Samantha Barber, graduate student and former student athlete from Cape Town, South Africa, continues her journey at Lynn as a graduate assistant for the Office of Admission.
Barber completed her undergraduate career with a degree in Event Management with an active NCAA athletic career and student leadership resume. Throughout her four years at Lynn, she connected with people that provided her with many opportunities to become involved on campus, while creating a lifetime lasting memories and friendships.
“My time at Lynn University was truly an amazing experience,” said Barber. “I consider myself very lucky thinking how I came to this place without knowing what to expect, but it ended up being way more than what I ever imagined.”
Barber initially came to Lynn as a recruit for the Women’s Golf Team. As a student-athlete, she received numerous awards including WGCA All-America Scholar honors throughout all four years of her career. She was a Resident Assistant her senior year in the Perper Residence Hall, and has been working as a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions for the past two years.
“Getting involved on campus was probably one of the best decisions I made in my four years at Lynn,” said Barber. “I met incredible people that I now call friends. I’ve made connections with people from different areas of study, and I learned and grew so much as a person.”
Barber expressed that even though she loves the country and the area of Boca, she cannot wait to visit her family back home in South Africa. One of the main differences she found between the two countries was the culture.
“I found the American culture very different from mine. For example, I never heard of some holidays as Thanksgiving, until I came to the U.S.,” she said. “I think that Americans are very warm and open people, which made the whole study abroad experience easier to adapt to.”
Although her undergraduate and NCAA athletic career are behind her, Barber is currently pursuing a MBA in marketing and plans to graduate in spring 2019. She continues to be a Student Ambassador, serving as a graduate assistant for the Office of Admission as well as attempting new opportunities and gaining more experience in the events management field, creating a solid path for her future.