Branna Wyant, '12
Hometown: Cassopolis, Michigan
Majors: Communication Studies (Emphasis- Mass Media), Psychology Minor
Campus Activities: Alpha Xi Delta, Student Alumni Association, Mentoring at Harrington Elementary School
Why did you choose Albion?
Coming from a small high school I knew I wanted a college where I felt comfortable. More specifically, I didn't want to be overwhelmed with not being able to find my classes and being just a number in a classroom. My grandma, Darlene Lowe, went to Albion and always had wonderful things to say about it. Although she was only there for a short time, she still can remember the Io Triumphe! by heart, while I still can't pronounce the words. She encouraged my sister, Baily Wyant, to attend and graduate from Albion College in '09. With the help from both my grandma and my sister, I found it easy to see how perfect Albion was for me.
What is your best Albion memory or experience?
Throughout the four years at Albion I have made so many unforgettable memories. From joining a sorority my first year to going to my first Red Wings game my senior year, Albion has had a huge impact on my life. However, my personal favorite memory is my football homecoming my freshman year. I was a freshman and my sister was a senior, it was a bittersweet feeling for the both of us. It was a start of a new chapter for me while my sister was ending hers. We had family and friends come from all over the state to tailgate before the game. We had a great time eating, meeting new people, and reminiscing on all the good Albion times that I would soon get to experience for myself.
What are your future plans?
Up until graduation, I am trying to make the most of my senior year with all my friends. Graduation will be a bittersweet feeling. I do not want to leave Albion, but at the same time I am excited to see what the future will bring. After graduation I will take some time off to travel and apply to jobs. I may also apply for graduate school.
How have financial aid and scholarships helped you?
Albion College is very generous with their scholarships. Without the Presidential Scholarship, a scholarship I have been fortunate enough to receive every year, I may have never come to Albion. Also, the Albion Alumni Award has helped out greatly over the years.
Describe your experience in being an intern in the Office of Alumni Engagement
My experience at the Alumni Engagement office has been better than I could have imagined. Right from the beginning the whole office was welcoming and made me feel at home. I have been able to do a variety of things in the office, and have really felt like I'm a part of the team, not just an intern. My favorite part of the job is being able to connect with alumni and hearing about life at Albion College before I got here.
How would you finish this sentence: "Because you give to Albion, I'm able to ...
... I am able to witness and appreciate all the positive changes that have been happening to Albion College. Specifically, the Albion College Fund is important because the money goes toward what is needed the most. Because of donors, alumni, and parents, this fund helps maintain the prestigious image of the College and allows us to compete with other colleges.