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Loren Carmichael poses for photo in Washington D.C.

Loren Carmichael

“I loved the feeling of closeness and home I felt when I walked around on my first tour. At Austin Peay I don’t feel like a number, I feel like I am a part of something meaningful.”
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Arlington, Tennessee
Involvement: Governor’s Programming Council (public relations chair), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Honors Program, President’s Emerging Leaders Program, Pre-Professional Health Society. Research in the Biology Department and helps with research in the Psychology Department. Helps at every AP Day from 2016-current. Salvation Army. Clothing Drive with Alpha Kappa Alpha in May 2018.

Folks don’t hurry around Washington, D.C., wearing high heels, especially red-soled Louboutin heels. 

Loren Carmichael poses for photo in MUC Plaza
As a Psychology major in multiple student organizations, APSU helped Loren lead.

That’s an observation Austin Peay State University psychology major Loren Carmichael made in a blog about her Summer 2018 Peace Corps internship in the U.S. capital.The Memphis native spent the summer working with the Peace Corps’ Counseling and Outreach Unit, which provides phone consultation to volunteers struggling with emotional health. And that’s where she got to write that blog for The Washington Center.

“Olivia Pope (a character in the show “Scandal”) is famous for her beautiful, red-soled Louboutin heels, but you will not see those walking around downtown,” Loren writes. “Everybody wears tennis shoes or flats.”


Austin Peay has helped open up Loren to the world of possibilities.

“Before I came to Austin Peay, I was the type of person who never volunteered to do anything and never really took part in any leadership positions,” she said. “Since being here, I have come out of my comfort zone, and I have loved every single minute of it.

“I love being able to learn about how to be a leader, as well as getting to exercise some of those skills outside of the classroom.”