Dr. Jared Pitt ’08 knew early on that he wanted to attend LVC. “I only applied to two schools,” says the New Jersey native. “I looked at Rutgers and Lebanon Valley. I was on LVC’s campus at least six times in my senior year. I went to Day at the Valley and sat in on a couple classes. The campus was beautiful—I’m a suburban guy. Coming to central Pennsylvania transformed me a little bit. I definitely could see myself there.”
At the Valley, Pitt majored in biology with his eyes set on veterinary school after graduation—“I’ve known that I wanted to be a vet since I was eight years old,” he says. After four years at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Pitt ultimately returned to New Jersey to take a position as an associate veterinarian at Ocean View Veterinary Hospital in Cape May.
How did you acquire your competitive spirit?
I definitely see myself as a competitive person, to a fault sometimes. That came from my mom. She graduated number two in her high school class so I always looked to her as a role model. She did what she wanted to do and became who she wanted to be—a speech pathologist. I just don’t want to let her down.
What motivates you?
The fear of failure.
What activities, people, or courses at LVC helped you prepare for success?
Dr. [Allan] Wolfe’s [professor of biology] cell and tissue biology class—we actually had a repeat of that in vet school and I felt very well prepared. Compared to the rest of my peers in vet school, I already had that under my belt.
What’s most important to remain competitive in your field?
Continuing education, attending seminars, and staying informed about the newest technology and advancements are all crucial in remaining competitive. In addition to the medicine, it is vitally important to be able to relate to your clients.
How do you prepare physically and mentally for competition?
In general, I pray that the Lord grants me the strength and confidence that I need to give it my all. Even if I don’t succeed, as long as I give it 100 percent, there’s really nothing more I can do.
Who is your favorite competitive role model?
I have two role models: my mother and Barack Obama. Not only does he represent change in America, but he came from a single-parent household, faced adversity just like I did, and he overcame prejudices and adversity and did what he wanted to do.
Do you have a guiding philosophy about competition?
My philosophy is to be true to myself and not to lose myself in what I’m trying to do. You have to remember to thank the people who actually paved the way for you. You don’t want to burn bridges or backstab anybody.
What makes LVC competitive?
From a science perspective, LVC emphasizes hard work and studying. I tell people all the time that Lebanon Valley’s Biology Department, and their sciences in general, are top notch.
What advice would you give to current LVC students?
Stay focused. If you know what you want to do, do it. You have to put the time into it. Don’t get so lost that you forget to enjoy college. At the same time, keep your eyes on the prize. You may have to study a little more and put longer hours in, but this ultimately will determine what you do with the rest of your life. Stay true to yourself, stay focused, and get the job done.