April 15, 2016

Total Transformation

Jeannine Harrell ’17 says she was “quiet and shy,” when she arrived at Guilford College as a first-year student. Today she is anything but that.

The Elementary Education and Psychology double major is an admissions tour guide, residence hall adviser, library assistant and captain of Guilford’s cheer and dance team.

“I love how engaged I am at Guilford,” Jeannine says. “Being at Guilford allows me to get involved in so many things I didn't know I was even interested in. I have many leadership roles on campus, I know lots of people, and I feel that I am becoming a more well-rounded and well-known person.”

Jeannine also appreciates that much of her learning takes place outside the classroom, particularly the high-impact experiences related to her psychology and education studies.

“Volunteering in the elementary schools and at Ashton Woods apartment complex has made me even more sure about the paths I'd like to take in the future,” Jeannine says. “I know I want to work with children and in the school system in some aspect. Working with refugees also gave me a serious reality check and made me recognize all the privileges I have and the things I should be thankful for.”

After Guilford, Jeannine expects to attend graduate school on her way to becoming an elementary school counselor. She is also keeping an open mind toward the possibility of working in family therapy or psychiatry.