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Brandon Lewis ’14

Major: Sociology

Concentration: Human Services

Minor: Philosophy

Hometown: Schenectady, New York

As the former vice president of Le Moyne’s club B.O.N.D (Brothers of a New Direction), how did the leadership role shape you as a person and as a fellow dolphin?
The position made me more organized, made me more responsible, and it helped to improve my communication skills.

What is your fondest B.O.N.D memory?
Going to New Orleans. I got to bond with members on the board that I wasn’t close with. It was also an eye-opening experience overall. Seeing the rough environment made me more grateful for the things I have. The houses were destroyed, everything was cluttered, the streets were polluted, but there was a lot of culture behind it. The people were so humble and grateful, really polite and always willing to help us. They kept saying they were so grateful we were there, but it was really mutual and gave a lot of satisfaction.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I’m a Residence Advisor in the townhouses, the correspondent secretary of P.O.W.E.R (Pride in our Work, Ethnicity and Race), secretary of B.O.N.D, a tutor counselor for the Upward Bound Program, and an admissions host for incoming students.

Wow, an R.A for upperclassmen! Is it challenging?
Programing for upperclassmen and trying to get to know everyone on a personal level is kind of difficult, especially because they already have their lives figured out. The students may be older than me, so they may not need anything from me, basically.

You seem to have a lot on our plate! How do you stay organized?
I use a calendar for everything I have to do for the day and I pray, I really do.

What are your future goals? Where would you like your major to take you?
Um, my goal is to either become a high school guidance counselor or a victims advocate. I genuinely like working with people and I want to see people happy. I’ve also had a really good guidance counselor in high school, which impacted me for the better and I want to do the same for others, especially minority students.

With deadlines and school activities taking precedence to a lot of other priorities while in school, how do you relax and unwind?
I sleep, I eat, and I tweet!

What was the best advice given to you and how is it relevant to life in general?
My mother always told me you can’t please everyone, your happiness comes first. And that just helped me become more confident in the things I want to do without worrying about what others may think of me.

You’re a junior, so graduation is right around the corner! How does it feel to be so close to the real world? Are you ready?
I think I’m excited and nervous. College is a real selfish time. It’s all about you and bettering yourself, but the real world is more about trying to get accepted, you know, finding a job, so I’m excited about all the opportunities, but I’m nervous that I might not be successful.

What’s something a lot of people may not know about you?
My iPhone’s name is Mason and I treat him better than I treat my friends and I have an addiction to cell phone cases!

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