LSU Graduate Student accepts job in Abu Dhabi
Tierra Smith, along with four other Louisiana State University students, accepted the Distinguished Graduate Assistantship at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Smith is a graduate student at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.
Smith will work in marketing and communications for Student Life at the Petroleum Institute, helping to enhance the Institute’s website and social media presence and create brochures and other medias for students, parents and community.
Other LSU students include Castel Sweets of Memphis, Tenn., Bianca Teats of Winnsboro, La., Naima Brown of Houston and Saad Ansari of Pakistan. Teats and Brown are returning for their second year abroad. These students will work with residential life, first year experience, student activities and student outreach and recruitment.
Smith plans to use her time in Abu Dhabi to explore research topics that specifically impact the country. She has also started a blog called #inHERwords to document her experiences.
“This opportunity to live, work and study in another country for nine months will expand my cultural awareness and knowledge,” said Smith, on her blog. “I am ready to try new food and learn the language, customs and traditions.”
The two-year grant provides a bridge between the Petroleum Institute and Louisiana State University. The goal is provide human resources assistance in student life and support in the design and implementation of student affairs programs. There will also be opportunities for publication and presentation.
The Petroleum Institute’s goal is to become “a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research.”
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and four major international oil companies that include BP, Japan Oil Development Company, Shell and Total are major sponsors of the institution.
“Before anyone starts to think this: I am not special,” said Smith. “If something sparks my interest, I jump at the chance to learn more.”
Smith was born in Milwaukee, but her family moved to Houston when she was a teenager. She graduated from Hastings High School in 2011, played on Girl’s Basketball Team and participated on the Bear Tracks newspaper and yearbook.
Smith graduated from Grambling State University in May 2015. She was the editor-in-chief of The Gramblinite, the student-run newspaper. She was also awarded the 2015 Student Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.