Elsa Coughlin '19

Elsa
Elsa Coughlin
2019
Major(s): 
Government
Minor(s): 
Asian Studies
Hometown: 
Cazenovia, NY
Activities: 
Sailing club, The Gridiron (yearbook club), DAG (Disabilities Awareness Group), Kappa Delta Sigma

When I first came to St. Lawrence, I was fully convinced that I wanted to study business and psychology, but after taking a course in each of these areas, I realized I had no idea what I was interested in. In the spring semester of my freshmen year, I took Buddhist Art and Ritual, with Dr. Basu, and I realized just how interesting and applicable art history and Asian studies could be. Since then, I have taken a variety of Asian studies courses from China’s Rise (GOVT) to Gender Issues in Asian Art (AAH) that have all been incredibly fun to learn about. These classes and their respective professors have helped me to solidify my decision to study abroad in Thailand in the Spring of 2018, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait to see where my experiences will take me.

As a first-year student I was a member of the SLU riding team and learned a lot about myself and where my priorities were, so in my sophomore year I decided to leave the riding team and try new things. I joined the Swing Dance Club and danced in my first ever on-stage performance, which was one of the scariest experiences in my life, I also was convinced by my mom ‘86 to rush Kappa Delta Sigma sorority. And now as a junior, I decided to join the Gridiron yearbook club, and I am still involved in riding through a local barn where I keep my horse, I am an executive member of the sailing club and I am the secretary of KDS.

Study Abroad: 
Thailand
2018
On-campus employment: 
Previously student worker at the Elsa Gunnison Appleton Equestrian Center (2015-16); Reading and Math Tutor at Jefferson Elementary School (2016)