Mass communication junior, Kendra Davis, does not consider herself an overachiever.
She graduated from Terrebonne High School with a 3.8 GPA. She was a member of Student Council, the National BETA Club, the National Honor Society (NHS), and the Foreign Language Club. Davis was also a cheerleader, played volleyball, basketball, and ran track.
She was Student Council class president all four years of high school, vice president of NHS, president of the Foreign Language Club, basketball team captain and – let’s not forget — Homecoming Queen.
Her love for involvement did not end when she left the halls of Terrebonne High. In her freshman year at LSU, Davis joined as many clubs and organizations on campus as possible
“I probably got too involved freshman year,” Davis said. She found her over-involvement funny. “I had great experiences in high school by being a student leader, so I wanted to enhance my leadership skills.”
At LSU, Davis joined Student Government, Dance Marathon, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society, the Black History Month Committee, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Volunteer LSU and SPRINGFEST Minority Recruitment. She has also coordinated the Mr. and Miss Imani Pageant for the last two years. The pageant is the 2nd largest pageant on campus, next to Miss LSU. Most importantly, Davis recently ran for student body president under the RESTART campaign.
Kendra Davis does not consider herself an overachiever. This humbleness is what her best friend, Amari Wilson loves the most about her.
“She’s accomplished so much for her age and yet she can hang with the best or worst of them,” Wilson said. “She’s real and I love it.”
Wilson and Davis met their freshmen year of college. Wilson explained that they instantly hit it off.
“Me and her lived on the same hall of our residential college” Wilson said. “She was always friendly and welcoming.”
Wilson was one of Davis’s biggest supporters during her campaign for student body president. She also worked as one of the public relations officers for the campaign. Wilson was the Twitter and Instagram facilitator.
Although the race for the presidency ended earlier in March, Davis still speaks passionately about the RESTART campaign.
“RESTART was more than a regular SG campaign,” Davis said. “RESTART was a movement of concerned students. I realized that campus was disjointed.”
Davis did not win student body president. If she would have won, she would have been the first African-American female to do so. However, Davis does not consider the loss a total one and neither does Wilson. Both students agreed that the campaign made a positive influence on campus.
“We gave people a voice and a reason to care,” Davis said. “We sparked a new flame on this campus, and that’s something that I could not be more proud of.”
Much like Davis, Wilson agreed that students were given a voice. More important to her, Davis’s campaign gave a voice to minority students.
“I definitely believe all the work she did with this campaign made an impact on this campus,” Wilson said. “Seeing someone just like you that’s involved with the same stuff as you, enjoys the same stuff as you, someone that’s so relatable, seeing her become such a big name on this campus is important.”
According to Davis, the loss also had a positive impact on her. She described the experience as phenomenal.
“I think I’ve become a better leader after facing a lot of adversity,” Davis said. “I’ve also grown into a stronger, more independent young woman.”
If anything, Davis’s motivation to make a name out of herself has increased tenfold since the loss. Her positivity about her future is just as unwavering as ever.
“This election won’t determine my fate; I’m in control of that,” Davis said. “This was only a stepping stone and I know that God has something greater for me in store.”
Yet, Davis does not consider herself an overachiever. But why would a woman that has achieved so much in such a short period of time not consider herself an overachiever?
“I don’t like to refer to myself as that, because that word has developed a negative connotation over time,” Davis explained. “In everything that I do, I always make sure that it is benefiting my school, community, or family in some capacity. I just strive for the best and continue to be a positive influence in people’s lives.
What exactly does the self-proclaimed “non-overachiever” want to do once she graduates LSU? Receive her law degree from either Howard Law or UT Austin, and join the FBI – of course.