It’s not every day you come across a college freshman as smart, poised, and well-spoken as Lina Sabbah. The 18-year-old at the University of Kansas is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Finance with plans on becoming a marketing manager and starting her own charities (yes, multiple) for worldwide education.
The Wichita, Kansas native (s/o to Freddy’s Frozen Custard!) is breaking lazy millennial stereotypes and hopes to travel independently over the next few years. She also hopes to be settled in a job in a major city on the East or West Coast “hopefully not drowning in debt from student loans.” Amen!
Read on below to find out more about Lina – like why her Chi-O sisters are her BFF’s and why her parents are the best people she knows. Oh, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists a bit better.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for Spring Break, where would you go?
I would love to go back to Colorado and hopefully that’s where I’ll end up going this year. It’s my favorite place and I’ve gone there every year for the past few years. Colorado is just gorgeous, and it’s so nice to get away from all the chaos back home and just relax.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
This is super cliché, but I look up to my parents the most. The amount of work and love they put into our family is insane. My parents do so much for me and I don’t think I could ever express enough how much I appreciate and love them. I hope to be able to be as hard-working and passionate as they are. They’re the best people I know.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
The items on my bucket list range widely from silly and small things to things that are nearly impossible and downright crazy. However, an item on my bucket list that I really want to cross off and that is pretty reasonable is to just take a few months to a year on my own and to travel and see a lot of the things I want to see. I think it would be an amazing experience. I love traveling and doing it independently would help me grow in so many ways.
Which organization on campus are you most passionate about and why?
Super cheesy, but I am so passionate about Chi Omega. A year ago, and even a few months ago, I didn’t think I would ever join a house. Being a part of this house has given me so many sisters and best friends and I don’t know if I could have made it through the year without them. It’s so comforting to know that no matter what I’m going through, I have a family here waiting for me with open arms. The women in my chapter are all so passionate and talented and I’m honored to have them as sisters. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Cliché, but where do you see yourself in five years? Ready, set, go!
In five years, I will be out of college and hopefully working for a marketing firm doing a job that I love. I want to end up in a big city on either the East or West coast, hopefully not drowning in debt from student loans.