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LCCC sophomore Jamie Knerr pursues leadership

Many consider 3 a.m. to be the best time for sleeping, or possibly a late-night study session. This is not true, however, for one motivated LCCC student. Waking up hours before sunrise, she works the opening shift at Dunkin, arriving back home in time to settle in for remote classes by 9:30 a.m.. Classes continue long into the afternoon. She completes her homework, and goes to sleep early.

That is a standard day for sophomore Jamie Knerr.

She is pursuing a double major of business administration and communication, and holds a license in cosmetology. In addition to her notable academic workload, Knerr is a strong leader. She is president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA).

Knerr joined PTK last spring, quickly becoming an active member. One of her most memorable experiences began after becoming president.

At the start of the fall semester, the group’s weekly meetings consisted of only three or four members, including Knerr. She and the other members promoted the chapter by reaching out to eligible students. Since then, the meetings are regularly attended by 15-20 people.

“We have grown so much as a chapter,” she said. “It was great to see the work pay off.”

Knerr has been an active student since childhood. Her participation in student government began in elementary school. She has always been interested in leadership and representing those around her.

“When starting at LCCC,” she said, “I always knew I wanted to become involved in SGA.”

Even with a heavy workload, Knerr maintains an upbeat attitude.

She looks forward to a career in communications or management, ideally tied into cosmetology. Her dream includes cosmetology instruction, management, product promotion, and travel.

“I never want to be bored,” she said.


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