These opportunities opened many exciting doors for Lucy. Today, she is a thriving student who recently earned her second scholarship that will take her to New York City to intern for UNL alumnus, literary agent Noah Ballard (’11). She is getting real-life professional experience editing and reviewing manuscripts under Ballard's direction with the New York based literary agency, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Lucy aspires to bring attention to the lack of diversity among published authors and those working in the publishing industry. Lucy strives to be a force for change in closing that gap. She recently completed a class project – the book Alphabet: Food For Thought, highlighting the many contributions to literature, culture and society by iconic African Americans and others who have immigrated from other parts of the world.
With all of her successes thus far as an undergraduate, Lucy has set her sights toward a career and future where she will be a force for good in her community and beyond. “I cannot undo 400 years of discrimination,” Lucy notes, “but I can certainly be a strong voice for promoting positive change.”
Lucy encourages her fellow students to pursue their education with open minds and explore what their passions are and what brings them true happiness. She also expresses a great deal of gratitude for the scholarship support and the numerous opportunities to grow within the College of Arts and Sciences, which have enabled her to achieve this for herself.
“I am honoring my father’s memory by respecting my passions,” Lucy says. ”I believe that when you find something you love to do, that leads to more drive and determination, and success will naturally follow.”
"My Black Women Authors class taught by Maureen Honey. In this class, I made the book 'Alphabet' that analyzes black identity and culture through history from literature to pop culture references."