"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Aterahme C. Lawrence. (uh-tear-uh-me) much easier when you hear it!
is a 23 year old Actress, Writer and Philanthropist and sister of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority.
Aterahme recently graduated with her Fine Arts degree in Acting from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Some of her greatest achievements include:
being the Recipient of the Mac Nelson Scholarship Award for her interests in drama and poetry
a Dean's List student for multiple semesters,
High School Varsity Athlete: Volleyball (captain), Basketball (captain) and Cheerleading; even traveling abroad to Australia for a national volleyball competition in the Summer of 2014.
While in college she became a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, holding many positions as Panhellenic Council President and VP, Risk Management, Sisterhood, Social and Philanthropy Chairs.
As well as the Fredonia Women’s Club Volleyball Team President, Public Relations Chair for the Fredonia Yoga Club.
Her academic training amongst other subjects she focussed on Acting, Stage Combat (sword, dagger and unarmed), Shakespeare and received a minor in Creative Writing.
Aterahme has a love for travel and learning about people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She hopes in the future to do more of it to further enlighten herself, help others and ultimately actively participate in becoming a better, more cultured and compassionate person.
She considers herself to be a female "Troy Bolton", passionate about playing sports and participating in drama and music clubs, this continued into college. She also has a love for words and enjoys writing, especially spoken poetry.
Throughout her five year college career she practiced giving back, sustainable living, and community service regularly. Her interests became more serious after taking classes in Global Environmental Issues and Writing for Social Change, where she and other passionate students worked with the local community to help fix issues that affected her college town and local non-profits. She had the pleasure of working at the college library throughout her years there, always a friendly and helpful face, being greeted by peers.
She regularly participated in community service events like Relay for Life and community clean ups. Planned many events as her sororities’ sisterhood, social and philanthropy chair including fundraising money for their many philanthropies: The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, The Lupus Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
She also annually participated in philanthropic beauty pageants like Miss Delta Chi to raise funds and awareness for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.
As Panhellenic Council President and Vice President, she oversaw two recruitment processes, giving over 150 women a home in Greek Life at Fredonia. She worked hard to rid our campus of Greek Life stereotypes, by regularly planning events on campus, keeping in touch with the Dean of Students and associated faculty. Collaborating with Fredonia STEPS, a student group who educate students, faculty and the Fredonia community about Safe Sex, Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships, Homophobia and Transphobia, Safe Partying/Alcohol Awareness, etc. She worked regularly to bridge the gap between her passions and the campus community.
In the future she hopes to pursue her creative career in acting and writing all while empowering many young girls and women to truly be the best version of themselves everyday. She'd like to shed light on the issue of poverty in every day Americans' lives, combat homelessness and lend a helping hand for those who need a hand up as she has lived this existence for many years. Coming from a low-income household she values the importance of equal opportunity education and support for children and families in these situations.
She hopes to leave a sustainable footprint on the world's shores and fight the climate crisis. A small town girl with big dreams to help others and raise awareness for her passions.