Cheerio, JCC; Hello, London!

There’s a light at the end of this dark and dismal tunnel of finals week here at Jamestown Community College, and that’s the break that follows it! Sure-most of us stay up for hours on end, study our little hearts out, and write papers galore…but that all becomes a thing of the past when we sit down to enjoy twenty four days of pure bliss.That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Let’s repeat it again together:

–Twenty four days of pure bliss–

That sounds great to any college student across the nation around this time of year. I guess that can be a little tidbit of inspiration to get you through your final days of this semester. I know that thought is driving me to finish strong in my last few days here at JCC.

Oh, that’s right. Not many of you may know! Well, after this last semester at JCC I’m traveling to London to finish up my associate’s degree in communication and complete an internship. I’ll still technically be a JCC student, but I’ll be attending a different college and traveling to different countries in my free time. It’s something a lot of college students dream of, and I feel so blessed to be able to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity. It’s been a long time coming, this internship and study abroad stuff, but I have a feeling that the experiences I gain will all be worth the stress. Dr. Greg Rabb, our study abroad coordinator, was a great deal of help in applying for London and I can’t thank him enough.


London, England; Copyright The Telegraph 

It’s unfortunate that I have to leave JCC behind along with all of my wonderful friends, professors, faculty members, and various other individuals I’ve met on my journey through earning my associate’s degree. In fact, I’m tearing up just writing this! Jamestown Community College has really provided me with the skills necessary to transfer to a four year college and become a successful individual in my future. I’ve made so many great memories while being in Student Senate, Newspaper Club, (of course) a Student Voices blogger, and attending lots of activities on campus.

While I might be waving “cheerio!” to JCC, it won’t be goodbye forever. Anyone who is interested in my travels can still read all of my adventures on this blog, and I’ll be back in May to pick up my diploma for graduation. So, if you have any questions about my travels, feel free to stop me on campus in May and ask anything you wish that comes to mind!

It’s been wonderful, JCC. I really appreciate all that you have done for me in furthering my knowledge, shaping my professionalism, and expanding my mind.

Cheerio —

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.