Faculty Spotlight: Sydney Lisy

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Sydney Lisy

Tell us about the Academic Success Program.

Even the most elite athletes and performers have coaches. That's how I see the Academic Success Program (ASP), a coach to help each student be their best. The ASP services start with 1L orientation and extend through passage of the bar exam, which means the ASP is here to provide specialized coaching every step of the way through professional licensure. Two of the best aspects of the ASP are individualized assistance and essay review. With individualized assistance, the services are tailored to meet a student's particular objective, and essay review entails a detailed critique of writing to improve performance on final exams and the bar exam. While students are in charge of their learning and achievement goals, the ASP is here to help them meet those goals.  

What do you enjoy in your off-hours?

I am left-handed, and I attribute to that trait my affinity towards creativity and music. I spend my free time creating, which includes all types of crafting. I also enjoy music, both listening to it and playing it. With my extensive collection of 8-tracks and vinyl, I get to listen to the music in its earlier formats. When I said I enjoy playing music, I didn't mean through a speaker; I play the harp which I have been doing for over twenty years. I enjoy the challenge of the instrument and appreciate the unique experiences that come with being a harpist. I am grateful we have a harp professor at UNLV, which allows me to continue developing my musical skills and abilities. 

Do you have a motto? If so, what is it?

Be 1% better every day. Each day I try to be better today than I was yesterday. Being "better" isn't the same for everyone. To me, it could be learning something new (sometimes by making mistakes), going out of my comfort zone, or making a change to improve my physical, emotional, and mental health. It's the power of cumulative effects. These small things don't seem like much at the time, but add them up over a week, a month, a year, and it's significant. I don't wait for New Year's to resolve to be better, I make that resolution every day. P.S. Never pay full price.

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