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Adele Oliver: That’s My President!

Name: Adele Oliver

Hometown: Coral Springs

Age: 20

Major: Media/Communication Studies

Her Campus (HC): As a very involved Florida State student while being a part of Greek life, working as a University Ambassador, and being acknowledged as a Guardian ad Litem, what would you say is your favorite program that you are a part of?

Adele Oliver (AO): I wouldn’t necessarily say that one of these programs is my favorite because they all teach me something different and correlate to my diverse values. They have all benefited me in unimaginable ways and have created infinite opportunities for growth. They all hold a special place in my heart.

HC: Do you mind going in depth to explain what a Guardian ad Litem is?

AO: Guardian ad Litems are volunteers who serve as the voices for children in the court system. These children have been neglected, abandoned, or mistreated by their families. Guardian ad Litems visit the children and prioritize their safety. “I am for the child.” I found out about this program through my sorority’s national philanthropy CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which is another term for the Guardian ad Litem program. I went through training and became certified as a GAL volunteer this past year.

HC: What is the duty of a University Ambassador?

AO: As a University Ambassador I give campus tours to prospective freshman and also work in the Florida State University Visitor Center. Being a University Ambassador has given me a new found love for this university and has educated me on what makes this university so special. GO NOLES!

Courtesy: Adele Oliver

HC: As it has been very recently announced, you have been elected the president of Kappa Alpha Theta. Congratulations! What was your primary reason for running for president despite all of your other obligations?

AO: The primary reason I ran for president is to empower other women within Kappa Alpha Theta as well as the Panhellenic and Florida State communities. There are hundreds of women in my chapter who can potentially change the world and being there to guide them will make it all the worthwhile.

HC: Before running for president of Kappa Alpha Theta, were you on the executive board?

AO: Yes! Previous to becoming president, I served as my chapter’s Chief Panhellenic Officer (delegate) on the executive board. This position allowed me to be a liaison between my chapter and the Panhellenic community to serve as a voice for my chapter within the community.

HC: What is your major and do you wish to pursue grad school after undergrad?

AO: My major is Media Communication Studies and I am minoring in International Affairs and film. I am also trying to pursue a Leadership certificate as well. I do not plan on attending grad school when I finish.

HC: Out of all of the organizations that you are a part of, which one do you think takes most of your time?

AO: School takes up most of my time! Classes are difficult and extremely time-consuming. But the organization that takes up most of my time is definitely my sorority. There is something going on at all times and tasks that need to be accomplished every day.

HC: What would you suggest to freshman students who want to get involved at Florida State?

AO: Try EVERYTHING and dive in head first. Being involved has made this school feel more like a family and home rather than a humongous university. It has made the campus smaller and has introduced me to people that have changed my life. After college, you are going to remember the things that made you happy, fulfilled, and like you were there for a reason… being involved checks those boxes off! It makes your time meaningful and teaches you valuable skills that are hard to come by on your own.

As a rising senior at Florida State University, Jenna loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, write, run, read, edit and everything in between. She is a current Lifestyle intern at Her Campus in Boston and is currently discovering the city girl she never knew she was. She is so open to new people and experiences and is excited to see what the world has to offer. Also, dogs.