Are You Taking the Plunge in College?

Diver about to jump in

For those of you at Jamestown Community College who have read and followed Student Voices, welcome back! For those freshmen out there who have just been sucked into the swing of things this year, hello and welcome to Student Voices. This blog isn’t just for entertainment; it’s also for awareness and tidbits about JCC that you may not know otherwise. Read, indulge, and enjoy!

I have to say that while being a freshman was difficult, being a sophomore is not much easier by any standard. I remember attending my first day of classes here at JCC one year ago and being a nervous wreck. I didn’t know what to wear, who I would meet, or what to expect. Returning back to JCC once more for my first day of classes this year was no different. I still struggled finding the perfect outfit, the wave of freshmen would bring new people, and the classes were supposed to be much more rigorous than the year before. I was a nervous wreck once again. Even so, after seeing some familiar (and not-so familiar) faces, I loosened up and started getting back into the groove of things. Everyone finds their comfort zone in college…eventually.

Most people feel more relaxed after interacting with fellow students and getting to know all of the opportunities JCC has to offer. Did you attend the Welcome Back Picnic on August 26? If so, did you try to involve yourself in any clubs? Clubs are a great way to meet new people and gain knowledge about various interests you may have. The list of clubs at JCC is very diverse to represent our unique students. We have Earth Awareness Club, Paradox (volunteering club), intramural flag football, Student Senate (student government)… and the list goes on. Try at least one club, and if you find that you don’t see anything that fits your interests, create a new one! This is made possible due to our wonderful Campus Life staff located just outside of the Student Union.

What other ways can you immerse yourself in the wonderful adventures JCC has to offer? Attend a volleyball or basketball game, take part in some events happening around campus, run for a position on Student Senate, and (my personal favorite)…study abroad! I’m preparing myself for a journey to London, England next semester to take college courses and to complete an internship for my major. Our study abroad advisor, Dr. Greg Rabb located in the HULT building, has made all of this possible (not to mention JCC’s support for international programs!).

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that Jamestown Community College is no ordinary school that just focuses on books and studying. The faculty and staff here want students to genuinely have a wonderful learning experience too! While some students claim that staying involved isn’t easy, it’s not hard either! We combine educational events and social activities to make college fun. Although homework and your studies comes first, let loose a little and take the plunge in college. Test your social skills, find your own personal interests, and discover yourself along the way~

I’m making the international plunge. What plunge will you take?IMG_0683


About the author

Taylor Kickbush

Aspiring fashion journalist, freelance photographer, and lover of running-my name is Taylor Kickbush. Being a 19-year-old sophomore at Jamestown Community College, I find it hard to believe that my associate’s degree in communication is in sight and adulthood rests just beyond the horizon. At this point in my college career, I have discovered that JCC offers wonderful opportunities to create friendships and network with valuable career professionals from (literally) around the globe! As a prospective internship awaits my attendance in London, England this spring, I plan to trek the UK and represent JCC with all of the workplace etiquette its classes have taught me. Every day I feel one leap closer toward successfully achieving my dreams, and one day I hope you can say the same. In closing, I thank all those who read these words as I write about the everyday obstacles we all hurdle on the route to our becoming who we want to be.