Lake Erie College is the home of students from over 30 different states and countries. However, some of our students come from very close by. In fact, some of them come from right down the street.
Meet Emily Abbott, a junior Special Education and Early Childhood Education major at LEC, and a Painesville, Ohio native. Emily first came to campus as a PSEO student while she was still in high school. "I did Post Secondary at Lake Erie while I was a junior and senior in high school,” she says. "My brother was also a student [here] at the time. I fell in love with the small class sizes and individual attention I received from my professors.”
She was very impressed by Lake Erie’s Education department as well, and decided to pursue her double major in early childhood education and intervention specialist. Her classes and student teaching opportunities keep her very busy, but she still chooses to get involved in other areas of campus life, and is a member of the International Students Club and Student Government, while also working as an Orientation leader and a Student Ambassador.
"As an ambassador, I am able to host events and greet visitors to the College,” she says. "This has been my favorite experience so far at Lake Erie. Ambassadors are the face of the College, and we represent the school well. Through this title, I have had the opportunity to meet many alumni [who] can be helpful to me in my future.”
No doubt, Emily likes to talk about many things about LEC when she is walking around campus with prospective students and guest visitors, but her favorite stories are the ones relating to some of the greatest LEC days. "I like to tell my family and friends about the traditions we have at Lake Erie College, such as Mountain Day, Founders Day, class receptions, Field Day, and many more.” As many other students do, she also enjoys the way in which students on campus become a part of traditions that have lasted decades, and, in some cases, even longer.
Her favorite thing about LEC, however, is the community. "Everyone here is so friendly and willing to help with anything they can,” she says. She has herself become a part of the tradition of welcoming new students to campus, and helping them move in those heavy boxes of books and personal belongings, by participating in the annual summer orientation events as an orientation leader.
"I really love this job because I get to see all the incoming freshmen and give them advice on what to expect when they got to college. It has been fun throughout this year seeing the new students adjust to college life and find their circle of friends, and I am always here when they need advice!”