Recent Grad Lashyra Nolen Ventures to Spain On Fulbright Grant
Class of ’17 health and human sciences graduate LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is journeying to Galicia, Spain this fall thanks to a Fulbright grant to teach English to high school students and perform public health research. The Carson, Calif. native will be studying the obesity and diabetes rates in the area, as well as organizing a 5K run.
“My LMU education really instilled in me the desire to use my knowledge to serve marginalized communities, and that in whatever I do, do in love and in the service of my neighbor,” LaShyra said.
Originally drawn to LMU for its sense of community and Jesuit values, she says LMU particularly stood out due to the incredible support of an undergraduate admission counselor, who went above and beyond to locate scholarships that might make attending LMU a reality for her.
“Someone so willing to go out of their way to help me,” said LaShyra of her first impression at LMU. “And that held consistent throughout my time here as a student.”
Following her work abroad, LaShyra plans to pursue a dual degree program in medicine and public health at either UCLA or Georgetown, with the hopes of becoming a physician in family medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics.
“I think my major was broad,” LaShyra said, “So I was able to take a range of classes and all have given me a solid foundation in order to understand the complexities of chronic diseases we are continuously seeing develop in the U.S.”
LaShyra’s fierce Lion pride led her to hold office as Associated Student of Loyola Marymount University (ASLMU) president. Among the highlights of her presidency, ASLMU Senate increased its number of seats from 11 to 20 in order to better represent the diversity of the student population, changed election codes so that students no longer have to pay out of pocket for campaign materials and initiated early registration for veteran students.
LaShyra is the recipient of the Father Graham Alumni Award for Leadership and was given a Presidential Citation for her commitment to service and academic achievement.
Outside of ASLMU, LaShyra was involved in a number of pursuits, on and off campus, including the Belles service organization and volunteer work at the Good Shepherd Domestic Violence Shelter and the Venice Clinic.
As for what advice LaShyra has for new and incoming Lions?
“Say yes to every LMU opportunity within your personal boundaries,” LaShyra said. “Don’t over-commit, but also don’t say no to opportunities because they are outside your comfort zone.”