Name: ?Alaria Long

Hometown: ?Covington, Kentucky 

Classification: Junior 

Major: Elementary Education

 Why Kentucky State? ?

I chose Kentucky State University because I wanted an HBCU experience. This university offered a lot – academically and athletically. 

What is your major and why did you choose this area of study??

I chose elementary education because my very first job I worked was as a camp counselor for first-grade students. One day, one of my students started yelling my name and tapping my arm. I asked, “What is it?” He responded that he loved me. That moment made me feel like I was really appreciated by someone for the first time and I want to experience more of that as a teacher. 

Who inspires you and why??

My mom and dad inspire me the most. They are constantly reminding me to push myself, stay focused, keep in touch with everyone, and, most of all, remain true to myself. They are my biggest motivation and it keeps me wanting to reach my goals. 

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

?After I graduate, I plan on accepting an offer from Jefferson County Public Schools for a guaranteed teaching position in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Words to live by: ?Determination, motivation and hope.