Featured Grad: Paige Benner ’17
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Central City, NE
Activities Involved in at Doane: Gamma Phi Iota, Athletic Trainer, Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Relay For Life Committee, Health and Medical Occupations Club
Plans after graduation: UNMC (Kearney) Physical Therapy program
What was the most beneficial class you took during your time at Doane?
It's tough to pick one, but I would say anatomy or physiology. Since I’m going into physical therapy I’m going to need to know the human body. In my anatomy class I had to dig in deep on my own to work hard which meant asking a lot of questions and collaborating with others in a big group project. I think what I learned in that class will be very beneficial for me in the coming years.
You played volleyball your freshman season but decided not to continue playing after the season. Why did you want to stay at Doane even though you had given up the sport you came here to play?
I absolutely love the people here. Everyone always seems to have a smile on their face. I love walking between classes and knowing every single person - either by name or at least I have recognized them before. I’m from a smaller town so the small community atmosphere at Doane has been very comfortable for me. With the average class size of 11 students here, I feel very comfortable approaching professors during class or after class to ask questions.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Heather Lambert, but it’s hard to pick one. I really liked all of my professors. I struggled in Heather Lambert’s psychology class after the first test and went up and talked to her but she really helped me out and was very welcoming any time I would approach her. I was able to excel on the remaining tests and papers in part thanks to her help.
Who or what will you miss most about Doane?
I’m going to miss having all of my closest friends around all the time.
What was your most memorable experience at Doane?
I was the Doane Duchess this past year; it was cool to be recognized in that way.
How did your time at Doane shape you into the person you are today?
Doane helped me become a person not afraid to do something. In high school I was kind of scared to speak out sometimes but after the leadership opportunities I had at Doane, including being named President of Gamma Phi Iota, I have developed into a stronger leader and am more willing to go out of my way to meet others.