Outside his comfort zone
Berry junior J.C. Albritton was once so shy his mother had to order for him in restaurants. Now he’s as comfortable running major campus events as he is chatting with close friends and plans a very public-oriented career. He has been changed by the wide-ranging challenges he’s been encouraged to pursue at Berry and is thankful for the scholarship support that continues to make it all possible.
As a freshman, J.C.’s financial aid package included a Bonner Scholarship incorporating community service and the Raymond H. and Martha C. Lester Endowed Scholarship established by donors impressed with the college’s work program. Fittingly, work experience has been a major factor in helping him grow.
A communication major who plans a career in student affairs and event planning, J.C. was recently elected to the paid position of vice president of operations for the Krannert Center Activities Board (KCAB) with responsibility for planning and implementation of major events, as well as assisting student groups with their activities.
“The trust that Berry has in students is absolutely amazing,” J.C. said. “It motivates me to do my very best at my job. I love student activities, student development and leadership opportunities. Ultimately, I would like to have a career that allows me to work in these areas.”
A summer job with SOAR, Berry’s orientation program for incoming students, emphasized that he is on the right path. Before Berry, J.C. would never have imagined being a leader in a program like SOAR; now he calls it one of the best experiences of his life.
J.C. has been heavily influenced by Debbie Heida, vice president of student affairs and dean of students.
“I told Dean Heida that I was interested in student affairs and she said, ‘Great! Let’s have lunch,’” he recalled.
Now the pair meets monthly to discuss assignments Heida creates to guide J.C. as he explores the administrative side of student activities.
“It’s been really nice to have a professional, an expert in the field, taking an interest in me and helping me pursue my career goal,” he said.
Also on J.C.’s list of experiences is an internship with the Boys and Girls Club of Rome and other volunteer activities that have helped satisfy his passion for service.
“I can’t imagine life without Berry,” he declared. “I don’t think I would have as big a passion for service as I do now. Being part of a college that was founded with a servant heart in mind is absolutely amazing. I’ve been able to see the difference that I can make in the community. I want to give back because I am so grateful for everything that’s been given to me.”
By Garrett Peace
Student Editorial Assistant
for Berry magazine