Lauren Bensley, '16
"When I think about Albion, I think of my experiences, rather than just the list of classes I'm taking," Lauren says. As a student who has spent a portion of a summer in Europe as a blogger and photographer for a travel company, in addition to working for one of the most prestigious event planners in Traverse City, Lauren has developed quite a list of unique experiences during her time at Albion College.
Despite her involvement in numerous on-campus organizations, including serving as a captain of the women's soccer team, she says that no matter how full her plate is, she wants to take on more. "I feel valued here. The professors and staff members know you as a person and what you're involved in. President Ditzler knows me by name. You don't get that at other schools," she says.
Much of the knowledge she has gained at Albion has been outside of the classroom, which Lauren feels has helped her become an adult and fully prepared her for life after college. "A lot of my classes have involved finding a real problem, whether on campus or in our community, and developing a plan to fix it. The opinions of students are highly valued here."
For Lauren, these hands-on experiences at Albion have helped her grow up faster than the average student, which she sees as an advantage. "My experiences at Albion have helped me figure out who I am as an adult, and I feel completely ready for the world because of it."
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High Score Win for Regen Again (February 14, 2015)
The dressage team traveled to the University of Findlay on February 14 to compete against nine teams. Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn. / Hillsboro) led the team with an impressive score of 74 percent, which not only won him first place in his class but also the individual high score of the whole competition.
Teammates Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, MA / St. Thomas Acquinas) and Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills / International Academy) both took home third place ribbons. First-year student Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) rode to a fourth place finish in her class. The Albion team A finished as reserve champions overall, and team B finished in fifth place.
The Britons’ next competition will be a double-header at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio on February 21 and 22. This will be their final regular season competition.
Regionals Wraps Up Stock Seat Season (February 15, 2015)
There were 10 Albion riders that qualified to compete in five of the six divisions offered at the IHSA stock seat Region 4 Championships. Competition was tough at the show, which was held at the Michigan State University livestock pavilion on February 15, but the Briton riders sat tall and held their heads high throughout the day.
Top finishers included Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow), Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine), and Megan McNeil (Onondaga / Jackson Christian), who all earned fourth place ribbons in their divisions. McNeil also picked up a sixth place in the open reining division. Morgan Carey (Hemlock / Saint Charles Community) and Kristine Mussell (Midland / H.H. Dow) also finished in sixth place.
Nine other colleges had riders competing at Regionals, and coach Denise Webber says that she felt victorious just by having so many Albion riders qualify. “I am so proud of my team in every aspect – from the way they dressed to the way they rode,” says Webber. “They were great sportsmen and I’m so proud of them. Even though they did not make it to Semi-Finals, they are still champions to me.”