After graduating top of her high school class, London Eldridge completed her first year at Olivet College as a biology major with a minor in biochemistry.
London first heard about Olivet College through a friend and decided to check it out. It turned out to be a perfect fit. She was drawn to Olivet’s size and knew she would be able truly get to know her classmates and professors. During her visit, she realized some fun and unique things about the science department, such as Olivet’s resident tortoise, Jojo. London also met with Dr. Leah Knapp, professor of biology and a veterinarian. As an aspiring vet, London was encouraged to hear Dr. Knapp’s story.
While she was excited about the biology program, London’s decision to attend Olivet came down to financials. Because of her impressive high school grades, London received scholarships to help with the cost of tuition. Olivet College strives to recognize and reward the hard work of students and offers scholarships and aid to help them succeed, as London discovered.
London is originally from the small, rural town of Stanton, Michigan, where she shows pigs and cattle with FFA and 4-H. Her background in raising livestock initially sparked her interest in veterinary medicine, and she hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.
To one day earn her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), she is working on a pre-med undergraduate degree. On top of her rigorous academics, she is also a track and field team member.
At first, she was not sure if she would pursue athletics after high school because she did not want it to get in the way of her studies, but in the end, she was glad she chose to join the team. She said, “Not only has it given me the opportunity to compete at a higher level and stay in shape, but it has also given me the opportunity to meet a great group of friends.”
She is also a member of the Pre-Vet Club, which has already given her valuable experience in the professional world. For example, in December, the club attended the Michigan Veterinary Conference and heard from veterinarians across the country.
Overall, London is happy to have her first year of college under her belt and excited to see what the future holds. When asked what advice she would give high school students, she said, “College is a big transition. Make sure you choose a college that feels like home and meets your needs. Smaller private schools may not have a big name, but they have big opportunities.”
Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or email@example.com.
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.