By Courtney Cleveland
This week’s Millsapian is Anna Sit, a senior biology major from West Monroe, La. She currently serves as SBA Vice-President and is a member of ODK, Order of Omega, AED, and Tri Beta.
The Purple and White: What made you come to Millsaps?
Anna Sit: Originally, I was set to go to a completely different college, but as circumstances would have it, I ended up hitting a mailbox, and my parents limited my college choice to a four-hour range of my hometown. Thus, I ended up at Millsaps. I like to answer why I decided to stay at Millsaps. For me, it was returning home for Winter Break my freshman year and discussing with all of my high school friends about our college experiences thus far. And I realized how much I had already begun to change. I felt like a puzzle piece that still had the same print on it as West Monroe, but I just didn’t quite fit in anymore. And I attribute that to Millsaps, for expanding my horizons and challenging me to question what I had always simply accepted as truth, pushing me to think for myself and what I’m capable of.
P&W: What, if anything, would you change about the campus?
AS: The perspective of most Millsapians. Everybody always complains about how pricey the tuition is, but fun fact, you can leave at any time but you continue to stay. So, you have to be able to reason it in your head why the tuition is worth it, the tradeoffs of the price versus a quality education. So, stop complaining unless you’re going to do something about it. All you’re doing is dragging down everybody else around you, and we promise we’re all thinking the same thing. It’s about attitude.
P&W: Who has made the biggest impact on your life?
AS: This sounds like a cop out, but I honestly can’t decide on one person. It’s probably a mixture of all the people who have supported me from the beginning, people who saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Trey Vernaci, Madeline Iles, Serena Tolar, Will Takewell to name a few. They are the ones who pushed me to apply for leadership positions, helped nurture me, provided a great example of what a leader looks like and never let me take the easy way out.
P&W: What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
AS: One time I was the secretary for a club that I was in. During our induction ceremony for the newest members, I had the responsibility of lighting a candle and then passing on the flame to the new members. I ended up accidentally catching my program on fire, which I was holding with my other hand, and my first instinct was to drop a few not so tasteful words. I had to put out the fire with a nearby bowl of water, all while the new members watched me panic on stage. Best part? Their parents had been invited to watch as well, and after my program was extinguished, I still had to relight my candle to pass the flame on.
P&W: What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?
AS: This past summer when the Foundations Director team successfully pulled off our first summer orientation session. There’s nothing like seeing an event that you worked together on for six months be run without a snag.
P&W: If you could only eat one food for the rest of eternity, what would it be?
AS: Definitely oatmeal raisin cookies. I have no idea why people like chocolate chip cookies so much, oatmeal raisin is the way to go.
P&W: If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the winnings?
AS: Invest half in a mutual fund and use the other half as collateral to start my own business. I wish I was joking!
The Purple and White thanks Anna for answering these questions! If you or someone you know would like to be the next “Meet the Millsapian,” you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.