Meet Ashlee Jeannot
Student leader Ashlee Jeannot spoke with Director of New Student Engagement + Transition Alexa Simeone about transitioning from high school to college life during her first year at Emmanuel.
Alexa: What is your favorite thing about EC?
Ashlee: My favorite thing about Emmanuel is being able to get to know my professors and faculty one on one. I can spend hours talking with professors or staff out of class about class material, Emmanuel events or events going on around the world. It's a nice feeling when you're walking around and your professor smiles and says hello and can actually remember your name.
Alexa: What was the most challenging part of your transition?
Ashlee: The most challenging part of my transition to Emmanuel was learning to balance and adjust to being a commuter student. I really wanted to get involved in school activities and clubs, I did not want my commuter status to hinder my personal goals. Another, challenge for me was adjusting to the amount of free time you have in college opposed to high school. Making sure all homework assignments and studying was done in time took some getting used to because my biggest weakness was and sometimes still is-- procrastination.
Alexa: What are you involved in?
Ashlee: I am a 2014 Orientation Leader, I am an Admissions Ambassador and general member of Black Student Union. I am also an Office Assistant to the Director of New Student Engagement and Transition.
Alexa: What advice would you give incoming students?
Ashlee: Join clubs and activities that you love instead of joining these clubs because it looks good on a resume or future graduate school applications. During these four years you have the opportunity to join things you may never had join in high school. You will probably meet your lifelong friends by just stepping out of your comfort zone, and joining something new.
Alexa: If you could do it over again, what would you do the same? What would you change?
Ashlee: If I could do it all over again, I would not change a thing. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and people come into your life for various reasons. Regardless, if things went well or bad there were lessons behind it and lessons that taught me new things about myself. The person I am is not the same person that entered Emmanuel, I will only continue to change because I am still learning and growing as a person.
Alexa: Any final thoughts?
Ashlee: Do not be afraid to ask for help from faculty, staff or even upperclassman. The resources Emmanuel has to offer is here for-you! Everyone on this campus knows that the transition from high school to college is not an easy one, all the feelings you have whether it is homesickness, nervousness, or anxiety they have experienced. Don't let those emotions consume you, branch out and ask for help. It will only help you in the end!