Amanda Vaine '12
“I have grown, immensely, as a result of an outstanding education program, wonderful professors and courses that have helped me gain knowledge in the field and mold my ideals. -- Amanda Vaine
Amanda Vaine has spent her time at E-town working toward developing her skills as an educator, both in and out of the classroom. When not committed to her studies, Amanda works as a writing consultant in Learning Services and with Facilities Management in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. She also participates in Emotion dance and has been involved with the PEP after-school program. She still makes time to involve herself with the College’s garden, E-town's source of fresh produce and a movement to make Elizabethtown more sustainable.
“I wanted to make a difference in the world, and [I knew] E-town would give me the best tools with which to do so," she said.
As an Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education major from Winchester, N.H., Amanda participates in education-oriented activities, such as Into the Wild and SMILE science days. Drawn to Elizabethtown’s roots in peace and service, Amanda ultimately chose the College for, in her words, "its friendly atmosphere and sincere community.”
Amanda also has displayed academic excellence, achieving honors on the dean’s list from 2008 to 2011, an Education Department scholarship for Fall 2011 and a recent acceptance by the Education Department to work toward Honors in the Discipline through research.
“I have grown, immensely, as a result of an outstanding education program, wonderful professors and courses that have helped me gain knowledge in the field and mold my ideals into something a little less naïve and a little more practical, while still staying true to my own philosophy. Most importantly, I learned that I don’t know everything and that I don’t have to know everything; the most important thing is that we are always continuing to learn,” she said.
Amanda’s dreams have been fostered by the Elizabethtown community, and the opportunities to succeed have readily been provided for her.
“At E-town, campus feels like home; students become your friends and your community, professors really take the time to get to know you, and they care about what you have to say; and, because of the small class sizes, you form close relationships with professors and other students that deepen and enrich your learning experience," she said.
--by Brianna Wiest, '14