Jaime Filzer had all but decided on enrolling at another college. Then, she received an invitation for Scholars Day, Heidelberg’s annual scholarship competition for high school seniors, and everything changed.
“I met Dr. (Lori) Arnold-Grine and Mark Zeno during my interview, and that pretty much solidified my decision,” said Jaime, an Honors student who’s getting set to graduate May 12 with her bachelor’s degree in education. She remembers the positive attitudes of Arnold-Grine, her education professor, and Zeno, the ‘Berg alumnus who works as the assistant dean of students for campus life. She hasn’t once regretted her decision to come to Heidelberg.
Jaime has made the most of her Heidelberg experience, studying abroad at Oxford University last spring It’s been no easy task, but with the help of professors, she has made it work.
“All of my professors have been really amazing and supportive and helpful,” said Jaime. “The fall of my freshman year, Dr. Grine spent hours and hours with me developing my four-year plan that has since changed seven times. … I knew what I wanted to do and they went out of their way to help me get it done.”
Jaime is the poster child for making the most of her college experience. She is a founding member of the Student Alumni Association and has been a student phonathon caller for the Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations. She joined the service honorary Alpha Phi Omega her freshman year and has been active in Greek life, Berg Events Council and other student organizations.
As the days wind down for her final student teaching placement – in the second-grade classroom of Bethany (Brickner) Boehler, ’06, at New Riegel Schools – Jaime finds herself reflective. She said she most appreciates the extensive time education majors get to spend in the field, beginning with their first semester. She feels well prepared for her teaching career.
“I cannot imagine a better college experience or a better environment,” said the Toledo resident. “There’s no place I would have fit in more than I have here or accomplished more.”
Heidelberg will always be a significant part of her life. “I feel like I will never stop being grateful for everything Heidelberg gave me,” she said.
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