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Jennafer Young

My hometown when I was a student was

Dundas, MN

I graduated in

2013

I studied

Integrative Physiology & Health Science and Psychology and also minored in Spanish.

I currently live in

La Crosse, WI

I am now

I recently began in my third semester of graduate school. I am working toward a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Since graduating from Alma

After taking one month to catch my breath after graduating from Alma, I started my graduate classes at the University of WI – La Crosse. I currently attend school full-time and work two part-time jobs as a caregiver for adults with various developmental disabilities. I love my jobs!  I have begun to make excellent connections in my new city, and I enjoy the beautiful location on the Mississippi River. Any bits of spare time I can find are spent outdoors in the lovely bluffs, parks, and river walks.

My Alma education

Alma was a leap of faith for me. I had never intended to attend college out of state, but Alma was the right place. With its tight-knit community, strong academics, and a growing spiritual life on campus, I knew I would be able to thrive in this atmosphere. One of the highlights of my Alma education was the IPHS program. The professors were truly helpful, accessible, and personally invested in my education and my life. However, I greatly appreciated being able to study a variety of disciplines – including my Spanish minor!

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The Chapel was by far my favorite spot on campus. Whether I was gathering with other students for Sunday night worship services, or simply playing piano in the empty, quiet sanctuary, I knew it would be peaceful and refreshing. My other favorite campus spots included the marching band practice field, the human performance lab, and the study rooms in Wright Hall.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Luetkemeier was one of my favorite professors because he was so passionate about physiology – especially the kidneys! I met Dr.L on my campus visit, and he was highly influential in convincing me to attend Alma College and to select a major in IPHS. I never understood how someone could be so excited to lecture about the kidneys and urine at 8:30am, but his enthusiasm was contagious! Mr. Batchelder was another one of my favorite professors because he was very understanding and encouraging. He also filled each of his psychology classes with stories from his clinical practice. This made our topics applicable and exciting. Last but not least, Dr. Jensen was one of my all-time favorite professors. Though I did not look forward to taking physics my senior year at Alma, his skill amazed me. Dr. Jensen has a knack for capturing students’ interest, teaching complicated topics in a straightforward manner, and making students laugh. He also was the most accessible professor I have ever met. His office hours were always filled with students whom he gladly guided until we mastered the physics concepts. I am so grateful that he transformed a class I was dreading into a class that I somewhat enjoyed.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

At the end of my junior year, I had the privilege of co-leading the Alma College Christian Leadership seminar (ACCL). I had attended this seminar as a freshman and had developed lifelong friendships while learning valuable leadership skills and growing in my faith. I was so blessed to be able to give back to the campus and to my peers by co-directing this seminar two years later. From discussions with Dr. Abernathy to service projects to team-building games, it was a powerful, exciting, and exhausting week.