Student Profile: Jennifer Jones '15

Jennifer Jones, a junior from Erie, Pa., is majoring in English with a minor in secondary education. She hopes to one day teach high school-level English or math and coach cross country and/or track. Additionally, she would like to have her writing published, run a marathon, and travel.

Jenny feels her English and her secondary education courses have given her practical knowledge that she can use in a future classroom. She has visited art museums as part of her writing courses, has listened to renowned speakers and authors, and has been able to observe in local classrooms. She said that these opportunities have assured her that she has a bright future ahead of her—and she's excited for what's to come after Westminster. It has also filled her with a sense of drive.

Jenny has taken this motivation and has used it to become an active member on campus. She is a member of cross country, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, and Sigma Tau Delta. She is also involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Student Government Association, and the Theta Chi fraternity. She is a leader in the Captivating Women program, is a member of the residence life staff, and serves as a work-study student for the Department of English.

"What I value most from these activities, beyond all the skills they teach us and the ability they have to boost a resume, is their ability to bring us closer to people," Jenny said. "We have a network that we can tap into for the rest our lives, true, but we also learn how to be human. We learn how to listen to what someone is saying, how to value others' opinions, stand by what we believe in, challenge our perspectives, and ultimately make a difference in lives even if it is only one life."