Josie Visser '14
Hometown: Orange City, Iowa
Major: Business, Public Relations
What activities are you involved in?
Cross Country, Triathlon Team, CAP Leader, Student Alumni Association, Environmental Club, Writing Center, Speaking Center, Religious Life and Board of Directors (BOD).
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
Of my four final choices of schools to attend, all four were small private colleges in Iowa. Coe was a step above the rest. When I arrived on Coe’s campus, I knew right away that it was the right choice for me. I felt at home, made friends almost instantly and was never lacking for activities to keep me busy.
How has Coe changed your life?
Coe has shaped my future in many different ways. When I graduate from Coe I will have a liberal arts education that will allow me to work in almost any field I want to. Beyond the classroom, I have made friends that I know will be my friends for life. No matter what I do or where I go after Coe, I know I will always be part of the Kohawk family.
Have you had any internship, research or study abroad experiences?
During the spring of my sophomore year, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C., as an intern at the Embassy of Ireland. I also took a May Term trip too. During the second semester of my senior year I hope to study abroad in Ireland.
What is your Sunday habit?
My Sunday habit consists of waking up and going to church with some of my best friends at New Covenant Bible Church. We usually time it perfectly so that we get back to campus just as brunch is starting in the cafeteria. After brunch I try to fit in a quick nap, a run and then I head to the library or lobby to do homework for the rest of the night.
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class at Coe is without a doubt my First-Year Seminiar: The Turkish. We learned about the clashing and meshing of Eastern and Western cultures within Turkey. At the end of the semester, we had to come to a conclusion about whether we thought the cultures clashed or meshed more. Each day in class we had a lively discussion over the article we had read the night before. I learned more about the history and culture of Turkey than I ever thought possible. Then a year and a half later our professor led a May Term to Turkey and many of us were able to see firsthand what we had learned about in the classroom.
What so far has been your favorite memory at Coe?
During my semester in Washington, D.C., I was able to spend Saint Patrick’s Day with the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland while he was in town. I traveled with the Irish Press in the motorcade and we went from the Vice President’s house to the Capital to the State Department to the Embassy Reception and topped the day off with a visit to meet President Obama in the Oval Office. While working at the Embassy I spent weeks helping plan for the Taoiseach’s tour. It was extremely rewarding to experience the day with the Diplomats from the Embassy and to realize how much work is put into a visit that lasts only a couple of days. Spending Saint Patrick’s Day with the Irish in Washington D.C. was a unique experience that I would never have been able to have had if I'd attended another school.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
My favorite Coe tradition occurs before classes even start. On the fourth day of Orientation Week all of the first year students and the CAP leaders head to Palo Beach for the afternoon. There is a grill-out, beach volleyball, swimming and best of all, Dragon Boat Races. This tradition brings together FYS groups like no other orientation activity can. It is a unique experience that could only happen at a school the size of Coe. I have had the opportunity to participate in the races for three years (one as a first year students and two as a CAP) and it NEVER gets old.
What does Kohawk Nation mean to you?
To me being part of the Kohawk Nation means being part of the Kohawk family. Everyone who comes to Coe has an amazing opportunity to become a part of the Kohawk tradition. There is a place for everyone at Coe and there are so many opportunities for you to find your special niche. The Kohawk family is truly a collection of individuals who make up an extremely diverse and talented group of people.
How do you feel about athletics at Coe?
I run cross-country at Coe and love every second of it. I think Coe athletics does a great job of emphasizing that athletes at Coe are student-athletes. Our purpose at Coe is two-fold; we are here to get a great education while participating in the sport(s) we love. Coaches and professors alike work together so that each student is able to balance their academic and athletic commitments. Being a student-athlete at Coe is hard, but worth the work.
What should every student do before they graduate?
Do something you are scared to do. Whether that means taking a really hard math class, joining a club you don’t know much about or studying in Africa for a semester, just do it. College is the time in your life where you are supposed to be exploring and finding out what you like and dislike. It is OK to do something and realize afterward that you never want to do it again. Chances are it will make you more aware of what you want to do after your time at Coe is over.