Freshman finds community, service opportunities at AU

Wed, 2007-09-12 11:07 -- univcomm
September 12, 2007

Jacqueline Burgher glanced around Mocha Joe's, observing her surroundings for a moment. "No other school I looked at had the sense of community that AU does," she said finally. "AU has a feel, an atmosphere."

Jacqueline is a freshman at AU this year from Butte, Mont. Her sister Laura, a junior education major, played a role in Jacqueline coming to AU. "Since Laura left two years ago, I realized how much I want to be near her, " explained Jacqueline.

Jacqueline is in the honors program at AU and plans to major in physics and chemistry. "I love science and math. I guess I'm just that kind of person," she said, citing two of her high school teachers as her sources of inspiration.

Her enthusiasm about being involved in the honors program is clearly evident. "When I was going through the interview process," she explained, "I met Josh Moore, one of the honors students, and Dr. Fulkerson. I felt like these are the types of people I want to surround myself with: people who not only discuss what they think, but do so in the context of a variety of issues and on a deeper level."

Jacqueline takes her classes seriously, but she's also excited about getting involved outside of class. "I've thought about College Mentors for Kids, where you meet with and mentor kids for two hours a week," she said. "I know that Laura was also involved in Work Projects for Campus Ministries last year. They would go paint houses or help out in the community. That sounded like a good experience."

With four years of school still ahead of her, she admits that she hasn't resolutely decided what she wants to do with her life. She imagined herself possibly going to medical school or getting her doctorate and becoming a professor. Wherever her path may lead her, she is certain that her time at AU will be a significant step in the discovery. Jacqueline shared, "I'm excited about meeting people and participating in the community on campus."

–David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.