Kalil Diawara

Chose LaGrange sight unseen

Most of the students who graduated high school with Kalil Diawara in St. Augustine, Fla., are attending a small community college near there this fall.

"That's where everybody goes," he says. "But I didn't want to be 'everybody.'"

Instead, he chose LaGrange College and learned at Orientation in June that it's the right place for him.

"My uncle lives an hour and 20 minutes from the college in Powder Springs and told me about it," he said. "I decided to come here without even stepping foot on campus. I found out that everything I saw and read in the brochures was true."

When Kalil and his mother came to Orientation, he says they felt welcomed by everyone, including the students who comprise the Orientation Team, or "O-Team," as it's fondly called.

"I think my mom realized that I would be in a great environment," he says. "The O-Team members even told my mom they'd take care of me."

Kalil says the professors he met at Orientation also helped him with scheduling his classes and seemed genuinely concerned with his well-being.

"That's really what I need," he says. "I'm not really the best in math, so I don't think I could just go to a large university and sit in a class of 300 and try to figure it all out on my own. I can see here that the professors really do care and want to help you succeed."

Kalil plans to major in business and may have gotten bitten by the entrepreneurial bug because of a unique gesture by his dad, who is originally from Guinea on the west coast of Africa.

"I own land in Africa because of my dad," Kalil says. "I have a couple of acres of mango trees."

He would have loved to play college football, but several knee and foot injuries will keep him off the field for awhile. Still, that won't stop him from attending games of all the sports LaGrange College has to offer.

"There's so much going on here that I'm really going to have to balance my time studying," he says. "I'll have to remind myself, 'Hey, there'll always be another basketball team, but I only have one chance to do well on this test.' I know that if I really need to stay in my dorm and study, I will."

The last summer Orientation is Thursday and Friday, August 16-17. Freshmen move to campus on Saturday, August 18, with classes starting Wednesday, August 22.

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.