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Kaitlyn Hipple

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Hipple, and I am a junior studying Spanish at Lycoming. In addition to my studies, I am a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and enjoy writing for the Lycourier and the Odyssey. I work in the library and the writing center as well, and love to help others improve their writing skills. Follow me on Instagram @kaitlynhipple !
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The Benefits of Having a Job on Campus

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The summer before my freshman year, I applied online for a job in Snowden Library through the campus employment directory. The job I applied for was a student assistant for the Assistant to the Director of Snowden Library, which was a job unlike any other student worker position. I came to the library in July for the interview and that’s when I found out I was hired. The ladies in the library were very welcoming and helpful; not just within the confines of the library but beyond. They asked me about my classes, my interests, my plans for the future, and soon we became friends. I always tell people that the library became my home away from home. I love working there and the ladies are absolutely wonderful! When I broke my arm my first year the ladies were so helpful, they even tied my shoes! My boss, Tami Hutson, is like a second Mom to me and always reminds me to bring my coat and umbrella to work. Sometimes she even leaves me little goodies when it’s a holiday or she knows I need a pick-me-up.

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Topics: Student Life

Why I Joined My Sorority

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 19, 2016 3:00:00 PM

As fall activity continues amongst the fraternities and sororities on campus, I often reflect on my decision to become a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. I joined AXiD the fall semester of my sophomore year and I can honestly say now as a year has gone by that joining this beautiful sisterhood is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I do acknowledge that Greek Life is not for everyone, but I myself was one of those people who always said that I could never imagine myself joining a sorority.  After starting my time at Lycoming, I fell in love with these strong, powerful women who I am now blessed to call my sisters.

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Topics: Student Life, Greek Life

How I Prepared to Study Abroad in Spain

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 18, 2016 1:05:39 PM

In October of 2015 I declared my major as Spanish. From that moment I realized that I would have to study abroad for a semester. I decided that the upcoming fall semester would be the perfect time to go as I had just finished all the grammar classes required for the major.

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Topics: Study Abroad

How to Maximize Your Time at Lycoming

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 4, 2016 3:28:21 PM

Creating lifelong memories in just four years.

Often times students coming to college lack the ability to truly maximize their experience in college and truly “get their money’s worth.” My first piece of advice is to attend campus activities. The Campus Activities Board hosts many events such as movies on the weekend, the concert, Broadway trips, Warrior Extreme Challenge, and many more. But, it isn’t the only organization to host events. For example, Snowden Library typically has an event every month such as Bowling in the Stacks, Hide ‘n Seek, Easter Egg Hunt, and so on. There are choir and band concerts, sports events, speakers who come to campus, etc. Attending these events are typically free and are a great way to meet people.

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Topics: Student Life

My Life-Changing Summer Experience

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 4, 2016 11:34:11 AM

This kind of experience can't be found in the classroom.

This summer, I was a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities and Social Sciences Grant. For eight weeks, I collaborated with Lycoming College Spanish professor Dr. Sandra Kingery to translate Mexican author Xanath Caraza’s novel, Pulsación, a collection of twenty-five short stories, from Spanish to English. When people ask me about my work with Sandy, my immediate response is that she changed my life. I may joke and say that she broke me and made me never be able to read Spanish again without trying to translate it, but I know she has taught me so much. She taught me how to truly read Spanish and to be able to understand and interpret it. More so, she granted me a new lens to read English, too, which in return makes me a better writer in both languages.

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Topics: Summer Experience

College Changes You in Ways You'd Never Imagine

Posted by Kaitlyn Hipple on Oct 4, 2016 11:16:23 AM

When I was a senior in high school, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up—a high school English teacher. My plans were set in stone: I would attend Lycoming College with a major in English Literature and go through the Education program to receive my Secondary Education Certificate. Upon entering my freshmen year I found great success. I was quickly offered a tutoring position in the Writing Center after English Composition and found myself, as a freshmen, enrolled in ENG 321 Modern and Contemporary English Literature taught by Dr. Leiter. I fell in love with the Southern Gothic era and quickly found my niche within the realm of literature. Meanwhile, I was fulfilling my Modern Language requirement with Spanish 111. I easily looked at this class as another stepping stone in getting me to my future; but, after a few weeks into that spring semester, I fell in love with the language and was craving more. I was signed into Spanish 221 for the fall of 2015 taught by Dr. Sandra Kingery.

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Topics: Study Abroad, Liberal Arts Education

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