Thank You Letters

Elizabeth Wortman

Program of Emphasis: Social Studies Secondary Education

Hometown: Bellefonte, PA

High School: Bellefonte Sr. High School

Why I chose to attend Juniata: I chose Juniata for a couple of reasons. The first is because of the science program. I originally was a Biology major freshman year, but I quickly discovered by October during the fall of my freshman year that the path I was taking was not for me. I quickly switched my POE to Social Studies Secondary Education and began down that route in the spring. I also chose Juniata to play basketball. The building success of our program, as well as our amazing facilities really swayed me towards Juniata. The small roster size that Coach Young keeps and the family-like environment really drew me to her program and in the end, the school.

Clubs and Organizations: Eagle Ambassador

Varsity Sports: Women's Basketball; Point Guard or Shooting Guard. I am out for this year because of an ACL injury I sustained over the summer.

Travels Abroad: The Gambia, Summer 2013 This course counted as a CA requirement for Juniata. We travelled throughout the country and learned a lot about the culture and political aspects of The Gambia. We even met the President. We did so much on this trip that it is so difficult to explain just a couple highlights because the things that you thought you hated on the trip, when you arrived back in the United States, you realized how big of a lesson that one moment taught you.

Most Interesting Class: Civil War and Reconstruction. James Tuten. I am essentially a history nerd and I have never learned about the Civil War in depth. We took a trip to Gettysburg to see the actual battlefield when we were learning about this part of the war. As a whole, the class organization, the variation of textbooks, and class lectures have made this class interesting and engaging.

Favorite Faculty Member: Dr. Park. She fought for me to get into a study abroad program in England for the Spring of 2014 after I applied very last minute. She is a member of the Committee for International Education and through her influence and help I am now going to be attending York St. John University in England this coming spring.

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