by Web on March 10, 2015
Samesa Hoskin, a freshman from the Mississippi Delta town of Indianola, has big dreams.“I want to become a lawyer and earn my doctorate in psychology or political science,” she said. “Somewhere in between gaining my degrees, I want to become a Teach For America teacher or a Peace Corps teacher. Then I want to start a nonprofit organization where I partner with at-risk schools to help understand and prevent bad child behavior.
“After that, I want to run for office, either locally or nationally, to help solve some of the problems we have today. Lastly, I want to set up a scholarship fund to help deserving students go to school. I want to pay it forward.”
Millsaps offers what she needs for success and is a good fit, Hoskins said.
“It is small, has a great academic reputation, hires professors of the highest degree, and made my education possible through a generous scholarship,” she said.
Hoskin, who plans to double major in psychology and political science and earn a minor in education, has made the most of her time at Millsaps.
As a member of the mock trial team, she has already earned an award as Most Outstanding Witness and will move up to take on the role of an attorney. She acted in the Millsaps Players production of “As You Like It” and also participates in the Major Havoc theatre company.
Hoskin plays intramural sports, serves the Student Body Association and works as a student life intern. She recently attended the week-long National Association for Campus Activities national conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
“My work with student life and SBA overlaps because I am executive director of programming, which means I am responsible for all of the programming, activities and events that are sponsored by SAPS/SBA,” she said.
She’s in the middle of planning for Major Madness this spring and Homecoming next fall. (Her efforts to boost school spirit earned her a Major Spirit Fan award during Homecoming 2014.)
“For Major Madness, I have to construct a massive week of fun and spirit using the broad and colorful ideas from the student body, SBA and SAPS while sticking to a tight budget,” she said. There are many meetings that I have to attend and hours of planning plus I negotiate with talent agencies.”
In just one semester, Hoskin said her way of thinking, writing and reading has evolved, growth she credits to her experiences at Millsaps.
“In the past, I struggled in constructing five-paragraph essays but now I am writing 10-page papers with little difficulty,” she said. “Playing the game of lacrosse has taught me endurance; keep running and do not stop until you get there. Keep writing, and do not stop until it is done.
“My experience with the mock trial team has taught me how to lay foundations and construct arguments. Knowing law, logistics, and how cases are broken down and solved stretches my knowledge. I’ve gained a great sense of imagination from participating in theatre this semester.”
Hoskin said she’s fond of all of her professors but two stand out: Dr. Holly Sypniewski, associate professor of classical studies, and Dr. Iren Omo-Bare, associate professor of political science.
“Dr. Sypniewski has one of the most charismatic teaching styles that I have ever seen, plus she's my academic advisor,” she said. “She helps me with forming conclusions about my education and personal life. Dr. Omo-Bare is the man who always challenges my way of thinking. He has pushed me to think in a hopeful and realistic way. I truly appreciate that.”
Possibilities are limitless at Millsaps and it’s easy to pursue one’s interests in an environment that is nurturing. “The people here are just like me because Millsaps fosters overachievers and great leaders,” she said.