CHSE Ambassador Madison Chiota
Madison is a Child & Family Studies major in CHSE's School of Social Work.
Q: Why did you choose LSU?
A: I chose LSU because I knew I would make connections here that would catapult me into whatever career I chose to pursue. I knew LSU would provide me with a plethora of options and opportunities no matter what I decided to do. I also loved the campus, full of large, beautiful oak trees. I loved the people. The idea that I could meet someone from almost anywhere on any given day thrilled me.
Q: Why did you choose Child & Family Studies as your major?
A: I originally chose Child and Family Studies as my major because I saw it as a beautiful opportunity to learn more about people, a necessary skill for any career. Now, as I’ve progressed in the major, I see it as directly relevant for my desire to pursue a juris doctorate degree and eventually use my skills to fight for disenfranchised and oppressed people in our communities.
Q: What are you most excited for this semester?
A: This semester, I am excited for the opportunity that my classes have provided me: to intern at the Department of Corrections Headquarters and observe at the LSU Preschool. Both have been incredible thus far and I cannot wait to see what other skills and lessons I will learn through these hands-on experiences.
Q: Why did you apply to be a CHSE Ambassador?
A: I applied to be an ambassador because I wanted to hone my skills in public speaking, organizing, and helping. I also knew I wanted to use those skills to serve my community. Being an ambassador has truly given me an opportunity to serve and grow in every area of my life
Q: What advice would you give to someone contemplating your major?
A: I would say that Child and Family Studies is a perfect complement to any post-grad plans you may have, including (but not limited to) law school, grad school for Counseling or Social Work, etc. It prepares you thoroughly for the “real world” by giving numerous opportunities for hands-on experience at every level.
Q: What is something that surprised you about LSU or CHSE?
A: I think one of the things that surprised me the most about LSU in general is how kind most people are to one another. You can pretty much walk up to anyone and start a conversation or borrow something you may have forgotten! The same is true with CHSE; it’s like a little family.
Q: What do you plan to do with your degree once you graduate?
A: I plan on going to LSU Law School to get my juris doctorate and become an attorney.
An interesting fact about me is I climb trees often
My dream job would be working somewhere in the mountains.
My favorite LSU tradition is the walk down Victory Hill before a football game!
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