Student Speaker Selected for Commencement

May 14, 2014
lindsey bush at commencement

Lindsey Bush, from Averill Park, N.Y., was selected to be the Wells College student speaker for the College’s 146th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17. She will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in anthropology.

After five semesters of soaking up the best of what Wells has to offer—as a dedicated student and a devoted athlete—Bush sought to expand her horizons overseas while pursuing her English major and anthropology minor. Going abroad was a wonderful experience for Lindsay. “Initially, I was terrified,” she said of her travel abroad experience at the University of Sterling in Scotland. “I was going to a new country, I didn’t know anyone, and I had no idea what was going to happen when I got there.” Despite her initial nerves, Bush could not be more satisfied with her decision to go abroad in the spring of her junior year.

What did happen? Bush played for the school’s water polo team, joined a faith-based group of her peers, studied creative writing alongside Scottish history, and traveled to Paris, Copenhagen, London, Iceland, and Norway—all in the span of four life-changing months.

After living in a foreign country and exploring new cities on her own, Bush cites studying abroad as a major boon to her confidence. These new experiences under her belt, Bush returned to Wells ready to lead. She served as Vice Chair of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)—a group dedicated to ensuring an enriching student-athlete experience at Wells—and tutored her fellow student-athletes in her spare time.

In the fall of 2013, Bush represented Wells at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in Providence, R.I. The women’s soccer player reports that the conference—which drew in students from Syracuse University to Duke University—was both fun and informative. Lindsey shared she “is actively seeking full-time employment after Commencement and [she] is certain the experiences she had because of Wells College will carry [her] far and wide!”

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