Graduate Student Spotlight - Hammed Sirleaf

Kristin Wyninegar, NASPA IV-W Graduate Student Representative

August 30, 2017

Name: Hammed Sirleaf

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Graduate Institution: Oklahoma State University

Degree you are working towards: M.S. Educational Leadership Studies (College Student Development Concentration)

Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston (SC)

Why you chose your graduate institution: I wanted an out of state experience in a new area of the country I’ve never been to before, and to also work with an large, award winning Fraternity/Sorority Community  

Why you wanted to go to graduate school: As a first generation college student, I always imagined pursuing a master’s degree. Also I wanted to learn more about the foundation of Student Affairs and apply it to the future work that I would be pursuing in the field.

What area(s) of Student Affairs interest you most and why: I love Fraternity & Sorority Life. My undergraduate experience with my fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. helped me to find purpose and discover who I really am and I would love to help others have a memorable experience as well.

A memorable moment working with your students at your assistantship: Helping to create a stroll team with my fellow Grad Assistants for Association for Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Conference this past February. This was Oklahoma State’s first time participating and we called ourselves the “Cowboy Stroll Team.” It was so great seeing all the students learn about other councils and for the Panhellenic students to learn more about National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) councils. We didn’t win, but it was such a great experience to be a part of.

What are your hobbies? Spending time with friends, traveling, playing the piano, singing, listening to music

What is your dream job? Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

What you would like to be remembered for?: I want to be remembered for always being authentic, always being passionate, always willing to help other, and someone who is dedicated to helping college students be their best. 

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