Student Shout-Out: Lambda Pi Eta Announces New President Simran Dhalla
Lambda Pi Eta Announces New President Simran Dhalla
By: Melissa Borrego, senior communication studies major
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) at the University of San Francisco (USF) announces Simran Dhalla as the new president for the student honor society. Dhalla is a senior communication studies major with a minor in legal studies. I had the opportunity to sit down with Dhalla and learn more about her new role with LPH and her plans after graduation.
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Simran Dhalla: I am a senior at USF and I formally joined LPH this semester, but I was inducted as president at the end of last semester. I am a communication studies major with a minor in legal studies. I really love the major, and it has been amazing to me! I have loved all of my professors and classes. Outside of school, I love playing sports and dancing or reading novels when I’ve got time.
Q: What is LPH and why did you decide to get involved with the organization?
Simran Dhalla: LPH is the communication studies honor society, and I decided to join because I thought it would be a great way to connect with students in the major. At USF, I think students can have a tendency to become very distant from one another. I don’t think we see this much at other universities. I really wanted to connect more with my peers. Last semester, the previous president of LPH also encouraged me to run for presidency.
Q: What are the requirements to join LPH, and why should students pursue membership?
Simran Dhalla: You must have completed at least 60 units, and you must maintain excellent grades. It is an honor society, so we do require that you have no lower than a B- average in the major. I think students should join LPH because it’s a great way to connect with the faculty and students in the major. We hold a lot of events, and it’s a nice way to get yourself involved a little bit deeper with the USF community.
Q: What are your responsibilities as LPH president, and how do you manage with the pressure?
Simran Dhalla: I manage everything as president, it’s a lot of delegating and communicating between the faculty and students. I contact everyone when we have events coming up, as well as help organize and execute those events. As far as managing the pressure, it’s a lot of work, but the LPH officers and our faculty advisor, Eve-Anne Doohan, all work together to make everything happen.
Q: What projects are you currently working on for LPH and what can students anticipate for next semester?
Simran Dhalla: Currently, we are working on more fundraising events. We have a fundraiser coming up with Chipotle on Nov. 28. We are starting to organize more events at games. We try to identify student athletes in the major and attend the games to represent our major. It’s a great way to bond with other students too. Students can look forward to more sporting events and group activities next semester.
Q: What advice can you give to students who wish to pursue leadership roles at USF?
Simran Dhalla: I say, just go for it! There are so many different leadership positions at USF and there’s something for everyone. Leadership is not only a great way to empower yourself but also empower others. Find something that you are passionate, about and it’s really important that you just go for it!
Q: What are your plans after you graduate, and how do you think USF has prepared you to accomplish your career goals?
Simran Dhalla: I have so many things I want to do, I’m just trying to figure out the best way to focus my energy and maximize my positive impact. It sounds really cliché, but I believe that USF has given me so much information about not only what is wrong with the world but also how to fix it. USF has prepared me for the reality of the world and for recognizing that the world may not be in the best shape right now, but there are so many things we can do as individuals to fix it.