My name is Jenna Harper and I am from Seaford, Virginia. Before moving to Radford for college, I had never lived anywhere else. Seaford is a very small town surrounded by the Chisman Creek, the York River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. I was two months old when my parents took me on my first boat ride and that's where it all began. My older brother and I spent our entire childhood out on our boat or pulling the tube behind the jet ski's... that was until we both decided to relocate to the mountains of Radford for school. While his love for the mountains grew, I quickly realized that I was meant to be back on the water.
Something interesting about my current family situation is that we are ALL crazy cat people. Between the three households, we have 7 cats! My mom and dad have four: Daisy, Junior, Lilly, and Baxter. My brother and his girlfriend have two: Opie and Maeve. Unfortunately my boyfriend is allergic to cats, but was persuaded to keep a kitten that we rescued together, as long as he could be named after our boat: Mako.
Something that bugs me is living so far away from my hometown. Even though it is only temporary until I graduate college, I get homesick very often. I have many special people in my life that all live in Seaford including my family, boyfriend, close friends, and god-son. The drive is almost 5 hours, but I road-trip home as often as I can even if it means only getting to spend one day there.
Something important to me is the relationships that I have built with my family, my boyfriend, and my friends. I know that they will always be my best support system and that I would be lost without them.
I decided in the third grade that I wanted to become a teacher and somehow I am already about to graduate from Radford University with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I am pursuing this degree because I have a love for children and helping them grow to their full potential. I completed 2 years of student internship in a 1st grade classroom during my high school years. I knew right away that I wanted to work with younger children and that's when I decided to commit to RU. Five years from now I hope to be back home teaching in Seaford. My longterm goal as a teacher is to hopefully be able to impact and influence my students and their futures.
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