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Even a Lifetime Isn’t Enough – Brittany McIntyre

Deciding to go to University of Jamestown was never a question for me. In fact, I never even toured another school. At college fairs in high school, I looked into which schools had graduate programs I would be interested in.

I hadn’t planned on college being a whole experience, rather just an item on my checklist. My expectations and my fears were low, mostly because I was only moving a minute away from my childhood home, and I already thought I knew everything I would ever need to know.

I am so happy to say that I was wrong. My college experience challenged me, changed me, and most importantly opened my mind and my heart. In May, I will graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Needs and a Character in Leadership minor.

The Experiences

Some of my favorite college experiences came from the endless opportunities to travel. Freshman year, I got to travel with the choir to several European countries to sing and explore. Friendships formed and I got to cross a few more countries off of my checklist.

For four years, the choir toured different states around the United States and Canada during Spring Break. I have celebrated my last four birthdays in Bismarck, Canada, Missouri, Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The trip that sticks with me the most is my journey to Kenya in the summer of 2015. This trip is open to all students, and I highly recommend it. For two and a half weeks, we taught in classes in an elementary school. We also toured local farms and some other schools.

We learned to see the world from another perspective and to be open and accepting of another culture. Even now, I have trouble putting into words what that trip meant for me. It brought endless joy, occasional sadness or frustration, and tears for every occasion.

The Day to Day

Of course, not every day of college was going on safari, plane or bus rides, and performing in concerts. Most days were making myself get out of bed, writing a paper almost daily, trying to cram eating into my busy schedule, and deciding if coffee was really a necessity that day.

As glamorous as that lifestyle sounds, I can honestly say I never regretted a day where I got up and I went to class. Because those were the days where I really learned something. It may have not always aligned with the class I was in, but there was a lesson in each day.

I am thankful to my professors, especially those in the Psychology and Character in Leadership departments, for teaching me how to think for myself and to question things. I don’t think I really stood for anything before coming to UJ. But through these classes, I learned what was important to me and where I stood on certain issues.

My Final Hurrah

As I close out my fifth and final year, it is hard to believe what has all happened in that amount of time. Most of the experiences I had would not have even been an option had it not been for University of Jamestown. I am so thankful that I got to close out my final year with the phenomenal cast of On the Town. The new students I met through the musical have the goldest of hearts. UJ is in good hands.

I am thankful to University of Jamestown for the great times and the hard times – for giving me a helping hand when needed, but also for teaching me to stand on my own.

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Posted:December 1, 2017


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