Cooper Couch ’14

Hometown: Enid, OK

High School: Oklahoma Bible Academy

Major/Minor: Undecided

Activities: ASL (American Sign Language) Club, Language Tables, French and Spanish activities, Relay for Life, Admissions Summer Intern and Receptionist, Alianza

Study Abroad: I plan on going abroad to a Spanish-speaking country for one semester my junior year. My top two choices are Madrid, Spain and Valparaiso, Chile.

Why did you choose Middlebury?

There were many factors involved in my decision to come to Middlebury including: the 9:1 student-faculty ratio, need-blind admission policy, the college’s community involvement, and, of course, the language programs. But the major deciding factor was the passion I saw in practically every student. Middlebury is home to a diverse group of elite students who are involved in a wide range of activities. From Capoeira (a Brazilian martial arts club) to Dolci (a student-run restaurant – tickets sell out fast), there is always something goinog on within the 160+ student organizations on campus. Middlebury students are active, engaged, and determined in what they do. Together they form a thriving atmosphere where learning is synonymous with growth. The college does a fantastic job of providing opportunities to meet the needs of such passionate individuals. There is no place else I would rather be than Middlebury College.

Why/How did you choose your major?

I am undeclared at the moment, but I plan on declaring some kind of science as a major. I want to be a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner at the moment, but who knows? I could end up changing my mind a thousand times before I actually decide. I am debating on whether or not I want to double major or minor in Spanish as well.

What was your biggest challenge transitioning into the college atmosphere?

My biggest challenge transitioning to college is definitely not a common one. I had a lot of responsibilities at home taking care of my dad who is disabled and legally blind due to health complications. It was just my dad and me living at home my senior year, and I was responsible for balancing the checkbook, cleaning the house, taking him to his doctor’s appointments, working so we could buy groceries, etc. Coming to Middlebury meant leaving my dad at home in Oklahoma with my 16-year-old brother. It was very difficult to leave my family, but I have learned a lot from it; it was what I needed to do. The Middlebury community as a whole has made my transition to college a wonderful experience. The Res-Life Staff have been fantastic. I am very happy to call Middlebury home for the next 4 years. 

What is your fondest memory of Middlebury thus far?

This is by far the toughest question on this list. After countless hours of wrestling back and forth in my mind for an answer, I’ve decided that my fondest memory of Middlebury so far was Thanksgiving Break. I know, I know! Technically I wasn’t even on campus, but it’s part of the college experience! I’ve never celebrated a major holiday without my family, but this school year one of my closest friends invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her family in New Jersey, and I had a blast! It’s so comforting to know you can feel “at home” when home is actually 2,000 miles away! We made it into a road trip and car pooled with some friends on the way. I even made it up to New York City on Black Friday! At Middlebury, I feel like I have just the right balance between social life and academics.

What is your favorite class/Who is your favorite professor?

My favorite class was French 101 with my favorite professor, Madame Creedon. Beginning French meets five days a week in the Fall, J-Term, and Spring, so it’s a year-long process. The only English spoken in class was the first half of class on the first day to explain to us the basics of the course. After that, class was only in French, which shortly proved to bring us closer together as a class. Madame Creedon was very precise in her teaching and quick to correct us when a mistake was made, but she made the class a very enjoyable time. The beginning few classes were very entertaining because we could only answer her questions with basic sentences like “je vais à la bibli” or “déjà?!” What was even more entertaining was when we had no idea what she was asking or what we were saying with our responses. It was a great class.

What do you do in your spare time?

Generally I run, workout at the fitness center, read a good book, hang out at Crossroads Café or the Grille, go on a bike ride, head into town and explore, go to the Farmer’s Market, travel the surrounding areas, practice Spanish and French with friends and faculty, play piano, sing, and cook. More specifically during the school year I go to ASL Club, hang out with the CRA’s of Atwater, Wonnacott, and Cook, help with Relay for Life, attend dance performances at the CFA, go to the MCAB Free Friday Films, eat at Language Tables for lunch, sit in on science lectures, or hang out with friends.

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