Graduate Profile: Jaclyn Freeman
What do you think it means to be an American? Alma College alumna Jaclyn Freeman has been contemplating the question for years.
“In high school, one of my English teachers assigned my class an essay on what it meant to be an American,” she says. “Ever since then, I have been interested in the question.”
As a result, Freeman is now digging deep into America’s roots by teaching Native American students in South Dakota.
“I learned about Red Cloud Schools through a Spring Term trip with Laura von Wallmenich,” she says. “The Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation are so warm and welcoming. There is something very special about this place that cannot be put into words.”
The tight-knit environment of South Dakota is not unfamiliar to Freeman, who graduated in 2008. She also fondly recalls the community comforts of Alma.
“I was very impressed with the individual attention Alma gave me,” she says. “Everyone there was so friendly, and the professors really seemed to care. I can’t imagine a more supportive environment.”