University of Vermont

University of Vermont


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University of Vermont by College Prowler, Alyssa Vine

College guides written by students for students.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427402028
Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2006
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 0.40(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

About the Author

The University of Vermont has thus far lent me an extraordinary experience. Initially, I wanted to attend a small liberal arts college, but after coming to UVM and settling in, I eventually found myself beyond happiness, despite its large size. For me, everything really started coming together during my sophomore year when I was more familiar with what the school and professors had to offer. I got to take more classes that I really wanted to, and my real friendships were solidified. UVM rekindled my love of academics, and I am now looking forward to a possible future in the scholarly circle.

Writing this guidebook has been both a pleasure and an honor. I am currently entering my junior year at the University of Vermont pursuing a double major in English and religion with a focus on philosophy. As a native Vermonter, I have come to appreciate UVM for the same reasons I love Vermont: its beautiful surroundings, endless opportunities, and activities for those who cannot get enough of the outdoors. Cycling throughout the Green Mountains and skiing during the winters have both given me unique perspectives on this picturesque state. The University of Vermont has been an invaluable transitioning step toward achieving my goal of competing in cycling, as well as a working force in opening the doors to further study in graduate school. Whatever I end up doing, I know I will be passionate about it, as passion supercedes all other priorities, and in my opinion, provides the building blocks to happiness.

If given the choice, I would not wish to go any other place. Looking back on the people I've met, the opportunities I've seized, the classes I've had, and the places I've gone, Icannot see it any other way. The more I learned, the more I grew. I have changed in many different ways since high school, all for the better, and I accredit much of this to the friends I've made and my personal experience with education, experience, and life. I will never turn back. Thanks for reading.

Kevyn Jonas Lenfest

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