Rising Stars: Mel Ferrari

First-generation college student rises to serve, hopes to bring changes to Texas politics

One look at her corner office tells you that Mel Ferrari is a woman driven to do big things. Plaques and awards, a couch and chairs, and stacks of documents hint at the central role she performs from this room. Perched on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center at Texas State University, her view of the campus is almost as expansive as her passion for serving her fellow students.

Ferrari, a senior majoring in public relations, is the president of Associated Student Government. As the top undergraduate leader on campus, she coordinates student-led initiatives, performs executive functions for ASG, and represents the student body on many boards and committees.

But the petite dynamo says she considers herself “a student first” and does not think she has a native aptitude for leadership.

“I don’t believe that leaders are born,” Ferrari says. “Everyone has a leader inside of them. That’s what I try to do every day, to show that. You’ve got to believe in things to do anything in life, and the No. 1 thing you’ve got to believe in is yourself. Everything you do should be for a reason.”

Read the rest of Mel’s story here, at txstateu.edu/rising-stars.

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