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  • Payton Leonard: A Life-Changing College Experience

    Sophomore Payton Leonard approached college with a major doubt: how could she have a relationship-based college experience that matched her high school experience? The answer was Olivet College. “My hometown, Fife Lake, is very small and it is for that reason that I felt most comfortable on Olivet’s campus,” Payton said. “It gave me the […]

  • Jordyn Osterland — Graduating Career Ready

    Senior Jordyn Osterland is preparing for a career in the medical field. While many students choose a biology major as a basis for their pre-medical studies, Jordyn felt compelled to go a different route and is studying chemistry. “I became interested in the medical field when my grandpa was struggling with health issues while I […]

  • Zach Meharg — From the Classroom to the Research Field

    Biology and mathematics major Zach Meharg is preparing for his senior year at Olivet College. He’s gearing up for the swim season and an exciting independent study. This fall, Zach will be using the knowledge he’s learned in hands-on classrooms for his own real-world project — curating Michigan beetles. “One of every five organisms is a beetle,” Zach […]

  • Family Matters: Samantha ’19 and Sabrina ’19 Butler

    No, Samantha Butler ’19 does not trade places with her twin sister, Sabrina ’19. If you poke Samantha, Sabrina doesn’t feel it, too. In fact, the two sisters want others to know that, no, they are not the same person. The two are different, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. “I think I’ve […]

  • Rose Kemmerling — Sometimes Second is the Perfect Place

    According to rising senior Rose Kemmerling, the perfect college fit is defined by a homey feeling and awesome supporters. For her, Olivet College fits that description to a T. Second Family, Second Home “I would encourage a student to attend Olivet College because it is not just a place, but also embodies a great feeling,” […]

  • Five Minutes With Chair, Adviser and Professor Susanne Lewis, Ph.D.

    Susanne Lewis, Ph.D., serves as chair of the Natural and Physical Sciences Department, chemistry program director, professor of chemistry and adviser to OC’s chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). With the goal of becoming a college professor, Professor Lewis got her start in the role as an undergraduate lab assistant for an introductory chemistry […]

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