Honors student Elizabeth Babin’s life is anything but boring.
The self-proclaimed “night owl” is a Golden Girl, biochemistry major and Delta Delta Delta sorority member. With two-hour practices six days a week and waking up at 6:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (and even earlier on game days), she still made a high GPA last semester. And throughout the chaos, Babin is sure to make her bed every morning, she said, laughing.
Babin, a Baton Rouge native, has danced for 16 years. The 18-year-old graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy after dancing on the field as a Bruinette with the Catholic High School Band for four years.
Babin said she decided to try out for Golden Girls during the October of her senior year. Babin, who was not sure she would make the team, prepared for tryouts amidst choreographing Bruinette dances and studying for AP and honors classes.
“I guess just growing up down here you see that Golden Girls is such a big deal,” Babin said. “I just never thought that I would make it.”
After making the team, Babin had occasional Golden Girls practices throughout the summer, but her schedule really picked up starting with Tiger Band’s band camp two weeks before the fall semester began.
Band camp was from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the same week as LSU sororities’ fall rush. Babin did her best to stay calm, she said.
Her schedule definitely did not slow down when the fall semester started. Golden Girls practiced for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The team also practiced with Tiger Band for two hours during the day on Tuesdays and had a second practice Tuesday nights that sometimes lasted until 10:30 p.m. Sundays were their only off-days.
Babin said she kept up with school regardless of the practices and sorority meetings by staying organized. She said she makes a “to-do” list on her phone every night before she goes to bed.
“If I don’t, I feel so out of sorts,” she said. “I’m just an O.C.D. person.”
Babin said she wants to go to the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine and be a pediatrician or dermatologist. She has always loved math and science, she said.
"My dad went to LSU New Orleans, and I love it down there," Babin said.
Babin is complimentary of the Honors College. She said she has met other honors students through an honors chemistry class during the fall semester. She is taking a second honors chemistry class this spring semester.
Honors College priority scheduling is convenient for scheduling classes around practices, Babin said. She said she enjoys using the big Honors College study rooms in the Laville Halls to study chemistry with her friends.
Despite her busy schedule, Babin said she has loved her first year of college so far.
"It's been a crazy semester, but I wouldn't trade it for anything," Babin said.
Story by Anna Kalmbach