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Alexa Viscardi '14

"[Elizabethtown] is truly an academic environment where the students come first."

alexa viscardiAlexa "Lexy" Viscardi '14 compares her decision to attend Elizabethtown to choosing her high school prom dress: "It ultimately found me."

Lexy's challenge of selecting just the right gown has applied to many decisions she's had to make since "those gilded days of halcyon youth," she jokes. "When I visited E-town, I stepped on campus, and I just knew that it fit me. Perfectly. I didn't have to look any further."

An English Secondary Education major, Lexy is working toward a career teaching at either the 7th or 10th grade level. She's also considered the possibility of conducting writing workshops for adolescent writers to facilitate writing skills and foster a love of writing.

That love of writing infuses Alexa's life on campus as well. She is a columnist at the Etownian as well as a tutor, tour guide, and peer mentor.

"I love the feeling of community at E-town," she said. "Whether it's a class, or dorm floor, or wherever large numbers of students can be found, people really make you feel welcome here. As someone who tries to be as welcoming as possible in my daily life, I've really enjoyed the company of those I've met here."

Lexy never considered becoming a teacher until she had remarkable experience in high school. After participating as a senior student in the peer tutoring program at her high school in Pottstown, Pa., she was given the opportunity to use her creative abilities to devise her own study methods to help a struggling student learn more effectively. The student, as she noted, was struggling personally, and was faced with the reality that she might not be able to graduate.

"The proudest moment of my adolescent life was watching [that student] walk across the stage at graduation. I believed in her ability to succeed, even when she didn't believe in herself," she said.  "I major in education with the enduring belief that all of my students possess the potential to achieve all that they are capable of, and I will continue to persevere with them through their trials as they go on to become contributing members of society, whatever their calling may be."

Alexa's classes have challenged, inspired, and shown her what it takes to be a member of her intended profession. Her support system has allowed her to take risks, both academically and interpersonally. And she's taken time to give back as well. She stepped outside her comfort zone and traveled to Mississippi to participate in disaster relief efforts through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. She's been fortunate enough, she feels, to also work with first-year students in the Peer Mentor program, and has shared her growth and experiences with others at Elizabethtown, and the ways in which she's been impacted herself.

Lexy said she would recommend Elizabethtown to a peer because it's "truly an academic environment where the students come first." She explained how the professors genuinely care about the success of their students. If you are passionate about what you want to do, Elizabethtown strives to provide opportunities to engage and exhibit your interest, skills and talents.

"The students really matter at Elizabethtown, which might seem at first to be an obvious goal of a college. But there really isn't another institution like E-town."

--Brianna Wiest '13

Elizabethtown College