A life without Folli

In addition to being a Student Ambassador and member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Folli is a four-event athlete. Courtesy of Courtney Smithers

In addition to being a Student Ambassador and member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Folli is a four-event athlete. Courtesy of Courtney Smithers

Sports, volunteering, college classes, fraternities and a part time job yet he still finds time to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

Sophomore student-athlete Lewis Folli has involved himself in numerous activities around campus to further his network connection throughout his four years here at CNU. Folli was born in a small country named Togo, located at the edge of Africa. His father moved his family to America when he was nine years old because he no longer felt safe raising a family in Togo.

His family was forced to leave in the middle of the night without telling others where they were going due to the dangers of staying in the country. The nation’s government started to disagree with the military, which could have created an unsafe, hostile environment that may have led to severe issues for the Folli family if they had stayed.

His senior year of high school, Folli decided to commit to CNU’s indoor/outdoor track and field team. So far, he has been involved in multiple events to help the squad find success against their opponents.

While the average track athlete runs about three events, Folli runs the 60-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. The team practices for a couple hours each day and then dedicates time to volunteer at a local high school.

“Twice a week the team goes to Denbigh High School and mentors and coachs track students for the Get On Track program, where we teach the teens how to become better leaders,” said Folli.

Not only is he an athlete, but he just recently joined another organization on campus. In the fall of 2015 he was inducted into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Although in his short time as a member of the organization, he has already been named to two leadership positions. First he was named the Director of Educational Activities and following that, he was named the Historian of the Upsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“Joining Alpha Phi Alpha was the best decision of my life,” Folli said. “We spontaneously volunteer at soup kitchens weekly, as well as mentoring middle school kids.”

While juggling athletics and a fraternity, Folli has decided he still has enough time to take on a part time job as a Student Ambassador for CNU. Having held the position since the fall of 2015, Folli claims that the job opportunity has helped him become a better public speaker.

The position of Student Ambassador is a highly coveted one, as there are only around 60  positions on a campus of 5000 students. As part of the job, Folli is responsible for guiding tours around campus when he isn’t juggling school, practice or chapter for his fraternity.

He claims it doesn’t feel like a job because he gets to brag about his home while also getting paid.
While Folli seems to have no extra time between a collegiate sport, a fraternity and a part time job he is still able to maintain above a 3.0 GPA. He hopes to double major in Accounting and Management while minoring in French.