Shortly after I decided to come to KSU, I learned about the THRIVE program and decided I would give it a try. It helped prepare me and my parents for what to expect as a new college student. It also helped me meet a large group of people before classes even started. The Thrive graduation coaches and my wonderful KSU Seminar professor (Dee Grindell) helped motivate me to not only stay involved, but to do well in my classes and keep the HOPE scholarship. Overall, THRIVE really did help me thrive my freshmen year and helped create and instill habits that carried me through the next four years. I have since graduated and now have the honor of working for KSU in the University Events department where I get to plan events around campus. I love working for the school that gave me so much and I love seeing that THRIVE continues to grow and help more students each year. I recommend THRIVE to all students that I know that are coming to KSU because college can be a huge adjustment, but the THRIVE program can make it easier.
Malik Lyder is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with a minor in Spanish. Malik is a Zell Miller, R.A. Bowen and Peyton Anderson scholar and has been named to the KSU Dean’s List. Malik was also invited to join KSU’s first year honor society Phi Eta Sigma in recognition of his academic achievements.
He volunteers yearly with the American Lupus Society and enjoys teaching computer literacy skills to adults as part of the Thrive Program. Last spring (April 2017) Malik was one of 194 college students from across the country selected by JP Morgan Chase to attend their Freshman Experience Seminar in New York City where he received a valuable introduction into the financial services industry!
In addition, Malik recently returned from spending several weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico where he lived with a host family while attending college, to continue enhancing his fluency in Spanish. While in Oaxaca, he also taught English speaking lessons to young adults studying the English language.
Upon graduating from KSU Malik plans to pursue his Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Public Policy, he hopes to one day work with the United Nations (UN) to help initiate global change among the nations of the world.