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Thursday, January 24, 2008

just carryin' on an old family tradition

My parents met at Louisiana Tech when they both worked for the Orientation Student Leader program in the 70s. 30 years later, I was an Orientation Student Leader at Louisiana Tech in 2002. 15 students are selected every year and work for a year promoting the University and hosting incoming freshmen at summer orientation for three day events. It was the best experience of my life where I made some of my best friends.

My brother, Walker, was selected last week as an Orientation Student Leader for 2008 and I couldn't be more proud. Not only am I proud, but I'm so excited to be reliving all of my memories when I hear about his experiences. He attended the OSL retreat last weekend and bonded with all of his staff mates. The most fun thing about it is that I was OSL #400 in 2002 and Walker is OSL #500! I am looking forward to going back this summer for one of Walker's "Presents" shows where the staff puts on a SNL-type show for the freshmen and their parents.

I'm thrilled that the fourth Akin to attend Louisiana Tech is following in the footsteps of his sister, mom, and dad and is going to spend his summer yelling crazy cheers and playing goofy games.