By John Ostapkovich

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Colleges routinely get big names or celebrities to make graduation speeches, but the task of welcoming newbies may be in-sourced. For a young woman at La Salle this is her spotlight moment.

Rising senior Catalina Ta was a freshman orientation leader this summer, speaking to a dozen or more folks at a time. Today, she gets to talk to all the freshmen and all their families, a couple of thousand people assembled in Gola Arena for the Welcoming Convocation. Gulp.

She’ll focus on extracurriculars.

“It’s one thing to get into college and get an education but, for me, getting involved and participating in student activities and student life is what makes your college experience much better,” Ta said. “I feel like you really get your money’s worth if you become involved.”

It’s because Ta became involved in her sophomore year as a class senator and rose to be President of the Student Government Association that she gets to make the speech today. What’s the expression? Be careful what you wish for?

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