By Brianna Eveler
Pulling my chair over to Layla’s, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. On the outside she’s a regular Spartan, sporting a McNiff Fitness Center hoodie and a casual bag to hold all her school supplies, but with a twist: she’s got two neon green bows in her hair. I’m thinking, “This girl seems cool,” and then we start talking.
For someone who I’m already taking a liking to because she’s so easy to talk to, Layla turns out to be surprisingly tough and driven. She was adopted when she was four years old and when I asked her if she likes her adopted family she answers, “Sometimes.” Not too surprising, I mean, who likes their family all the time? Because of her upbringing (she has an older sister that seems to be the favorite) Layla is an independent go-getter with four jobs (three of which are on campus) that all center around outdoor activities. All this income goes towards paying her own way through school.
In a short time, I’ve only partially figured this girl out. She stows away her pink pepper spray with a grin and lets me know that I can carry mine around too without a concealed weapons course (this chick is familiar with the shooting range too!) and we spend the last few minutes talking about Hurricane Isaac memes.