CCACSA Hosts The Discussion
BATON ROUGE, La. – How often is it that we seek advice from someone who has far more experience in the craft we are studying? Usually people look for guidance from those who are seasoned in a similar field, and for the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, it’s what The Discussion was all about.
The Discussion is an annual program presented by the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills program. Taking place last Tuesday in the Lawton Room, the event was geared towards targeting and helping freshmen and first semester transfer student-athletes at LSU. The Discussion is a structured, unfiltered conversation between the first time student-athletes and veteran student-athletes.
“The Discussion is an opportunity for our new student-athletes to have a one on one conversation with student-athletes that have been here over the years,” said Brent Sumler, manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program. “Typically, those that are on –campus for their first year don’t really understand what is required of them as a student-athlete, but this is a great opportunity for them to hear it from the people that have experienced it first-hand and have been in their shoes. It helps with the transition for not just coming in as a new student, but transitioning them to the campus and being a true representative of LSU.”
The attendees that participated in the audience look forward to the day when they can be on the panel of The Discussion, and pass down the knowledge they received.
“I thought that it was good to hear their experiences, and learn from their mistakes,” freshman cross country runner Hannah Bourque said. “They had a lot of great advice.”
The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology teams, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.