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Johanna Schulte, '15

Johanna Schulte, '15

Johanna exemplifies the type of student that has their hands in a little bit of everything. "Albion College focuses on the student as an individual, and gives you a lot of opportunities for involvement on campus," she says. Like a lot of other students, Johanna came to Albion because of the small class sizes and the opportunities she would be given to develop strong relationships with professors and faculty.

As President of Student Senate, a member of the Ford Institute, and part of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, Pre-Law Chapter (just to name a few), Johanna has taken on several leadership roles that have been at the forefront of her college experience. "Albion has prepared me for life after college by offering me opportunities to take leadership positions that will foster specific skills. For me, it was public and motivational speaking," she says.

Johanna demonstrated her potential by speaking at the maquette unveiling for the Ford Institute, which included an event on campus, as well as an event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. "I focused my speech on President Ford's connection to Albion College, and I also had the opportunity to introduce President Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales," which is an honor that she doesn't feel she would have gotten elsewhere. "Albion has made me a better public speaker, which is a skill that is invaluable."

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Jordan Herron, '16

Jordan Herron, ’16

As soon as Jordan started walking, his dad gave him a football, a basketball, and a baseball. His preference for basketball was clear as he spent hours playing in the yard with his Little Tikes basketball hoop. "I told my dad that my dream was to play ball, and he told me that it’s not about playing ball, but it's about getting a degree," Jordan says.

As the first of seven children to attend college, Jordan is thriving at Albion as a student-athlete on the men's basketball team. He feels that everyone on campus, from his teammates to his professors, has pushed him to become his best. "Some of my professors have even given me their home phone number in case I ever need anything. I don't think I would get that level of involvement at a bigger school," he says.

Jordan was nervous about coming to Albion because he didn't know if he could keep up with the academic rigor of the students here, but he didn't let that stop him. "I met (former NBA player) Shane Battier at a gas station when I was little and he told me that it's not about how high you can jump, but it's about how high your GPA is," he says. "Because of my experience here, I now realize that I'm just as capable as anyone else. I just have to work a bit harder to achieve my goal of graduating with a high GPA."

Jordan hopes that his story will inspire his nieces and nephews to continue their education when they're older. "Albion is definitely worth the investment and you won't be sorry about coming here," he says. "The experiences, the relationships, and the education are one of the best in the country. I feel prepared for my future, and I’m a better person because of Albion."

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Kelly Wright, '17

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When Kelly Wright, ’17 decided to major in athletic training she didn’t know that she would be learning about rehab while going through it herself. With three games left in the soccer season, Kelly injured her ACL for the third time, which she considers a blessing in disguise.

“Every time I’ve gone through this I’ve come out a stronger person. I understand, from first-hand experience, what athletes go through when they have an injury like this, which will make me a better trainer,” she says.

Kelly was encouraged by her high school soccer coach to visit Albion. She initially came here with the intent of transferring after a year, but she fell in love with it so much that she knew she couldn’t go anywhere else. “It’s such a family setting here. I didn’t know what I wanted to go into, but it was ok because the curriculum really helped me figure it out. The professors here know you well enough to help you determine if the path that you’re on is the right one for you,” she says.

In addition to playing on the women’s soccer team, Kelly has her hands in a lot of things on campus. She’s a member of the Student Volunteer Bureau, Phi Epsilon Kappa, and the Athletic Training Club. “We might be in a small town, but there are so many things going on around campus that I never have time to be bored,” she says. “There’s a community feel at Albion, and everyone goes out of their way to help you succeed.”

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