As a varsity and club volleyball player, Lynx thespian, Bridge Builder, rock climber, web editor on the school newspaper, National Merit Commended Scholar, National African American Recognition Program winner, and member of nine honor societies, Lotanna Oraedu '22 has had a busy yet highly successful Lausanne experience.
Lotanna's ability to manage her multiple activities along with her leadership skills have empowered her to take on many roles, and as a junior, she was appointed as the secretary of the Lausanne chapter of the National Honor Society.
"My job is to help the president, Vice President and advisor of NHS plan and organize events, projects, inductions and tutoring services," Lotanna shared. "One of our NHS projects was creating an organization called the Student Wellbeing Advocacy Group (SWAG) that promotes Upper School students' emotional and mental well-being."
Between her academic achievements as a full IB student and her extracurricular activities, Lotanna has had much to be proud of during her time as a Lynx. However, she says her proudest accomplishment was her acceptance into Columbia University.
"I have worked hard throughout elementary, middle and Upper School to maintain good grades and actively participate in several extracurriculars, Lotanna said. "Getting into Columbia University, my top choice, really validated all the work I've put in so far."
Because of Lausanne's focus on global-mindedness, Lotanna says her educational experience exposed her to people, topics, and perspectives from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, which made Columbia the perfect fit.
"My experience has given me more global-mindedness, with the ability to understand and take action in the world around me," Lotanna said. "Additionally, Lausanne's coursework is very rigorous, especially the full IB program, which has pushed me to develop time-management, study, and critical thinking skills that will help me in college and my career."
In college, Lotonna plans to major in business with a minor in biology and hopes to pursue a career in dentistry as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
"The class that shaped my future career path was Business Management SL, which is why I'm going to major in business. I love Mr. Libassi's class – it's engaging and related to current events, and the things I learn there will aid me when I work towards owning a business in the future."