The fulfillment I get out of being a part of these amazing communities where we work to achieve goals and watch them unfold with great success, and have fun — I wouldn't give it up for a million full nights of sleep.

Updated June 13, 2017: Zoe will work as an assistant paralegal at immigration business firm, Fragomen, in Atlanta, Ga.  During Commencement, Zoe received the David R. Crossgrove Prize, awarded to a senior purusing a career in the legal profession, who combines scholastic achievement and campus leadership with a strong code of ethics and vision of attaining fairness in the legal profession. Congratulations, Zoe!


Zoe Russell '17"When I was younger I had really bad asthma. Living in Boston, winters were horrible. There was a point where I couldn't walk from one end of the street to the other because my lungs would just close up on me.

"I remember when my mom first put me on the soccer team in elementary school. I had to learn that asthma is not an excuse to keep you from being healthy. At first it was hard for me, but it got easier. I was getting better and needed my inhaler less often. I actually enjoyed being active, so I ran a lot more. By the time I tried out for SquashBusters in sixth grade, I had not used my inhaler prescription in over two years.

"Squash and racquetball are not the same thing — that's a common misconception. Squash is more strategic. That's what I like about it. I can think about where I want to place the ball or where I need to place my body or where I need to be after my opponent hits the next shot. I have to think about many things at once. I didn't plan on being on the team when I first got here, but I really enjoy it.

"When I found out about Bucknell, I talked to students here and they were positive about it, so I decided to check it out. You know when you go on college tours and think, 'I just feel at home'? That's how I felt about Bucknell. Now that I'm here I realize Bucknell is not perfect, but through acknowledging this, and finding others on campus who want to work towards being better as much as I do, I've become a much stronger person. I'm learning to work for what I think is right and I'm strengthening my personal faith, which is what I want in a college experience. So in many ways Bucknell is a good place for me.

"I'm majoring in English and sociology, and minoring in Italian and Latin. I'm a Posse Scholar. The Posse community here is amazing. I love being a part of it.

"I'm a member of the Black Student Union and the current vice president of the Bucknell Africa Student Association. I also sing in the jazz band and attend on campus Bible studies. Last year, I had the opportunity to go to New Orleans, La. with the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Team. Many say I do a lot on this campus, and it can be stressful. But the fulfillment I get out of being a part of these amazing communities where we work to achieve goals and watch them unfold with great success, and have fun — I wouldn't give it up for a million full nights of sleep."

Zoe is from Boston, Mass.

Posted November 17, 2014

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