Lesli Akeo Woman of the Year Personal Statement

Lesli Akeo

June 10, 2013

Siena College provided an environment to excel in the classroom and on the volleyball court, in a Franciscan community committed to building a more just, peaceable, and humane world through service. It was an amazing experience.

Throughout my time here, I've realized the identities that link each part of my life together. But I'm not just a student, student athlete, leader, or volunteer. I'm a person living in this world, a person who hopes to make a difference.

The past four years have shaped me into a person with a stronger set of core values.

In the Hawaiian language, my core values are expressed as follows: Aloha (compassion), Malama (to care for), Kuleana (responsibility/privilege), Ho`omau (to persevere), Ha`ah`a (humility), `Imi Na`auao (to seek enlightenment/wisdom), and Pono (righteous).

These values, combined with my different skills, activities, and abilities help me strive to be a better person. It is what has strengthened and guided me in the classroom, on the court, and in the community, and what will continue to guide me when I leave Siena.