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Emily Cooper - Beyond Boundaries

One Campus Visit Can Give You All the Answers

From the Classroom to the Closing Bell: Blane Heisler Prepares for a Career in Financial Planning

For senior Blane Heisler, financial planning is more than just a college major that requires crunching numbers and learning about the stock market. It’s setting important goals, attempting to predict the future and providing clients with the financial security that allows them to live a worry-free lifestyle.

From OC to Oxford - The Adventure of a Violinist

For Senior ReBekah McDaniel, college held a lot of uncertainty. Naturally shy, Rebekah, from Lansing, knew she would have to work hard to overcome her inner self doubt to shine. With the numerous opportunities available to students and encouragement from faculty and staff, it didn’t take long for ReBekah, pictured below, to immerse herself in extracurricular activities, leaving the shy girl behind in exchange for a new, bold, confidence that ultimately led to an experience ReBekah never would have thought possible for her old self.

Dominique Giroux's Opening Convocation Speech

What does Olivet College mean to me? It means Kirk Hedershott-Kraetzer's essay assignments. Laura Barlond-Maas’ brunches. Margi Heppner’s positive disposition. Jake Schuler’s alarming but kind hello. Mike and Judy Fales' Canadian Thanksgiving dinners. Kim McGowan’s crazy ideas and Karen Lutzke’s ability to be a mom away from home. It’s the way John Moore emanates confidence into my studies. For me, these people have impacted my experience at Olivet College on an incredibly personal level. 

Michael Sherman's Opening Convocation Speech

[0:24] It's a given that we are all of this earth, but often times we fail to realize we do not live the same realities. My purpose for this poem is to give my audience a chance to step outside of themselves and see with the lenses that I've developed through 21 years of life experience. 

Taylor Thorn's Opening Convocation Speech

Picture this: picture a girl who has lived in Olivet for the past 15 years. Now, picture this same girl, as a sophomore in College, STILL trying to learn the street names in her small home town of Olivet. Now place this same directionally challenged girl in a completely different country for four weeks. Are you feeling slightly nervous for this girl?  I was.

Bruce Baker's Opening Convocation Speech

I grew up only a few miles from this college, and for my early years I considered Charlotte my home. But, in eighth-grade, I stepped off of an aged, green bus and onto the property of Camp Barakel. My first week there is little more than a blur today, but emotions of happiness, acceptance, love and friendship are so strong I never doubted why I went back year after year.

Brian Freiberger: The New Face Behind the Echo

“I love journalism for the long nights, early mornings, dull pencils and coffee burps,” said Brian Freiberger, editor of the Echo. Brian is only entering his sophomore year of college this fall, but the hefty load of editor responsibilities isn’t scaring him off. With a growing passion for journalism, this is exactly the opportunity Brian was looking for to feed his hunger for reporting.

It Takes Passion

O is for Olivet and Opportunity

Misconception: Small colleges are often viewed as having few opportunities because of insufficient size.

Fact: There is nothing that prevents Olivet College from providing students with numerous opportunities to get involved in the things they love. Actually, the intimate setting of OC allows participation options to be more accessible and attainable to students. Many of them even come with scholarships!

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