed with the game ‘Rock Band’ and am actually a trained singer.”
Her friends make fun of her because … “I am a complete nerd. I read comic books, play video games, love role-playing games and have a giant poster of Captain America on my wall.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Elizabeth Tudor, who was the Queen of England. She was an amazing leader and controlled a country of men who both admired and feared her in the 16th century. Elizabeth's outward strength in the face of extreme adversity and her stubborn nature fascinates me. When I feel a bit overwhelmed by my daily worries, I think about how entire countries cried for Elizabeth's death and she stood up to them, never backing down.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “Continuing towards my goal to become a professor and perhaps not working as much so I can focus mainly on my studies.”