The Tiger Inside
Distinguished Graduate Stewart Humble Shares His LSU Story
BATON ROUGE – Stewart Humble bleeds purple and gold. The Egan, La., native has spent his undergraduate career trying to make the most out of his time at LSU – and he has done just that.
An Honors College student, Humble graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Science with College Honors and was named a member of the Tiger Twelve Class of 2012, a Communication across the Curriculum Distinguished Communicator and a University Medalist for his perfect GPA. He was also named Honors College Outstanding Student for his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. While each of these accomplishments is impressive on its own, what’s more impressive is that Humble is the only LSU student in the graduating class of 2012 to receive all of these distinctions.
“Coming straight to LSU was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life,” he said. “For me, a big part of finding opportunity was being a part of the LSU Honors College; I’m so glad I did research and got involved … all of those things have added up to this one amazing journey. Somehow, I was born with this gift of being able to do all of these things, [and] I count my blessings.”
Although he’s only 22, Humble has already amassed a lifetime’s worth of accomplishments. While at LSU, he served as an Honors College Peer Leader, an undergraduate research assistant for the LSU Department of Chemistry and Department of Biological Sciences, a student assistant for the Department of Chemistry, and as a Parent Orientation Leader for LSU’s Spring Invitational. His campus involvement also encompassed his roles of LSU Ambassador, vice president of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Collegiate Club, treasurer for Alpha Epsilon Delta, Honors College Welcome Leader and Community Bound Service Plunge Group Leader.
Humble traveled to Cape Town on the first Honors College trip to South Africa, where he volunteered with orphans and helped to coordinate the construction group that built a playground and soccer field for local children.
Over the past two years, he has also helped the Honors College to coordinate the renovation of the Old Lutheran Cemetery in Old South Baton Rouge. He established a partnership with LSU Landscape Services, and he invented an innovative mobile-formatted website that uses smartphone location services technology to record the global positioning point for each grave, allowing Honors students to map the cemetery and build a searchable online database.
Humble completed and defended an Honors thesis on light-activated molecules that can destroy cancer cells, coordinated and participated in several service projects, and volunteered with Volunteers in Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Club.
But Humble insists that none of these achievements are his greatest accomplishment.
“What I’m most proud of is the recognition I received from one of my closest friends, who told me, ‘Stewart, you have the Tiger inside you, brother, and nothing can stop you,’” said Humble. “For me, the Tiger is deep inside; it’s in my blood, and part of my DNA. It is who I am, what I am, and what this university means to me; it is my strength in this world.”
Not only has Humble learned from his experiences at LSU, but he has also learned from his family. Humble said his father and his grandfather have been his greatest mentors in life, teaching him the value of hard work and encouraging him to live to the best of his ability. He has also gained strength from his best friend Cpl. Matthew Richard, whose death while serving in Afghanistan made Humble realize the importance of living each day to the fullest.
“Why do I go above and beyond? Well the truth is, it’s because we may not have tomorrow, and Matt taught that to me,” he said. “He taught me about taking every opportunity, and that’s exactly what life should be about. It’s about opportunity and not taking anything for granted. And in order to do that, you have to try your hardest every day … If more people did that, this world would be a hell of a better place.”
Humble, who is currently in the process of applying for medical school, said he wants everyone in his hometown to know how proud he is to be from Acadia Parish and how much their support means to him.
“I want them to know that I’m a product of them. I cannot take full credit for the things that I do; I give the credit to anyone who’s ever helped me or supported me, because they give me the drive,” he said. “It’s like what they said at commencement – you have a responsibility now to make this world better. I take that responsibility on, and I credit it back to the place where I’m from. I want to be a success story for my town, for my state, and for LSU … I owe it to everyone who has ever helped me.”
For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit http://www.honors.lsu.edu/ or contact 225-578-8831. For more information on the LSU College of Science, visit http://science.lsu.edu/ or contact 225-578-8826.
pictured: Honors College Dean Nancy Clark and Stewart Humble
Story by Elizabeth Clausen, LSU Honors College