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Transfer Student Jill Daugherty '15 Finds Opportunities for Success at LVC
02.26.15 |
For Lebanon Valley College senior class president Jill Daugherty ’15, LVC is all about the chance to be an individual. “I decided to transfer to LVC because I wasn’t happy at a school where I didn't feel like an individual. In a class of 150 students, the professor never once called me by name.”

Daugherty, an early childhood and special education double major, originally enrolled at a larger state university with hopes of paying less for tuition. Within the first few weeks of her freshman year, she realized the large university wasn’t for her, and began to wonder if she was even cut out for college.

“I felt alone, upset, and confused,” she said. “I was nervous that maybe college wasn't for me, and that I was going to need to change my life plan. It made me think I was missing out on other great opportunities.”

Daugherty quickly found those opportunities when she transferred to The Valley for the spring semester of her freshman year. “I missed being involved. In high school, I was so active and always busy. Before transferring to LVC, I was only doing homework and sitting in my room,” she said. “It was easy to get involved at LVC.”

Today, Daugherty is involved in cheerleading, Student Government, Relay For Life, education clubs, and works at the College Store and Center for Career Development, all while maintaining high academic standards. During Inquiry 2015, Daugherty will be inducted to two honor societies: Phi Alpha Epsilon, the College’s honor society, and Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.

“My biggest achievement has been getting accepted into the honor societies. It shows that not only have I worked really hard to maintain a great GPA, but it also shows my involvement in the College—something I pride myself in,” she said.

Ultimately LVC’s welcoming environment solidified Daugherty’s decision to transfer. “Everyone on my floor that semester was so welcoming and inviting,” she said. “By the end of my first week, everyone had introduced themselves to me, and I was already being invited to join the 4:45 p.m. dinner that everyone went to at the dining hall.

“If I had to do it again, I would choose LVC in a heartbeat. Throughout my entire transfer process, the amazing LVC faculty, staff, administrators—and my now lifelong friends—have helped to push me to be a better student, teacher, and person.” 


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