By Kate Ewer
Hello! My name is Kate and I’m a Student Ambassador at Jamestown Community College. With the help of other students, the Student Ambassadors will be posting regularly on this blog about all things JCC. Our goal is to give you a little insight into what life is like here as a student.
A little about me: I am 20 years old and I graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2011. I live on a small hobby farm in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania with my parents and my younger sister. At JCC I am currently majoring in individual studies with a concentration in business.
A question that I am asked a lot as a Student Ambassador is: “Why did you choose JCC?” Most nerds like me plan for college beginning in the 10th grade — my friends at Eisenhower started touring colleges in the spring of their sophomore year!
I was very excited about college, but I was also very scared. I knew I was going to have to do this whole college thing on my own because I am the first person in my immediate family to go to college (do I get a medal for that?).
It was February 2011 and I still hadn’t applied anywhere. I hadn’t even toured at any schools. So I applied to JCC using the online application on their website and anxiously awaited a reply. At first I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of going to JCC, as I didn’t think going to a community college was for me. I thought I could do better since I had an A- average and was really involved in high school.
Once I received my acceptance letter (okay, now I was pretty excited!), I began looking into JCC more. I went to the open house in March and learned about all of the different degree programs from the professors who actually taught the courses, not some college representative who was being paid to man the table. My parents had a lengthy chat with the ladies at the Financial Aid table and learned about filing the FAFSA and all of the scholarships available. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I was pretty excited about being a Jayhawk!
When you begin college, you have to start looking at the big picture and thinking about what you want to do beyond college. What do I want to do with my life? To keep it short, my current major is individual studies, which basically means that I’m taking classes which satisfy SUNY general education requirements, so once I have my associate’s degree my credits will transfer easily to the program I’m interested in at SUNY Cobleskill. This will be the fourth time I’ve changed my major here in three semesters so I’ll keep you updated on that! I hope to transfer to Cobleskill to major in agricultural business, and someday take over my family’s farm.
Now that I’ve been at JCC for a year, I realize that the open house actually showed only a small sampling of everything available here. Every negative stereotype that I’ve heard about JCC has been disproven. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share my experiences with you, and I hope you keep reading my blog posts!