Joe Lopez is a junior international business and accounting double major at Lake Erie College. He is originally from Huntley, Ill., arrived at the Lake Erie Campus with one of his best friends and, in his three years here, he has been involved in a variety of activities.
Joe is vice president of the Italian club on campus, Il Convivio, and also serves as an Italian tutor and teaching assistant. He is also vice president of the Campus Activities Board, an association secretary for the Student Government, a member of the International Students Club, and, in his spare time, works at the Athletic Center.
He is involved as a student leader for the Arts, Cultures and Humanities Learning Community, a unique opportunity for LEC students. "At the moment, it is an exciting time to be a part of these communities, because they are still being developed,” he says."We are developing a program that not only welcomes college freshmen, but also allows them to grow within their respective communities and expand their learning beyond the classroom. As a leader, I work with the leaders from other communities to put on programs that promote inter-community development and provide opportunities for the students to be better involved with the campus. Our first event was a brunch at the Victor Manor House, which was a great success.
Joe is also a Resident Assistant for Ritter Hall, one of LEC’s residence halls. "I wanted to be an RA because of the great opportunities that it offers,” Joe says of his experience. "I’ve definitely grown as a leader in my short time in the position, and I know that I have helped my [residents] make an easier transition to college life.”
Joe says he chose LEC because of the small, welcoming campus, the people and the Presidential Honors Day Competition, which gave him the opportunity to compete for additional academic scholarships. "[The Presidential Honors Scholarship] made my decision for me,” he says. Once he arrived on campus, he found out how easy it is to fit in. "I like telling [my friends and family] that I know almost everyone on campus,” he says. "No matter where I go, there’s always someone to talk to and catch up with. I’m never bored.”
His favorite thing about the campus, however, is all the opportunities available to him. "The ability to grow,” he says. "There’s so much opportunity if you look for it and take it.” He hopes that his experience at LEC will help him achieve his goals of working internationally. "Ideally, working in Italy,” he says. "That would be great.”