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Meet a Mustang: Jenn Fabian '15

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Each month, the 123 eNewsletter features 10 questions with a member of our alumni community. This month, take a moment to get to know Jenn Fabian '15.

Jenn Fabian '15 is currently a sophomore at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jenn is an active alumni volunteer. In 2016, she served as a teaching assistant for the Career Explorations Opportunities course led by Ms. Kim Peeples, director of the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership. Jenn is also looking forward to spending her summer at Breck as a college intern.

Ten Questions

1. Current college plans?

As of now, I’m planning on double-majoring in Politics & International Affairs and Communications and minoring in Spanish.  I may end up adding a Statistics minor somewhere in there too but we’ll see!  I'll also be spending the fall of 2017 studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2. What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley.  She’s a female entrepreneur, designer, and small-business owner and I really resonated with her message of simplifying your life to focus on what matters most while embracing the beauty—and mess—that comes along with building and creating a grace-filled life.

3. What’s one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?

Probably the decision to attend international summer programs starting in 2009.  Being a seventh grader and boarding a plane to Spain for three weeks with people I'd never met was in the moment terrifying, but it was the catalyst for travel and exploration becoming a huge part of my life, not to mention it led to a significant amount of personal growth.

4. Tell us about your favorite Breck memory?

As cliché as it might be, so many of my favorite Breck memories revolve around sports games my senior year.  Standing together with my entire grade cheering on the people we’ve known since practically infancy—there’s really nothing like it.  Storming the field after the boys soccer team won the section semi-final soccer game, losing my voice from cheering after the boys hockey section final game, and swaying, arms around each other, singing the alma mater after the last home football game will always hold special memories in my heart!  Mrs. Swenson’s circus in kindergarten also ranks pretty highly up there.

5. Name three people—living or dead—you would have dinner with.

Ernest Shackleton: an early 20th century Antarctic explorer.  I checked out a book from the Lower School Library on him in the 2nd grade and have been fascinated ever since.

My great-grandfather, known to me and my family as Daddy Wayne: he fought and was killed in World War II.  

Laura Ingalls Wilder: I spent a good portion (read: far too long) of my childhood obsessed with her and her family’s adventures.  I have the pictures—and outfits—to prove it.

6. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

Flying!  Maybe cliché but how cool would it be!!!!!

7. What teacher inspired you most?

So, so many Breck teachers were instrumental in forming me into the person I am today.  However, Mrs. Peeples had the ability to hold me to a high standard, pushing me to work harder and do better because she believed I could.  Her genuine love for each of her students inspires me every day.

8. What words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?

You don't always have to pretend to have your life together.  

9. Advice for recent Breck grads?

I am definitely still a recent Breck grad, so probably ask me this question again in ten years.  I think my biggest piece of advice would be to remember your roots and remember the people who got you where you are.

10. Why is it important for you to stay connected to Breck?

As a superlifer, I spent fifteen years at Breck.  The school and the people (both teachers and students) made me who I am today.  Breck gave me so much: lifelong friends, the ability to enhance my leadership skills, and the space and resources to help me find and develop my passions—all while pushing and challenging me to grow, not only as a student at Breck but as a citizen of the world.  It almost feels as though it’s my responsibility—one that I enjoy—to give back even just a small fraction of what the school gave to me.