December Graduate Spotlight: Leandria Thurman

December 15, 2021 Jaidyn Kamplain

Throughout her time at Hardin-Simmons University, December 2021 graduate Leandria Thurman has touched the lives of many.  

Whether she was working with freshmen women as a Resident Assistant or working on projects for her art degree in the Frost Center, Thurman’s love for others and drive for success shaped her time on campus. By serving on leadership teams and being an active member in numerous clubs, including Proven, Voices of Praise, Kappa Pi, Circle K, Gamma Beta Phi, the BSM, and SABERs, she was able to connect with many people across campus. Thurman was also her class president for a time as well as the vice president of Proven.  

“I have been surrounded by people who care about me as a student and as a human being,” shared Thurman. “Not only do they want to see me succeed, but they actually help me do so.” 

Thurman was presented with the Cowgirl of the Year Award.

Thurman’s achievements were displayed when she was presented with the Cowgirl of the Year Award this past spring. She shared that it was an amazing way for her to step back and realize the impact she had made at HSU, and she was honored to receive the award.  

Following graduation, Thurman plans to pursue a master’s degree at HSU in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As for her career, Thurman is working towards owning a hair-care business and eventually owning her own graphic design company that she intends to be a one-stop-shop for customers. 

“I’ve always wanted to own my own business and now I am finally putting in the work to make that happen,” Thurman stated. “I have learned so much here and honestly feel prepared for the outside world. I am so glad I came to HSU and I have been so blessed!”