Student Profile - Lowell Washington

Lowell Washington: from high school athlete to college student

Lowell Washington is no stranger to transitions and new beginnings.  The Lamar University senior nursing major has experienced a lot throughout his life.

Lowell WashingtonThe Houston native knows what it takes to overcome adversity. Growing up in Richmond, Texas, Washington faced academic challenges in his classroom. With the support of his family, and hard work and dedication he preserved to achieve academic excellence. “I continued to work hard and keep going towards my goals,” Washington said.

“I lived in a pretty well environment growing up,” he said. “I was a military baby, therefore I lived in a lot of states, but I finally settled in Houston when I was in the third grade.” Washington is the youngest of three children.

He turned trials into testimony after experiencing his first Injury as a high school athlete. “Sports was my life and I had dreams to become a professional athlete, but as the dream began to fade, I transitioned to focus on strengthening other aspects in my life; I began to focus on gaining knowledge by educating myself and growing spiritually.  At that, I began to realize the mind is a powerful tool to waste.”

After losing a baseball scholarship, Washington remained determined to pursue a college education. “Lamar University was my backup plan. I really adored what the nursing program had to offer me; in addition the department (now School of Nursing) has very good ratings. Beaumont is a really nice location as well. I am not too far away from home.”

 “My long-term goals are to become a nurse practitioner as well as expanding my I matter business among the world to promote self-worth, love and unity,” Washington said. “My short term goals are to receive my BSN degree, as well as interning with Health agencies in Houston or Beaumont.”

Of his longer term aspirations  “In 10 years I see myself as a doctor working in pediatrics. I plan to one day have my own facility as well which will help the poor.” He also envisions traveling to different parts of America and beyond “spreading love and wisdom to all, letting them know that they do matter.”

“I love that my professors are eager to communicate with their students and are willing to go the extra mile to help them graduate,” he said. He also appreciates “the variety of opportunities that are provided for students to be able to expand their career and social interests.”

 “I really enjoy and look up Dr. Terry Mena, associate vice president and dean of students. He is very down to Earth, and I feel like I can relate to him. As a college student it feels good to have campus leaders who know and understand the hardships that you I have experienced in the past.”

“I believe that greatness comes with patience,” he said, “as well as surrounding myself with those who will make me become a better person and a leader day in and day out.”

“I created a movement called The Chain-Effect,” Washington said. “The Chain-effect promotes unity in diversity among those in the minority community, Including women and LGBTQ.  My goals are to spread self-worth, love and excellence among those in the community. I want to let the world know that regardless of your sex, race, gender and sexual orientation, you are worthy and that you can achieve anything you want to as long as you believe in yourself.”

Washington is an active member and has held leadership positions in the Delta Omicron chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma health honor society, Who’s Who Among Students, a health organization called Cures and Smiles, Minority Health and Medical Student Association, Pi Kappa Alpha international fraternity incorporated, and he is also a Lamar University Ambassador.