Claudette Reyes

Claudette Reyes

Class of 2012
Swanton, VT

Major: Wellness and Alternative Medicine

Favorite weekend activity: Dancing

Career Plans: Massage therapy and holistic nutrition counseling

"The professors in the Wellness and Alternative Medicine program are outstanding. They are always there to help with problems if you need them. And I really love what a broad base of knowledge the program is giving me, even as I continue to focus in on my speciality."

As the time to start thinking about colleges approached, Claudette Reyes knew what she was interested in studying, but wasn't sure where to study. "I knew I wanted to pursue massage therapy and holistic nutrition, but I hadn't really heard about JSC until my guidance counselor and I were looking at programs." The college's Wellness and Alternative Medicine (WAM) program sounded just like what Claudette was looking for.

"My stepfather knew about JSC and he was really excited! He told me that it had a great reputation and it was a great school." So Claudette and her parents ventured up for a campus visit in mid-December, and encountered a typical December scene on the hilltop campus — lots of snow!

Having only been in Vermont for a year at that point (Claudette and her mother moved to Swanton from the Philippines), Claudette was still impressed by the snowbanks. "I'm only 4'11"!" she laughed. "I was sure I would be buried in the snow!" She wasn't buried, but she was impressed by the campus and the faculty, staff and students she met, and she decided JSC was the place for her.

Claudette has become an enthusiastic advocate of the college. "I was an Orientation Leader last fall and will be again this fall." Additionally she's working in the college Admissions Office, sharing her passion for JSC with prospective students and their families.

Claudette has found the WAM program to be everything she had hoped for, as well. "The professors are outstanding. They are always there to help with problems if you need them. And I really love what a broad base of knowledge the program is giving me, even as I continue to focus in on my speciality."

When she's not studying or sharing her excitement about JSC with new students, Claudette loves to dance. In fact, until this past year, she was co-captain of the JSC Dance Club, an active campus group that meets weekly and puts on a dance extravaganza at the end of each semester.

When Claudette graduates in 2012, she will have a science-based degree in Wellness and Alternative Medicine as well as certification in massage therapy, so she'll be well-prepared to enter the career world and make her mark. Her education, as well as her enthusiasm, will serve her well.