Eric Wiedenfeld is a junior from Huntley, Ill.. He is majoring in biology, with a concentration in pre-med, a track of classes that will enable him to pursue acceptance into medical school once he graduates from Lake Erie College.
Eric chose to attend Lake Erie after visiting the campus multiple times during his senior year in high school, and he enjoyed the personal attention he received every time. "I knew the class sizes were small and that I would be able to talk to professors very easily,” he says. "I did not want to be just another number in a huge lecture hall. This has proven true, and I would not do it differently if I could.”
Since his arrival on the LEC campus, Eric has gotten involved in many different activities around campus – he is a residential assistant at Sessions Hall, works for the Athletic Department and is the treasurer for the Student Government Association (SGA). Out of all of his commitments, though, Student Government is the one that has really left a mark on his experience so far.
"Student Government is a great way to get involved and get involved quickly,” Eric says. "I wanted to get involved with SGA because I wanted to be on the decision-making side of things. As a student senator I was able to vote on new clubs and other such initiatives on campus.” This year as a treasurer for SGA, Eric is in charge of the Bike-A-Thon project, which he believes will also give him the chance to be a leader and put his determination and hard work to the test. "Being in Student Government gives you the confidence and experience that will only benefit you in the post-college world,” he added.
He often enjoys sharing stories of his experience here with anyone who will listen. "I always like to tell my friends and family about Mountain Day,” he says, bringing up one of the most popular campus traditions—a day during the Fall semester every year, when all classes are cancelled and the Campus turns into a land of treasure hunts and surprises around every corner. "I love their reactions when they hear that we get classes cancelled, free ice cream, candied bacon, a steak dinner, and a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Oh yeah, and inflatables to run and jump on all afternoon.”
His favorite thing about LEC, however, is the opportunities all students are presented with. "There are so many chances for you to succeed,” he says. "Every door is wide open for you; you just have to walk through it. All of the faculty and staff literally have their doors open for you to come in and simply chat. If you have a question, they have an answer for you. If you have a problem, they help you solve it. LEC has become my home away from home, my second family, and that’s what I love about LEC.”
Eric is looking forward to attending graduate school and pursing his master’s degree, and eventually working as a physician’s assistant after Lake Erie.