Hi! My name is Jamie Rowe and I'm from Honesdale, PA, which is about two hours from campus just outside of Scranton.
As I was looking for a college, Lycoming wasn't necessarily on my initial list. Even though my mom is an alum, I had to seek out my own path. When January of my senior year arrived and I was still undecided as to where I might attend, my mom suggested Lycoming. Well, I applied and made my first visit on Accepted Students Day. I immediately fell in love with the campus and the people. I appreciated that my tour guide was just so honest, fun and sincere. In fact, she was so helpful that it inspired me to apply for a job as tour guide when I got to Lycoming!
So what about history? It's one of Lycoming's larger majors and you must believe me... all of the history profs really take pride in making things come alive, both in and out of the classroom.
One of my favorite experiences was in my sophomore year when I went to Gettysburg on assignment with my Civil War and Reconstruction class. Although it rained all day, we had such a good time as Dr. Larson took us far off the beaten path so we might experience the hardships of war through the eyes of a young rebel soldier. The most intriguing part of our day was trekking through the bramble brush and rocks reenacting General Picket's ill-fated charge as he and his soldiers tried to gain hold of Little Round Top Mountain.
Another amazing experience was spent with Dr. Chandler and 15 of my classmates in Barcelona, Spain, studying medieval history. It was an absolute blast! Travelling through the hamlets and countryside of Spain, practicing my Spanish language skills, taking in the Roman ruins, and viewing the incredibly beautiful, medieval architecture changed my perspective about this global village we all share.
These are just some of the amazing memories I will take from Lycoming and I am grateful for all the opportunities made available to me and my friends.
After graduation? I plan to teach English in a Spanish-speaking country and then return to the United States for graduate school... or I might test the waters as a high school history teacher.
Lycoming was my home for four years and could very well be yours, too. Do yourself a favor and come visit, because once you do, you'll see how amazing this place can be!