Jen Gorman is learning His way

February 28, 2013

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Between advanced placement classes, dual enrollment classes at a local college and CLEP tests, Jen Gorman had 59 hours of college credit complete before even entering college—all while keeping a solid 4.1 GPA.

So it might come as a surprise to hear the academician and Phi Theta Kappa member reflect on her previous three years at Florida College.

“It was never about engaging in the depth of one, but the breadth and diversity of many activities, academic and social,” she said. “I wanted to experience everything that Florida College had to offer.”

Jen, a Royal Palm Copy Editor, society leader and Junior-Senior Class Vice President, has done just that, embracing the many social opportunities of Florida College alongside her passion for academic excellence.

Her educational philosophy and personal interests are embodied in her major, Liberal Studies. Her components, English, Humanities and Communication, are a custom fit to her wide array of academic interests as well as her career goal of becoming a college professor.

“I didn’t always want to be a professor,” she said. “My first survey of British Literature with Mrs. Witherington changed that. There are few things I delight in more than reading a good book.”

But Jen has developed more than just an appreciation for English.

“The only thing that could possibly top my love for literature is my love for language,” she said. “In taking Spanish classes here, I’ve decided that TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the perfect direction for my strengths and interests.”

She developed this interest outside the classroom as well, and helped others as a Supplemental Instructor for Spanish classes. She has also worshiped with the North Terrace church, a bilingual congregation, for the past three years.

On track to graduate Magna Cum Laude in May, and recently accepted into NYU’s TESOL graduate’s program and Columbia University, Jen says it is the many activities and relationships—the “breadth and diversity” of her experience—that she will remember above her impeccable academic career.

That’s how Jen Gorman is learning His way.