A Buffalo native and graduate of City Honors High School, Lesthia wanted to stay close to home while pursuing her academic dreams. She got her wish with a full scholarship to UB through the Buffalo Partnership Scholars Program and the Daniel Acker Scholars Program. At UB, she joined the University Honors College and the Research Exploration Academy, where serves as a peer mentor to other students. Her connection with those academic communities led to a spot in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
“UB has changed my life in many ways. I’ve been able to participate in a lot of programs and opportunities that I never dreamed I’d be able to participate in,” Lesthia said. “Once you find your niche, you’re destined to succeed.”
Lesthia is also a member of UB’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society. She was elected secretary for the 2011-12 academic year.
Lesthia and a friend relaxing near Lake Lasalle on UB’s North Campus.
“Ultimately, I think I want to do child psychology. I’m not sure what area specifically – if I want to do clinical or counseling. I’m trying to figure that out now. But I know I want to work with kids.”
Lesthia’s research through McNair focused on a program called STEER (Supporting a Teen’s Effective Entry to the Roadway), which allows teens with ADHD to practice driving on a simulator while receiving behavioral coaching. She presented her research findings to more than 400 students at the annual McNair research conference in Niagara Falls.
“Maybe we can reduce some of the risks that they would have on the road, because the risks they have are higher than a normal teenager due to their condition,” Lesthia said.
Last updated: May 25, 2013 3:32 am EST