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Humans of Etown: Kelly Armstrong

Kelly Armstrong, first-year occupational therapy major, sitting in the Schlosser lobby.

Listen to the interview with Kelly:


What is your name, year and major?

“I am Kelly Armstrong, I am a first year, and my major is occupational therapy.”

What is the weirdest thing that’s happened to you at Etown?

“Weirdest? Do you want me to tell you the dog peeing on a box story? We were down in the lobby, and there’s a box where you can donate books, and there was a dog in the lobby, and he wasn’t taken out, so he peed on the box and there is still a pee stain on the box.”

How did you meet your best friend?

“Fourth grade, I was neighbors with my friend Abigail, and the one time she had me over as well as my now best friend Jacqueline, and the three of us hung out and then I got to know Jacqueline more and we’ve been friends ever since like fourth grade.”
When did you know you were going to come to Etown?

“I knew when I came here on a visit and they told me about the study abroad opportunities, so I found out I could go to India and do an internship with OT while over in India, and then I also heard about all the other service trips you can take in the May term, summer term, and stuff like that. So that’s why I came here.”


Also check out these Humans of Etown stories:

Ryan Runkle

Dana Morykan

Humans of Etown: Ryan Runkle

View the video for this post here.

Video Transcript:
Emma: Hi! So what’s your name and your year?
Ryan: Hello, my name is Ryan Runkle, I’m a freshman.
E: And what is your funniest or most memorable moment here at Etown?
R: Um, I don’t think there is a singular one. I think my favorite moments at Etown are just sitting down here in the lobby with friends and having a good time.
E: So, nothing ever funny has happened or –
R: Nothing specific.
E: – something really memorable?
R: Not that I can remember.
E: Alright, well thank you!

View Stephanie Miller’s interview with Dana Morykan here.

View Samantha Seely’s interview with Kelly Armstrong here.

Jerica Shuck: Humans of Etown

By Miranda Fedor and Brianna Titi

Miranda: “Hi, what is your name?”

Jerica Shuck: “My name is Jerica Shuck.”

Miranda: “And what year are you?”

Jerica: “I’m a senior.”

Miranda: “What is your major and minor?”

Jerica: “So my major is english and I have a concentration in professional writing and my minor is in communications.”

Miranda: “And what is a memorable memory you have had at Etown?”

Jerica: “There are a lot. I’m in Mad Cow, the campus improve group, and last year I got to experience the senior show and be a part of it. And that’s essentially whenever all of the seniors in the group get to plan, and place all of us in whatever games they want to play. And on our last game last year, last year, I like did my thing and then went off to the side of the stage and joined all of the other members of the group and I got to watch as all of the seniors did like their last scenes and it was really, really emotional. It was like the first time I’ve ever cried in front of an audience that big or in front of like a lot of people generally. Just looking at them as their like finishing their scenes kind of makes me think that’s going to be me this year too, but also how thankful I am that I could be a part of that experience for them.”

Miranda: “Thank you!”

Jerica: “You’re welcome!”

Watch Jerica’s interview above.

See also, and for more articles about humans from Etown!

Humans of Etown 2017

Jordan Petersen and Christopher Tongel spoke with three members of the Elizabethtown College community. Information gathered from those interviews can be viewed below.


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Michael Jordan) “As college students we all go through rough patches and we have to just keep going! Personally, I hit rough patches it seems like every other week and just like the quote says, you have to find a way to manage.”
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Michael Jordan) “As college students we all go through rough patches and we have to just keep going! Personally, I hit rough patches it seems like every other week and just like the quote says, you have to find a way to manage.”


A transcript of the interview with Steve is below.

Steve: “Hi, my name is Steve and I am an English major, English literature concentration. I chos the major because I enjoyed the information and it somehow chose me in some respects. I just struggled with other disciplines and I found the most joy with English literature.”

Christopher: “And what do you plan to do with your English major?”

Steve: “You can teach, obviously go to other countries. You can go to law school. I even had an accounting job where I was writing up reports. So I think it’s about being open-minded. But most of the time an English major gets kind of a shroud put on them like you have to work for a newspaper, you have to be a teacher but it’s not always the case. It’s kind of what you make of it.”


A picture of Kelly.
A picture of Kelly.

We also interviewed Kelly Knorr. The podcast interview can be heard here. A transcript of the podcast interview is available below.

Kelly: “I’m a senior corporate Communications major and religious studies minor here at E-Town. My journey to E-Town started in about eighth-grade when I decided I wanted to go away for college. A lot of people from my hometown of Bloomsburg decide to go to the university that’s just 3 minutes away from most people’s houses and I knew that wasn’t what I wanted to do and it wasn’t for me. I started to look for colleges and at the time Shippensburg was my dream School. I had everything I thought I wanted in a school and I was so excited to visit there and when I went to visit Shippensburg, I hated it. It just wasn’t the right environment and then I continued my search and kind of stumbled upon Elizabethtown. I didn’t hear of it before. I was just searching around and I didn’t know anybody who want there, but the moment I stepped onto campus I fell in love. I knew that it was a place I wanted to be. It was the program for me. Looking at the communications program was just very exciting and meeting the faculty and staff really got me excited. It took a little bit of bargaining with my parents because of such a high price tag, but I absolutely knew that was a place I needed to go to school. Now that I’m finishing up my senior year looking at all the debt makes me a little nervous to figure out how I’m going to pay it all off, but I wouldn’t change my decision for anything I absolutely love that I chose Elizabethtown.”

Jordan and I would like to extend a special thank you to Jessica, Steve and Kelly.


Elizabethtown College Diversity Podcast Episode 3

Welcome back!


Your are tuning into Elizabethtown College’s Diversity Podcast! This is the third and FINAL episode of this podcast series. This week features two students that are members of the college campus’ LGBTQ community.


A special thank you for all student, staff and faculty participants. I really appreciate all of your help and input.


Blue Jays, have a SAFE and RESTFUL Thanksgiving break!!!


Blue Jays, Always.


Your Host,

Gabi Weisfeld

Class of 2017