Leslie Eldridge

Leslie Eldridge

Are there honors/achievements/special recognition you would like to list that are not included above?
Vice President of Education-Alpha Chi Omega sorority

What led you to your area of study/field of interest?
I have always loved politics; I cannot remember not wanting to be involved with it. I think that politics was just the obvious choice for me. I also really enjoy learning about Latin American politics and hope to work in the Latin American political and economic field.

What honor, achievement or accomplishment is most meaningful to you? Why?
Making my mother proud is probably the most meaningful achievement. It does not come with a certificate or fancy title, but I know all my hard work is worth it when she tells me that she is proud.

Who has been influential or had a significant impact on your life? Please elaborate. (Please include individuals at KU as appropriate.)
My mother, once again, has been the most influential person in my life. She has been a great support the past few years here. Even though she is over 300 miles away, we still speak everyday, and I feel closer to her now than I ever have.

Why do you believe it is important to recognize women for their accomplishments?
In a society like ours, gender is a dividing factor. Women have not always been recognized and respected, and so often, we are still not. Recognizing women allows us to encourage women and set positive examples for women in future generations.

What is a most favorite/least favorite memory as a student?
I love my walks to class, which obviously give me many good memories. When early fall brings in a slight chill, there is nothing more exhilarating than taking a nice walk and thinking about my day.

What is your definition of success?
I think success is trying your hardest. My mother has always told me that "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I think that success comes from the willingness to fail, and then to pick yourself back up. You may not always get the desired results, but you will definitely know that you did your best, and at least get an A for effort.

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