1. How do you stay connected to Gettysburg College?
Staying connected to Gettysburg College is not all about how much you give, but how much passion you put into your giving. Therefore, concentrated energy is how I stay connected to Gettysburg College. For example, I read the Bullet Points Newsletter, The Gettysburgian, and explore the website whenever possible. Additionally, I continue to email and call my Gettysburg College professors. Simply, I focus energy into every interaction that I have with Gettysburg College. By focusing energy towards staying connected to Gettysburg College, I have received an abundance of energy and support back into my life. When you stay connected, you receive so much more than you give. I dare you to try it but let me warn you that it’s addicting!
2. What aspect of Gettysburg College do you hope to help with your donation?
One extra curricular program at Gettysburg College transformed my life. Whenever I make a gift to Gettysburg College, I specify that I want those funds to go directly to that program. If a current student’s life is transformed during their Gettysburg experience because of this program (which doesn’t get as much funds as other programs), then I know that as an alum, I have been successful. Specifically, I want that same program to continue to transform, inspire, and create well-rounded Gettysburg College alumni.
3. What motivates you to give back?
The current students and my colleagues (Gettysburg College professors) are at the core of my giving. Having G-Chats with students about their aspirations, interests, and love for the college, fuels my desire to give. Gettysburg College professors continue to be a part of my family (I even call one of my professors Auntie). From Christmas cards to long telephone chats, the professors at Gettysburg College will always be a support system and they ensure that Gettysburg College students (past, present, and future) continue to receive a distinguished education.
4. What is your favorite memory from college?
It’s not so much a memory but a tradition-spending Thanksgiving with my professor(s) is my favorite tradition from college.
5. The first three words that come to mind when I think of Gettysburg College are:
Do. Great. Work.
6. What sets Gettysburg College apart from the rest?
Ultimately, it is the Gettysburg College experience that separates Gettysburg College from other academic institutions. This experience lasts beyond the years as a current student and continues throughout a lifetime. Gettysburg College is a family in which a support system is always active.
7. Did you have an Orange Dot at Get Acquainted Day? If not, what convinced you to attend Gettysburg?
I did not attend Get Acquainted Day but what convinced me to attend Gettysburg College was chatting with current students about their Gettysburg experience when I arrived for a tour. Secretly, it was the food, especially the Servo cookies, that convinced me (don’t tell my parents).
8. Favorite Servo Meal:
Servo Cookies! That’s a meal, right?
9. What is your favorite location on campus/in the town of Gettysburg?
My favorite spot on campus is the Gettysburg College Women’s Center. If you have never been to the Women’s Center, it is a gem. I loved hanging out with my friends, chatting with professors, enjoying a cup of tea, crafting, and relaxing at the Women’s Center.
10. What is your hope for Gettysburg College for the foreseeable future?
My biggest hope is that Gettysburg College continues to instill the importance of doing great work and that it grows the resources for experiential learning opportunities, extensive career network, co-curricular, service, and off-campus activities. I want Gettysburg College to always feel like a home away from home for current students and alumni.
Lexie Olivia Grant ’11, BOLD Council