The Lehigh Valley, where I live, is full of colleges and universities. Each school has its unique culture, great programs, clubs and activities. In the heart of Allentown is Cedar Crest College, a women’s college founded in 1867. Its campus spans many acres and is listed as an arboretum. Its historic buildings mix with the contemporary, just as the traditions of the college have remained steadfast while welcoming change. Every day, I walk to work and classes, to meetings and activities, and I feel truly at home and welcome. This leads me to why I chose a women’s college.
Cedar Crest welcomed me as a continuing education student, and I found the environment to encourage growth, leadership, and success. There are opportunities around each corner, and I have taken as many as I could over the years. The faculty and staff want students to not only pass, but to excel, and they support creativity, initiative, and innovation. I have found my education to be hands-on and it has focused on how to apply information gained to real world experiences. In addition, I have found my voice at Cedar Crest. I am now more empowered than ever, and I am ready to make changes in the world. Not only am I ready, but I also believe that I can because Cedar crest has inspired me and instilled within me a higher level of confidence. I believe in myself and my abilities, and I believe in each student who graduates from Cedar Crest because they have been given the tools to succeed if they choose to use them.
Cedar Crest College creates leaders. This is a fact. I am an example of what a women’s college can do in a modern world. While Cedar Crest has a strong tradition, and so much history that is worthwhile to explore, it is the future that is so exciting. Here I am about to graduate, and all I can think about is how much love I have for this incredible institution, and how can I be there as it evolves into the 21st century. With exciting new programs in health care, a new MBA, and a strong new writing major, I am enamored with this dynamic path Carmen Twillie Ambar, Cedar Crest College’s esteemed president, is crafting. She is continually meeting and exceeding challenges put forth by the needs of the college and community. This passion is catching, and I want to remain involved. I can see myself becoming just as active as an alum as I am now, and working to help the college meet strategic goals. I am more passionate about this unique world of higher education than I ever imagined I could be, and I hope to to use my skills in this way after graduation.
I look forward to walking across that stage in may and entering into a new chapter of my life as an alum of Cedar Crest College. I also plan to give back because so many wonderful donors to the college have helped to support my education. My last month of college is coming to a close, and I feel like this part of my life is one of the hardest to let go. I have been truly affected by my experiences at Cedar Crest, and I am so incredibly thankful. I know the new chapter will be exciting, and Cedar Crest will still be a major part of my life. Perhaps I will even pursue my master’s degree there soon. However, the undergraduate experience is a unique one, and it will be over for me in 5 short weeks. The lifestyle I have known, the friendships created, and the overall experience will be gone physically, and only remain as memory. I chose a women’s college because it was right for me. It gave me more than I could have expected. In fact, it changed my life forever. I would choose Cedar Crest again, in a heartbeat.