Kassidy Peacock, Class of 2016, International Business with a German Concentration and Minors in Finance and Psychology
It is always interesting to hear the stories of students who come to Lake Erie from far away—what brought them to Painesville, what was the thing they loved about LEC that made them choose our campus over all the other ones nationwide. For Kassidy Peacock, it was the combination of the intimate learning environment and the opportunity to get involved in many different ways in the campus life.
Originally from Helotes, Texas, a small town of about 7,000 residents located right outside San Antonio, Kassidy came to Lake Erie College last year to join the class of 2016. She is majoring in international business with a German concentration, and has also declared two minors—finance and psychology. And while the academic opportunities were one of the major reasons for her to come to LEC, they were not the thing that originally the campus grabbed her attention.
"I chose Lake Erie because of the small size of the campus, and I immediately fell in love with the beauty of the campus and the way you automatically feel at home,” she said. After an almost full year on campus, she has gotten very comfortable with the small size, and thrives in everything the College has to offer. "My favorite thing about LEC [is] the family atmosphere, because everyone watches out for one another, and you will always have someone to go to if you need help.”
Outside of the classroom, Kassidy has kept very busy during her first year. She is involved with the Campus Activities Board and is a member of the LEC Ambassadors and the Student Government Association as a senator for the class of 2016. She is also on the International Students Club Executive Board and is the president of the German club on campus. She works for a few offices on campus as well—for the Student Life office as a residential assistant, for the Human Resource office as a student worker, and for the Admissions office as a tele-counselor—she contacts prospective students who have expressed interest in Lake Erie to tell them more about her own experience on campus, and to answer any questions they may have.
Kassidy’s first year at LEC has been filled with many great experiences, but among her favorite ones is her first Mountain Day. "My friends and I stayed up all night making our team shirts in hope that the next day would be Mountain Day,” she said. Mountain Day is a surprise day off during the fall semester, and only a few selected members of the administration, the LEC president Michael Victor included, are privy to the exact date, so it is always a surprise to the students who are awaked by the sounds of bagpipes on the morning of Mountain Day.
"When we woke up and realized that we heard the faint sound of bagpipes going across campus, we all got excited and started making plans for the scavenger hunt. We had such a wonderful time running all over campus searching for clues and playing out in the [campus] green in the afternoon. It truly has been one of the best days on campus.”
Her other favorite memory from her first year is connected with something most students in Northeast Ohio do not usually find enjoyable—the first snow on campus. "I was so excited [because] I do not get snow back home,” Kassidy said. "But I forgot that everyone here is so used to it. People looked at me like I was crazy, because I was acting like a little kid [seeing her] first snow, and all I wanted to do was go build a snowman.”
As her first year drew to a close, Kassidy is very much looking forward to the remainder of her college career at Lake Erie College. And she has already started making some plans for the future. "I see myself living in Germany pursuing a career in human resources for some large global company [after graduation,]” she said. "I also hope to be training my own horse in dressage for the Pan American Games to represent the United States.
Representing the United States is also something Kassidy knows about—she has been riding dressage for 15 years, and she has competed at the international level while also earning United Stated Dressage Foundation (USDF) Youth Volunteer of the Year as well as USDF bronze, silver and gold medals.