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Alyssa Garde '17

Alyssa Garde `17 discovered another side to her hometown of Jacksonville as a student at IC.


As a member of the basketball team, Psi Chi Honor Society and an IC Connections leader, Garde stayed busy interacting with other students and faculty on campus. Garde, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, said one of the best parts of her college experience was being able to make close connections at IC and being so close to home, but still feeling like she was having a distinct college experience. 

“It took me coming here to realize how special my hometown of Jacksonville is. This is a great place and you can have amazing experiences in an atmosphere that is very unique. Living on campus made it so easy to get to morning practices and late night practices, plus any club meetings. You really are immersed in the college experience here.”