Student Profile: Elizabeth East

Elizabeth East is a sophomore biology major with a concentration in pre-med, who is planning on going to veterinary school in a few years. She is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and she is a member of the Science, Health and the Environment Learning Community on campus. She says her favorite thing about Lake Erie is the cafeteria staff employed by Metz dining services-she describes it as having a "bunch of mothers on campus." The staff really care about the students and are always happy to see them.

Why did you choose LEC?

I chose LEC because I fell in love with the beauty of the school and the kindness of the professors and the people I met when I came for an [admissions] open campus event. No other school was more kind of generous to me, and that means a lot to me. I wanted to be somewhere I knew I would enjoy, and I knew I would belong here.

Why do you enjoy being a part of the Learning Communities?

The Learning Community really helped me find my niche within Lake Erie. We may not have the biggest college, but it's important to have a close network of friends whom you can rely on, whether it be for a good study partner or just a helpful friend on a bad day.

How has the LC experience changed your career at LEC and beyond?

Being in the Learning Community has really helped me branch out and come out of my shell. I've always been the kind of person to stay close to what I know and kind of hide under the radar, but after the first few learning community trips I've taken, I've really noticed myself coming out of my shell. And that's a big thing after almost twenty years!