Senior and math major Angel Rouson is a prime example that hard work and dedication will lead you to success.
Five years ago, Rouson took her first visit to the Queens campus and fell in love. She instantly knew Queens was where she wanted to get her college education.
"I remember plucking a leaf off a tree on campus and bringing it back home with me as a reminder that I would someday be at Queens," said Rouson. "When I found out I was accepted, one of the first things I did was toss that leaf away, knowing that I had achieved my first big goal."
Rouson received a full scholarship to Queens right out of high school for her superior academic achievements. Since attending Queens, Rouson has continued to excel not only in academics, but has become heavily involved on campus and in the Queens community.
Most Queens students know Rouson as their Student Body President, where she gets to be the voice of over 1,200 traditional undergraduate students.
Rouson has been involved in the Student Government Association since her freshman year. She started out as a representative and then moved on to freshman and sophomore class president. She landed executive vice president right before becoming Student Body President, which holds the highest responsibilities in the SGA.
"Katie Carmen, James Johnson and Lindsey Collins are Queens Alumni who served as president before me, and they were so influential in my decision to stay in SGA and work my way up to this top position," said Rouson." "They each taught me something different and made me a well-rounded person and really prepared me for this role."
Beyond serving as Student Body President, Rouson has volunteered over 300 hours as a Teaching Fellow by tutoring high school students every week and attending various service events such as the MLK Day of Service at Queens. She is also treasurer of Kappa Delta Sorority and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and a member of SAFE: Students Advocating For Equality.
Rouson is excited to graduate this May and has high hopes of becoming a high school teacher closer to her hometown in Currituck County, N.C. She is open to teaching at an underperforming school because she wants to be an example to her students that they can achieve their goals.
"Queens gave me the confidence to reach my aspirations to become a teacher, and I would not be where I am today without the opportunities this university has given me," said Rouson.
After she lands her dream teaching job, Rouson hopes to serve on the City Council or the Board of Education.