Jennie Friedman, Class of 2014
I entered Beacon as a transfer student, and the environment here varied greatly from my previous college experience because I was provided the support I needed to achieve my academic goals. Professors understood my abilities and my needs and assigned challenging yet attainable assignments. My learning specialist was also there as my supporter and cheerleader. I could always admit when I needed help. In my first semester at Beacon, I earned all A’s, which helped my confidence grow and motivated me to continue to succeed. I ended up becoming a teaching assistant for two courses that had previously been very difficult for me- math and science. Immediately after completing my bachelor degree requirements, I was accepted at Webster University for graduate school in the field of counseling. My goal is to become a licensed mental health counselor specializing in treating young people with eating disorders.
Before coming to Beacon College I was struggling in a different college thinking that maybe I was not meant to be in college after all. I couldn’t decide on one major I wanted to follow so I chose three and none of them was a match for me. I was beginning to lose all hope for my future.
My decision to leave home and my comfort zone and move to Beacon College is the best decision I ever made. Through my years at Beacon College I have learned to love this place. Beacon College means more than anything to me. It will always have a place in my heart. I consider Beacon College my second home, a home made up of a small family that cares very much for each other.
What I love about Beacon College is the fact that it gives you a chance to shine and prove to yourself and others that you are capable of achieving more than your best expectations. Beacon College is the place to make your academic dreams come true.
Now that I have graduated I hope to work in film directing, film production, film editing, and photography, especially on themes like our oceans, the land, animals and astronomy. My focus is on getting the experience that leads me to success through meaningful contributions in my chosen field.
I graduated in 2012 and was a human services major. I had transferred credits from Indiana University and Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. I selected Beacon College to take advantage of the College’s more structured environment and excellent academic support programs. Little did I know that I would end up providing to other students the same support I came here to seek. I was a paid Peer Writing Consultant in the Writing Center, as well as the president of the Lambda Epsilon Omega fraternity. In addition, I provided support as a residential assistant, where I gained experience in roommate mediation and negotiation. I attribute my success in these leadership roles to my ability to stay calm under pressure and maintain a sense of humor. I credit my high level of achievement and responsibility to my early upbringing on a farm. I have continued helping other students with learning disabilities by becoming a Learning Specialist here at Beacon College, and I plan to continue working in higher education.
I graduated from Beacon College in 2010 and the best way to learn about this school is to visit it. I took the leap to visit what is now my alma mater on sound parental advice. My academic history with college started out rather rough when visiting disability departments that seemed to have issues accommodating me. So you can imagine my apprehension when Beacon College made me a bold promise that my struggle with school would see an end. I never felt the struggle in high school, though to hear my mom tell it sounds more like a parade of late assignments and notes detailing my attention span. As a person with ADHD, I’m not unfamiliar working with tutors and teachers to reach a common academic landscape. What I didn’t realize before Beacon College was the resistance I’d been getting from people when I wanted them to understand what it means to have attention difficulties. At Beacon, I learned that there are people who understand my disability and that I can advocate for myself to get the accommodations I need. Beacon changes the lives of the students who attend the College and now I am a part of that change as an Admissions Counselor for the College.