It’s time to rise and shine and wake up to the dawn of a new semester. Temple News is debuting a new column. We have set our focus on the people who make this campus click – the students.
We think it’s time to let a few students shine. This new bimonthly column will nominate a different student and let you know what they do to make themselves an Outstanding Owl.
Our first choice comes from the Northern New Jersey city of Perth Amboy. Since enrolling at Temple, she has been no less than a scholastic, extracurricular, high-achieving superstar.
Her name is Aleya Bess, a senior with a double major in International Business and Accounting.
She selected her majors because of an interest in international commerce. With her ability to speak three languages – English, Japanese and Spanish – Bess definitely has her focus in the right direction.
Her campus involvement is impressive as well. Every semester she takes 15 credits, and she finds time to be active in several campus activities.
Bess is the Parliamentarian for Temple Student Government. She oversees and enforces TSG’s constitution.
“I like to be a leader, and TSG gives me a great opportunity for it,” Bess said. “The parliamentarian position enables me to amend the constitution and enforce it when needed. I keep everything in check.”
Bess enjoys being a leader. She is an undergraduate, but because of her high qualifications she was selected to be one of only two Graduate Residential Assistants on Main Campus. She also is the senior vice president of the international business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
Her hopes and aspirations for the long term are as admirable as her current campus involvement.
“After I finish my undergraduate (work) I plan to further my education in Law school,” she said. “I want to own my own firm someday.”
Even with her activities and full course load Bess finds the time to kick back and relax.
“I like kicking with all my extracurricular jobs, but I have a lot of friends, too,” Bess said. “There’s nothing like siting back and chillin’ with a few of my girls and throwing on a game or a DVD.”
Bess finds the time for all these activities thanks to her three R’s- relaxing, regular sleep and reducing stress.
“I always tell myself that school’s first, so I never take more than I can handle… I believe in myself,” she said. “When an obstacle comes in my way I never say I can’t. I just say it’s just a minor delay, and I work my way around it.”
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