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Alumnus Reflects Upon Student Government Experience in Relation to His Career Choice
05.01.13 |
For Lebanon Valley College alumnus Ryan Humphries ’12, time spent at LVC was more than just learning in his education classes and student teaching. His life was also rooted in student government.

Humphries, who landed a job in his field only a month after graduation, said he owes it not only to the education he received – but to the experience he gained from student government as well. That doesn’t mean the process was an entirely smooth one, though.

“The application process is pretty exhausting. You drive yourself crazy waiting for phone calls only to get them at the most inopportune times,” Humphries explained. “I got one prospective school district’s call while on vacation, one during a visit to the post office, and another while I was at a baseball game. Try giving a school district an idea about yourself while some guy behind you is screaming for the Chicago Cubs to come back from an early deficit.”

Even after Humphries landed an interview, the guidance from LVC continued. Upon scheduling the interview during the summer months, Humphries emailed Dr. George for advice. She emailed him back within hours, providing him with preparatory questions and even checked in with him when the interview was over.

“Of course, she wanted to know if I got the job, but she also asked what questions I encountered so she could incorporate them into her classes,” Humphries said.

And although he didn’t realize it during his student years at the college, student government helped him immensely during the application and interview process.

“My time as a member of student government was vital to my preparation for the job search. I was able to use the leadership skills I developed while presiding over student government to my advantage,” Humphries said. “I was able to illustrate the various service opportunities I participated in, the events I planned, and the interdepartmental communication I had to help set me apart.”

While the leadership ability he gained from his student government experience is undeniable, he also learned how to interact with his superiors, giving him a confidence boost during the interview process.

By late June, he was offered a position as an elementary and middle school teacher for the gifted in the Solanco School District, Lancaster County. And although he loves his job, he admits he may miss LVC just a little bit.

“I surely miss LVC. For one thing, I eat a turkey sandwich every Thursday for lunch. After four years of chicken tenders, that’s pretty depressing and something I’m still trying to come to grips with,” Humphries joked. “But really, the things I miss most are the relationships that got me to where I am today. It’s been tough to move on from such an amazing support group.”

“I wouldn’t trade the job I have or the place I’m at right now for anything in the world, but without the relationships that I had at LVC, I certainly wouldn’t be where am I now, nor would I be as happy,” Humphries concluded.

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