By Courtney Cleveland
Leah Nicole Whitcomb is a senior communications studies major from Kosciusko, Miss. In her free time, she enjoys writing, cooking and filmmaking.
The Purple and White: What made you come to Millsaps?
Leah Nicole Whitcomb: I came because of Millsaps’ reputation as the best college in Mississippi. I was also attracted by the rate where 95 percent of recent graduates either had jobs or were in grad school 6 months after college. Now that I’m nearing graduation, I really hope that I’m not (in) the 5 percent.
P&W: What has been your favorite memory on campus?
LNW: Early during my first semester of freshman year, me and a group of my friends went to Dairy Queen on a Friday night. I had grown up in a homogenous religious community that invalidated different faiths and denominations so the thing that stuck out to me was that none of us were from the same religious traditions, yet we all got along and we could all have this meal together, and I just thought that was really special.
P&W: How has Millsaps shaped you for the outside world?
LNW: Compared to where I came from, I was pretty open-minded, but Millsaps has made me more aware of others and what I can do to better serve them.
P&W: Tell me something embarrassing about yourself.
LNW: I still sleep with the blankie my grandma gave me for Christmas when I was 11. I can’t sleep well without it.
P&W: What do you plan on doing after graduation (career wise and in general)?
LNW: I get this question a lot because I’m graduating, but honestly, I have no plans but to find myself. I have been in school for 19 of my 22 years on this earth and I have no idea who I am without school or who I am if I’m not a student. I’m going to find out.
P&W: What piece of advice would you like to leave behind for an incoming freshman?
LNW: Take care of yourself. You can’t do everything in this world, but you can take a moment out for yourself. It’s okay to be selfish, as long as it’s for your wellbeing. Don’t be guilty for giving your body things it needs like alone time, sleep and food.
P&W: How do you think people will remember you on campus?
LNW: The girl with way too many pairs of elephant pants.
P&W: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
LNW: Africa, just to regain a sense of the history and culture stolen from me and my American ancestors.
P&W: What could you binge watch for hours and not get tired of?
LNW: Bob’s Burgers.
P&W: Describe yourself in three words.
LNW: Strong, anxious and funny.
The Purple and White thanks Leah for answering these questions! If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the next “Meet the Millsapian,” article, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.