Staff: Laura Drake
Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Degree: MA in English Literature 2009; BA in Anthropology with a minor in English 2007
Job: Coordinating Instructor of the Learning Skills Support Program (LSSP)
Phone Number: 662.325.7228
Office Location: Allen Hall, 260E
What are you currently teaching?
I currently teach LSK 1033 Fundamentals of Achievement: Applications to College, Work, and Life as well as LSK 1131 Fundamentals of Success. Both courses are designed for the Learning Skills Support Program.
What do you enjoy most about working with MSU students?
I enjoy working with MSU students because I enjoy building that relationship to the point where if the student needs advice or just wants to share how they have been doing even after their participation in the LSSP, they know they can come to me. I enjoy helping students reach far past their expected potential to meet those goals that at one point in their academic career seemed out of reach. I love running into my former students and they are so excited to tell me about what a great semester they had, how they just graduated, or how much they are enjoying school. I adored school and learning when I was a student, so if I could inspire just one to feel that type of emotion for their education, I will feel like I have succeeded.
What is the most important advice you would give students?
The ability to prioritize your daily activities and manage your time effectively will benefit you as a student by giving you the knowledge of what needs to be completed when, saving you from procrastination and the stress that comes with that in the long run.
Why should students take advantage of The Learning Center?
Students will find that the various services and classes offered through TLC are there to provide them with the tools and study skills to become a successful college graduate.
What are your hobbies or What do you do during your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to read, write short works of fiction, learning foreign languages, and cooking. I also spend a great deal of time either watching the Food Network for recipe ideas or browsing their website for new recipes to try out on my unsuspecting friends and family.
What are your research interest/specialty areas?
Specifically in matters related to my work, my research has been geared towards retention and the causes behind student attrition (with a specific focus on student behaviors and attitudes). Other research areas include English literature with a specific focus on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and the Medieval time period as well as literary works in Middle English.
- Member of the College of Education Research Committee
- Member of Lambda Alpha Anthropological Honor Society