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A familiar face around The Western Carolinian office is that of Jordan Freeman, Junior Editor for the publication. Previously a student at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, Freeman wanted to find a top-notch university at which to complete a four-year English degree. After careful research and a fateful visit with a friend (now peer), he chose to settle in the mountains. He now majors in professional writing here at Western Carolina University while working on his first full-length novel.
"A weakness is just a strength that you're not using right." These are the inspirational words Jake Browning, staff writer for The Western Carolinian, lives by.
Jake is from the small town of Mills River, North Carolina. According to him, it wasn't even considered a city until 2009. When asked why he chose to come to Western Carolina University, Jake simply stated that he "really loved the atmosphere" and "just kinda knew" when he first visited that it was where he belonged.
Abbie Findley is a junior at Western Carolina University.
On beginning her journey at the University, she stated “I’m from Gainesville, Georgia, a few hours outside of Atlanta. I went from age three to age 18 in Gainesville. I wound up at Western because after senior year applying for colleges all over the U.S., I got denied everywhere for whatever reason. Western sent me a Dean’s choice application. I applied and got in.”