June 30, 2014
Susan Fasano spent her freshman year at a private university in Louisiana and then transferred to Millsaps College.
“I felt a little lost in the crowd and knew I wanted to be in a smaller community where I could contribute on a personal level,” said Fasano, a senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I love being able to share my transfer perspective to prospective students on tours because I have grown to believe in the Millsaps’ advantage. The close-knit community of high-caliber coaches, professors, and students on this campus are unique to Millsaps and cannot be mimicked elsewhere.”
Fasano is a member of the cross country team and the track and field team and serves as a presidential ambassador for the admissions office. She is vice president of the Catholic Student Association, a member of Phi Mu sorority and a 1 Campus 1 Community team member.
She has led efforts to revamp the campus recycling program that include securing new recycling bins and beginning a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. “Since a young age, I have always loved the outdoors and been interested in environmental conservation and sustainability efforts,” she said.
When Fasano arrived at Millsaps, she said she brought preconceived notions of her abilities and what she could accomplish.
“While the transformation has been subtle, I’ve enjoyed proving myself wrong and accomplishing goals I never thought to be possible,” she said. “I attribute my personal growth to the inspiration I have derived from the incredible people and support I have encountered at Millsaps. I am humbled by the accomplishments of my peers and energized to better myself so that I may contribute to positive change on campus, in the Jackson community and society at large.”
A trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas earlier this year with track and field teammates brought a sense of accomplishment.
“Our goal was to complete the Outer Mountain Loop which consisted of hiking 33.5 miles over four days and three nights,” she said. “While the first and second day seemed manageable, the third day presented the greatest challenge as we had to hike 15 miles up and down mountain ranges, across a sunny desert, and through a dried gravel creek bed to get to our campground. After eight hours of non-stop hiking, we finally reached our destination thoroughly exhausted, hungry, and delirious. Over the course of the day, I questioned my sanity several times and contemplated stopping altogether from sheer exhaustion. Despite my self-doubt, I found strength and support in my teammates and coach and ultimately accomplished one of the hardest challenges I have ever undertaken.”
An accounting major who plans to earn an M.B.A. or a master’s of accountancy, Fasano said the close-knit community at Millsaps has allowed her to get to know many of the professors and administration on a personal level.
“It’s really nice to not only be on a first-name basis with my professors, but to also see them in attendance at my track meets and for them to ask how I did the next day,” she said.
Last January, she competed on the Millsaps Blues Half-Marathon relay team that included Millsaps College President Dr. Rob Pearigen and finished second out of 62 teams. “I don’t think I would have gotten the chance to run a half-marathon with the president at a much larger university,” she said.