For the past three years, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) student Julie Gaven kept herself busy beyond belief. At age 14, Gaven began attending LFCC part time as a dual-enrolled student, enabling her to receive both high school and college credit for her courses. One year later, Gaven became a full-time student.
Gaven graduated from LFCC in May 2007 with two associate degrees for transfer - one in education and one in liberal arts with a communication specialization. This fall, she is attending James Madison University (JMU) to pursue a double major in English and communication sciences and disorders in JMU's honors program. In addition, she hopes to pursue a minor in musical theater or some other music, dance and/or acting-oriented performing arts program. Her long-range career goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology.
In addition to classes at LFCC, volunteer activities kept Gaven quite busy. She taught a Sunday school class at her church; worked as a patient support volunteer with Blue Ridge Hospice; served as an assistant coach/trainer for the Special Olympics equestrian team; and contributed to the Girl Scout's Iraqi Children Assistance Network service project, which provides school supplies to students in poor Iraqi villages.
"I really enjoy helping others, especially donating my time and energy to worthy causes that are important to me," Gaven said. "It's so important to give back to others, so I try to give back as much as I possibly can."
If that weren't enough to keep her life full, Gaven spent her free time playing the violin, piano and harp and remaining active in many aspects of community theater productions, both onstage and behind-the-scenes as an actress, singer/dancer, technician, stage manager and assistant director. She also worked as a part-time biology and Spanish tutor in LFCC's Tutor Connection Center and served a term as president of Alpha Beta Omega, the Middletown Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.
"Multi-tasking and time management are necessary life skills I've learned to use in keeping good grades in school while still spending a lot of time participating in the extracurricular activities that I love," Gaven said.
By attending LFCC, Gaven had "the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people, learn from awesome professors and be actively involved in countless other extracurricular interests."