Jacquie Koob ’19 Says F&M Gave Her Confidence to Take Risks

What does it mean to be a student at a liberal arts college?

It’s the smaller class sizes, the relationships students can create with their professors and other students, and the meaningful involvement on campus. Psychology major Jacquie Koob ’19 says it’s also developing the ability to learn through many different lenses, rather than following a straight—and rigid—path all the way to graduation.

“I think a liberal arts education provides a student with the tools to become confident in themselves, inside and outside the classroom,” she says. “Like a lot of students, I was nervous about college… but I developed the confidence to take risks… I made connections from one class to another, became involved in student government, and learned about myself.”

Koob, who is the senior class president, is also an admission tour guide, a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, and served as a member of the Bonchek House congress. She sits on the Board of Trustees Committee on Student Life. These diverse activities are all critical parts of the mosaic that is her liberal arts education, from research and the purely academic to the extracurricular.

Last summer, Koob volunteered as the first student intern for the executive team at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, focusing on business development and human resources. She started before the hospital opened and helped with new employee hiring and orientation, community events, and more. She stayed with LBHH and worked as an intern for credit in the fall semester.

For students at F&M, their education gives them the power to go places and do things they didn’t know they could do. Koob plans to work in behavioral health, and graduate school is in her future. She is up for the challenge, and says, “Never say no to a project… say ‘I haven’t done this before, but I’ll give it my best effort!’”