Meet Avery Lewis
Avery Lewis has a special opportunity to leave his footprints at ETSU. Last fall, he became a founding member of the university’s first chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. In addition to being a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar, he is heavily involved in POLO. Avery is spending the summer helping new students enjoy orientation activities held outside the Culp Center for the first time due to major renovations. After graduation, he plans to incorporate both music and finance into his career.
You are a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar minoring in music. What instrument do you play?
Music has always been a passion of mine. I started playing piano in second grade and then transitioned to trombone throughout middle school and high school. I’ve been involved with the trombone choir at ETSU and concert bands. I’m working a music-based thesis for the Honors College. I’m hoping to start a summer camp for senior-level high school students to stay on campus and take a few music courses and participate in ensembles to get a feel for what a music path is like in college.
What’s your major?
I am a finance and investment major. Initially, I started out in accounting, but after taking some investment courses, I decided that was the best career choice for me. One of my main goals is to work with finance in the music industry. I’ve always been fascinated by the music industry and it’s something I want to go into.
How did you become a New Student and Family Programs intern and what are some of your responsibilities?
Fall semester of my junior year I decided to apply for POLO (Preview and Orientation Leader Organization), I was accepted as an orientation and preview leader and did that for a year before applying for the internship position in New Student and Family Programs. I love it. It’s an amazing job.
The move from the Culp Center has been a big item on our to-do list because this is the first time orientations are being held outside the Culp. We’re working to plan and structure it in a way that gives incoming students the best experience possible.
Did your involvement in POLO inspire you to join other student organizations?
I had become really immersed in my studies, so POLO helped me get involved on campus and find a balance. I decided to join Alpha Sigma Phi, which was a provisional chapter until recently. Our petition to charter was approved so now I am one of the founding fathers. We’ve built the fraternity from the ground up over the past two semesters. We started with about 15 people and have grown to 57 members. Now that our charter has been approved, we are a voting member of the Interfraternity Council and officially recognized by ETSU. We plan to have a formal chartering ceremony in September.
It’s surprising the amount of work as the treasurer on the executive board. We’ve had to build budgets, arrange finances. We had nothing to base it off because we have no alumni in the region, so we’ve been on our own. It’s been a lot of work behind the scenes and a lot of long nights.
How do you think you’ll apply the leadership skills you’ve developed?
The last year and a half that I’ve been a member of POLO has really brought me out of my shell and I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned how to interact with others in a professional setting and how to properly represent the university and other organizations I’m part of. It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot of life skills.