Offering support and encouragement to fellow students is something that Birmingham, Ala., native Kadeidra Bowie goes out of her way to do. The accounting major at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) first got involved with mentoring through the Black Student Association (BSA) on campus during her freshman year at UAH. The BSA is a student-run organization that assists new students with growth and development through a series of programs and discussions that are culturally, socially, and academically focused. Bowie became aware of the BSA when she was invited to accompany several members on a trip to St. Louis, a city she had always wanted to visit. That soon led to more interactions with the group, which helped foster her own successful growth and development, as both a student and an all-around leader. &quot;Being a part of the BSA has enabled me to contribute better to my school and has led to my involvement in other organizations,&quot; she says. Bowie eventually became vice president when she was a sophomore, then transitioned into the presidency her junior year.