By Kelly Marmo
Faith Thomas, junior, grew up in Atlanta, amongst her 6 sisters and one brother and is a 3.0 film and television student who goes above and beyond to help others.
Thomas made the decision this past January to complete her citizenship project in Costa Rica where she studied language and culture. Thomas also minors in digital photography and is a resident assistant.
“I have always wanted to travel and figured, ‘why not start now?,’” said Thomas. “I wanted to try something new and studying abroad gave me just that.”
Since her trip to Costa Rica, Thomas’ life has changed completely. Since then, she has been working on creating a campaign inspired by her experience. She hopes to use this campaign to help others find their voice.
Thomas insists that one of the key factors she took away from this trip is that she has come to appreciate friends and family more. She has also learned that everything does not have to be done in a hurry.
“In Costa Rica, they have this national saying, ‘Pura Vida.’ In literal translation, it means pure life, but it is also a way of living,” said Thomas. “It’s their reminder that everything is going to be okay or is already okay.”
Thomas wants to use her campaign, VOICE, to help bring awareness to sexual abuse and harrassment by giving victims of it a voice to represent themselves through art. The five pillars this idea represents are virtuous, optimism, integrity, compassion and empathy.
“My passion to help others is what motivates me,” said Thomas. “Everything that I do, I try and figure out how exactly it can benefit someone else.”
Thomas is involved at Lynn as she is part of the Lynn Leadership Institute, secretary of Knights of the Roundtable, secretary of Golden Key International Honor Society and the vice president of the Black Student Union.
“Some of my [bigger] accomplishments would be becoming a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society as well as the Honor Society here at Lynn,” said Thomas.
Thomas hopes to leave a legacy at Lynn and wants other people to come out of their comfort zones in order to find their passions. She continues to encourage and motivate those around her and leaves a lasting impression on the people she interacts with everyday.