In 2005, Lydia E. Laucella earned her B.A. in Political Science with a Focus in International Affairs with a Minor in French from Georgia State University; she graduated Magna cum Laude with Distinction in her Specified Major. In 2006, she graduated Summa cum Laude with her M.Ed. with Teacher Certification for Middle Childhood, Grades 4-8 from Georgia State University. Her thesis was: Art to Teach What? A Look at Urban Teachers’ Negative Perceptions of Using Hands-on, Art and Process Drama-Based Instruction to Teach Content Area. Currently, she is in her second year of her Ph.D. studies in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning, which she is completing online through the University at Buffalo-SUNY. She plans to focus her dissertation on motivation and metacognition in the transition to college and first-generation college students. Lydia E. Laucella has been working with freshmen in higher education for more than three years; seeing them grow and develop their own passions is why she loves to teach!