Devonte Grinstead is a senior professional health studies major, concentrating in occupational therapy. He is a native of Natchitoches.
He decided to attend ULM after I attended “Browse on the Bayou.” The Recruitment and Admissions staff along with the “Hawk Seekers” were very helpful, and as a result of their caring nature, I felt at home. I immediately knew this was the place for me.
I chose my major because my great grandmother and great grandfather were both stroke victims, and each had an Occupational Therapist come to their homes and assist them. When I saw the duties and responsibilities of an Occupational Therapist, I knew in my mind I wanted to work in that field.
I am involved in 10 organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and ULM Scouts. I am the current President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and I served as the Vice President of Social Media last year. I am also a member of the Campus Activities Board; Hometown Hawks; Maroon Platoon; the Health Studies Student Association; Up ‘til Dawn; The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and The Student Government Association (SGA).
I feel it is important to be involved on campus because your success as a student is linked to your involvement. It is important to be a part of a positive environment at all times. Being involved will create the skills that I need to be successful, such as, academic, leadership, social, and spiritual skills. The more people you know, the larger your network becomes, creating the road to success. The sense of belonging fosters loyalty and pride in my institution and community.
The city of Monroe has a lot to offer. The shopping is great in that there are many stores, the social life is very positive, and the spiritual life is very wholesome, thus making Monroe the city of my choice.
When I graduate, I plan to attend Louisiana State University in Shreveport to get my masters degree in occupational therapy. I expect to graduate from ULM in May 2014.
My favorite class taken at ULM was English 1001. Dr. Mary Adams—who was my English 1001 professor—had a distinct impact on me. Dr. Adams made me feel very comfortable and relaxed as an incoming freshman, and she has also kept in touch with me throughout my academic career. She does not forget her students and she is truly passionate about her job.
One thing that I have learned or discovered about myself since coming to ULM is that time management skills are important. Being involved in many organizations along with being a full time student can get pretty overwhelming at times, so I make sure I use my student planner and notate everything that I need to complete before the week expires.
My proudest moment at ULM thus far is being on the Dean’s List. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish this, but I knew I could do it if I put my mind to it. I have had my most fun at ULM just by being on campus everyday, socializing and intermingling and interacting with the students, my friends, professors, and staff.
My favorite spot on the ULM campus is the library. I chose the library because that is where I spend most of my time studying and getting prepared for tests.
If I could describe ULM in three words, they would be unique, supportive, and inspirational.