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Jill Post—Why She Chose Olivet College

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Jill Post is a graduating senior studying visual art. Growing up in a small town, Jill was ready for the small size of Olivet. Although she is an art student, the music program is what stole her heart when she first discovered Olivet College. In 2017, she had a visit with the honors band. Before this, she had not heard of Olivet College, but she fell in love with the campus when she was here and “had a really memorable experience that day.” 

Afterward, band director Jeremy Duby followed up with her and offered her a scholarship and place in the marching band. This, along with a scholarship through the Global Citizen Honors Program, sealed the deal for Jill. 

As her college career began, she got involved with different organizations on campus. As well as participating in the band at Olivet College, Jill is also part of Greek life. She said, “The most rewarding organization I am part of is Alpha Lambda Epsilon, a co-ed Greek society on campus. This is where I have made most of my close friends and best memories from college, as well as made connections to alumni and so much more.” She went on to say, “Pledging was the most fun and unique experience that shaped the rest of my college experience.”  

Another formative experience she had was a wind ensemble concert in 2019, “During the concert, the band was so in sync and watching [Jeremy] Duby jump on the podium as we nailed the last few measures of the song and seeing the crowd in awe was so enjoyable.” She will always remember this concert, and it is one of her favorite experiences as a musician. 

 Not only is she talented when it comes to music, but she has also succeeded with her visual art. Her work has been published in Olivet College’s literary and visual art journal, Garfield Lake Review, and she was a recipient of the Justus W. Cohoe/Evelyn Gray Anderson Memorial Workshop and Travel Scholarship this year.

She is excited to continue with art after she graduates. She said, “I have always had a passion for art, and I want to pursue a career in it. A goal of mine is to be self-employed eventually, and this major has given me the tools to become an entrepreneur as well as hone my abilities as an artist.” During her time at Olivet College, she has learned how to market herself and create quality content for social media. She also said, Being part of the art department has also given me the opportunity to connect with other artists and showcase my art in exhibitions on and off campus.” These experiences have shaped Jill and have prepared her for what will come after she graduates. 

Some of her fondest memories were made because of the organizations she was involved with, the people she got to know and the opportunities she took. She encourages incoming students to find the things that will be fun for them and have a lasting impact. She said the whole college experience was important to her. “I wanted to learn as much as I could in and out of the classroom. Academics are important and being diligent in your coursework is important so that you don’t waste your time or money, but at the end of the day, what I will look back fondly about college will be the good times I had.” She will forever cherish her time here at Olivet.

For those wondering if Olivet College is the right place for you, Jill says, “Students who want a more personal experience in the classroom and with their professors, and students who want a well-rounded experience should attend OC.”

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu. 

This feature was written by Savannah Baker, a senior studying English and business. The former editor of Olivet’s literary journal, Garfield Lake Review, Savannah now pursues her interest in writing and editing as a marketing intern with Olivet College.

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