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By Bill Gentry, Jan Gillis (’07) and Kelley Freund (’07)
Huber Connection founder
Students involved with the Huber Learning Community and JMU’s seven other learning communities have the beneﬁt of connecting with a small group of students that share similar interests. They’re connected academically in classes, they go on ﬁeld trips and participate in community activities, they live together, they share stories; and one student, didn’t want those connections to end.
Samantha Herold (’12) was involved with the Huber Learning Community as a freshman. “I really missed Huber and the connections and conversations with other like-minded students, so I created Huber Connection. This continuation of Huber allows students who want to continue their preparation as a pre-professional in the health community to continue to have discussions with other students and professors and make the professional contacts they did as freshmen.”
Starting the Huber Connection was a semester-long process that involved applying to the JMU student organizations office to become an official JMU organization. “We want to continue to have those inspiring conversations,” says Herold. “We want to be involved in the community and have charity events, we want to meet with perspective students, let people network and have a freshman mentoring program.”
“We want to be involved in the community and have charity events, we want to meet with perspective students, let people network and have a freshman mentoring program.”
Herold has done some mentoring herself, as the Huber Learning Community’s ﬁrst resident adviser. “This year was the ﬁrst time they had an R.A. with the learning community, and I hope the trend continues,” says Herold. “I think it was helpful for current students to have someone there that had been involved with Huber.”
Herold worked as a certiﬁed pharmaceutical technician while at JMU, a job title not held by many college students. She can speak some Spanish, so Herold says it was very rewarding when some of Harrisonburg’s Hispanic population would come into Rite Aid and she was able to explain their medications to them and explain their children’s prescriptions.
Herold is applying for pharmacy school and hopes to continue work in the health care ﬁeld. And she wants to make sure her lifestyle sets an example to her patients. “So many times doctors preach things, but don’t practice them.” Herold’s future goals include practicing a good work/life balance and making room for some healthy down time. And by down time she means “training for and running a second marathon.”
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