Freshman thrives on busy schedule

Alumni Laureate Scholar Profile

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By Megan Schmidt

Amanda Pack has crammed more experiences into her first semester of college than many of her fellow freshmen will their entire four years at a university.

The 18-year-old Harrison native is a talented trombone player who was just as likely to be found on the football field with the BGSU Falcon Marching Band as she was in class or doing homework. Just a few days before Christmas, she traveled hundreds of miles to play a bowl game at the University of South Alabama.

“My planner is my best friend,” Pack jokes. “Having a busy schedule is not as challenging to work around if you know what you’re taking on ahead of time. It’s all about time management.”

Still, she said, her first semester “just flew by.”

“I think it went so much faster than I expected because I found so many great things to get involved with,” Pack said.

“What I’ve loved most about being an Alumni Laureate Scholar is being paired with an alum who has been through some of what I’m going through as a college student”On the academic side, the Alumni Laureate Scholar is majoring in marketing and already has her sights set on working at a firm doing advertising or some type of promotional marketing.

“Marketing is something I can really picture myself doing as a career. It has a creative side to it that I love,” Pack said.

“One industry I think would be incredible to work in would be the fashion industry. Doing that type of marketing or advertising seems so fun.”

In addition to her band duties, Pack is a member of the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity and the Honors Student Association. She also plans to become more involved in other organizations, such as the BGSU chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Pack is also a lifetime Girl Scout, having spent 14 years as a member of her hometown troop.

“I’m really hoping this spring to have some more free time to volunteer with a Girl Scout troop in the BG area,” Pack said. “Girl Scouts is something I’ve always loved being involved with.”

Pack said she likes the idea of providing mentorship for young girls, perhaps even in a way similar to how she’s been mentored through the Alumni Laureate Scholars program.

“What I’ve loved most about being an Alumni Laureate Scholar is being paired with an alum who has been through some of what I’m going through as a college student,” she said. “We email back and forth, have coffee together sometimes…it’s been a great way for me to seek advice and a great support system.”