Felipe Vega

A balancing act
Felipe Vega is the ultimate time juggler, managing a demanding class load with sports and leadership roles on campus.

The senior from Iron City, Ga., is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, vice president of Alpha Delta Gamma, treasurer of the Student Government Association, treasurer of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, a resident advisor, a member of the Orientation Team and a member of the Panther football team.

How in the world does he do everything?

“I get that question a lot,” he says with a laugh. “There is a lot of time management involved. The most important thing is academics, of course, so I have to make sure that I have the time scheduled for that, and make effective use of that time.”

Felipe says his strength comes from his faith and his mother.

“She’s definitely the most important thing in my life,” he says. “She grew up in Mexico and we moved to the United States when I was 8. She didn’t have much when she started off, and she has always made me appreciate hard work. She taught me that if you respect people and do what you are told, you will go far in life.”

But her most important advice resonated with her son.

“My mother believes in the power of education. She didn’t have the opportunity to get an education (in Mexico), but I know that everything I am doing here is what she would have loved to do, if she’d only had the opportunity. Everything I do, I do for her.”

Felipe is pursuing a double major in accounting and business, and a minor in religion. His time on the Hill has taught him two things he didn’t know about himself: He is a good student and a leader.

“I always thought I’d be successful, but I didn’t know I’d do as well academically. And I never thought of myself as a leader … but I’ve definitely learned here that I have certain leadership skills – that I can do what is right but also get others to do what is right. I’ve also grown in my faith and I’ve become a much stronger Christian since I’ve been here.”

Attending a college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church teaches students how to deal with things on more than one level, he says.

“The big issue right now in business is ethics, so being from a college that not only stresses efficiency but also morality and ethics is very important.”

Felipe hopes to continue his education by attending graduate school at the University of Michigan, citing the stellar reputation of its business school. His goal is to become a certified public accountant and eventually a chief financial officer for a large company.

But there is another reason he wants to head north.

“I want to go out of the South and experience different cultures,” he says.

“And,” he continues with a big grin, “I’m a huge Michigan football fan.”

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.