|Dani is a junior majoring in general business.
After graduation, she is contemplating a career in either education
When asked how she maintains a 3.46 GPA with such a demanding
softball schedule, Dani said: “For me, school and softball
are what I live for as of now. So in order for me to accomplish
what I set out to do in both, I need to make sacrifices. After
practice is over, I only have a few hours to work; therefore,
I need to use my time wisely throughout the day in order to complete
When she does manage to find a few free hours, Dani likes going
to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Dani has several strategies that contribute to her success in
the classroom. One strategy is to make sure she gets her homework
done. “During my free time I am always doing my homework,
because there is so much of it,” she explained.
Another tactic is highlighting what she need to know, typing
study notes on her computer, and printing them out. Then, she
goes through her notes and, if needed, has someone test her on
the material. For some subjects, such as accounting and mathematics,
Dani will rework problems that were presented in class.
Right-handed pitcher Clerisse Lemke was born in Alaska, but she
lived most of her life in Salem, Oregon. She came to HPU as a
freshman in 2003.
Clerisse is biology major, with minors in chemistry and mathematics
and an impressive 3.76 GPA. Following graduation, her immediate
plans are to go into the Peace Corps. She would like to work
with AIDS education in Africa. After completing this commitment
abroad, she expects to return to the United States and attend
“The biggest thing I like about the classes here [at HPU] is that the teachers
are really interested in their subjects and enjoy teaching,” Clerisse said.
A favorite class of hers is marine vertebrate zoology. “One of the best
labs was going out into the field and watching a professional dissect a turtle
and figuring out why it died. We’re always going out into the field and
getting hands-on experience,” she added.
Clerisse has some very basic suggestions for achieving academic success: Go to
class. Pay attention. “It makes a huge difference to pay attention in class,” she
said. “I definitely try to talk to teachers before and after class if I
don’t understand everything,” she added.
When she is not studying or playing softball, Clerisse enjoys reading and writing.
She even found enough time to write a novel, which she plans on trying to get
published. Clerisse supports a variety of campus activities and is treasurer
of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).