Elizabeth Campbell '12

On a typical morning during her sophomore year, Elizabeth wakes up and prepares for her trek. Poultney reminds her of Salisbury, Md., the small town she grew up in. It will take her thirty minutes on foot each morning to reach her destination.

Today, as she prepares to graduate from GMC, Liz looks back on her days spent walking to campus from East Poultney and back and considers the journey well worth it.

Elizabeth served as secretary for International Awareness, treasurer for the Black Cultural Club, and involved herself in cheerleading and the choir. In fact, music has made a significant impact in her life. She is taking an “applied voice” class and is preparing for a recital at the end of the semester.

“Every year I watched people be a part of the applied voice recital and now I want to be a part of it,” exclaims Liz.

Liz is a sustainable business major and has actively applied what she has learned in the working world. Last year Liz completed an internship at Poultney’s own Tiny Theatre. She was involved mainly in finance and marketing, but as Liz says, “I also had lots of other jobs. I did my best to get the word out.”

Now, Liz is set up with a full-time job upon graduating from GMC. She will be working in Los Angeles, tutoring and mentoring at risk youth. The job opportunity came about when, after meeting her boyfriend of 3.5 years, Jose VanDerburg, in the school’s choir, he helped Elizabeth become involved with City Year Los Angeles, an organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time community service.

Liz has surely set a high standard for future generations of GMC students and with her involvement in college organizations and community business, her future is looking bright.

“I plan to pursue this path as far as it will take me, in another five or so years I plan to snag a job working for a recording company in their business operations or as a performer. I also see marriage and a family in that five-year time period as well,” Liz says.

-Zak Stark '15

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