Lasha Hicks

FEA Alumni Council Member

My name is Lasha Hicks and I am serving as the 2019 Alumni Council Treasurer. It is both a privilege and an honor to work alongside this dynamite team of past scholars and to be able to influence the upcoming generations of students who seek to discover new places all while expanding upon their love for knowledge. I was a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship recipient in the summer of 2018 where I was able to study abroad in Cyprus at the University of Nicosia. There I was introduced to a new culture and acquired new skill sets making me an asset in my field of study. As an aspiring veterinarian, I am often expected to push boundaries and learn the “why’s” to many questions. While abroad that was exactly what I was able to do. I pushed personal boundaries and broke limitations that I had no idea I had placed on myself. I conquered my fear of traveling alone and being far away from my comfort zone and with every experience. I grew in my profession, I grew as a person, and most importantly, I grew as a woman. Outside of academia, I formed friendships with students in my program and with natives of the island. I loved that the Cypriots were equally if not more fascinated with my culture as I was in theirs. I also enjoyed being a representative of not only my FEA family but also of my country which was a responsibility I was unaware of before I went abroad. I was not noticed by the color of my skin, but of my nationality which really resonated with me. Everything I did while abroad I cherish, and I am forever grateful to those who sow seeds into this foundation. Upon my return home, I quickly became collaborative with the international office at my home university of North Carolina A&T State University in efforts to help other students like myself study abroad. Since my return home I have played an instrumental part in helping students receive scholarships and serve as a mentor to those who dare to take the risk and travel. Though I will be graduating this spring, the baton has been passed on the other enthusiasts like myself. Through the help and mentorship of FEA, I was able to lay my brick to the foundation of international travel at my HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and I will continue to prompt this rippling effect to scholars like you. Thank you!