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Meet Emma Labovitz (If you Haven’t Already)

Emma likes to tell people that the reason she chose to attend Appalachian State isn’t that awesome…but the reason that she stayed is.


Emma Labovitz, a sophomore who is double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies, has an infectious personality that many people on App State’s campus have had the chance to encounter.  Emma is a recipient of the Wilson Scholarship, that provides her an education and the opportunity to travel, something she loves to do. After graduation, Emma says she would love to join the Peace Corps.

This Salisbury, NC native keeps herself crazy busy through her involvement in the honors college, student ambassadors, the Peace Corps as a campus representative and Chi Omega.

Since serving as an ambassador, Emma started the Nearly Naked Mile, an event in which participants are encouraged to strip down to little clothing and donate the clothes they arrived in. She also is on the canned food drive committee, one of the largest food collections in the High Country. This year, the Nearly Naked Mile collected 400 articles of clothing, all of which were donated to the Hospitality House here in Boone, and the canned food drive is a huge success each year. “I have put 25 hours into the food drive this week alone,” Emma said, “It's exhausting, but when I start to think about the fact I am helping feed hungry people it puts it all in perspective.”

Emma credits the people of Boone as one of the main reasons she is so in love with this university. “The people here are one of kind. I truly don’t think you can meet people like this anywhere else,” she said.

This 19-year-old also loves to meet new people and experience new places. Emma has been on an Alternative Service Experience to Ecuador and is looking forward to studying abroad next semester in Spain!

You can find Emma giving tours of campus to prospective students, on a run around campus (probably listening to Rachel Platten’s ‘Fight Song’), or hanging out and eating pizza with some good friends. 

“I think college, as with anything else, is what you make it. Get involved and form relationships. I really think that is the basis of humanity and our excitement,” Emma said, ”Those relationships are what make us human.” 

She looks forward to staying busy during her time here, and building up the university that has given her so much. Appalachian is lucky to have someone with such a good heart and strong will to be so involved in all that goes on here! 

Emma’s passion for every experience that life has to offer is inspiring. She is one the most down to earth and friendly people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I think everyone who knows her would agree.  Basically, she rocks and if you haven't already met this ray of sunshine, make it a point to! 

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