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Third-generation Ram charges toward bright future
Ingrained deep within David Lawrence, II’s memory is the history of Albany State University. Although his parents met at ASU, his roots date back to the late 1940s when his grandmother and great aunt attended the institution known then as Albany State College. With a dedication to serve fellow students and a genuine enthusiasm about networking, the 21-year-old junior is carving his own legacy in ASU history.
“I am here for a reason. Until I have made that difference and inspired others, my work here is not done,” Lawrence said.
The Supply Chain and Logistics Management and Marketing student defines networking as one of the most important activities students should engage in while matriculating at college. To prove the point and demonstrate his belief, Lawrence is heavily engaged in campus activities as well as in the community. One of his most memorable college experiences occurred while running for office as the 2013-2014 Student Government Association vice president. He lost the election, but the process taught a valuable lesson – that change on campus can occur with effort.
“I learned that I truly had a lot more support at this school than I realized,” Lawrence said. “Because I am a quiet person, I really [didn’t know how people felt] about me. I really didn’t know how I would be perceived, but I wanted my passion to speak for itself.”
“What I admired the most about David was how he worked so well with his competitors during the SGA election,” said Student Government Association President, DeJane’ Thompson. “Even though we were running against each other, he wasn’t about competition. He even helped us with our campaign, assisting Amber [the SGA’s current vice president] and I with putting [flyers] up and helping take them down. He is a genuinely nice person.”
Last year, Lawrence served as president of Enactus, a student organization that seeks to implement projects and programs that service the Albany community. As president, he led the competition team to nationals for the sixth time, traveling to Kansas City, Mo. In addition, he is a member of the Student Activities Advisory Board. In the role, he helps to organize campus events such as the Homecoming step show and the freshman talent showcase. He is also involved in organizations such as the “NEW Supply Chain & Logistics Club” and “Strive to Thrive,” a community outreach program.
“I knew at Albany State, David would receive a solid foundation in academics and would learn lessons about life to help him fulfill long and short term goals,” said David Lawrence, Sr., a reprographics technician in ASU’s Word Processing Center who has worked at Albany State for 34 years. “I’m glad [my son] came to ASU, but what I’m most proud of is the fact that, through all that David does, he maintains a high GPA.”
To many of his peers, professors, and family members, David has proven himself to be an academic achiever and a student leader while remaining humble.
“My goal is to lead by example. I want to leave a carbon footprint so that the people who come after me will have a positive example to follow,” Lawrence said.
Cherelle Perry received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in print journalism at Albany State University in spring 2013. She is currently working as an administrative assistant in the College of Education while pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at ASU.