June 25, 2018
Life At Witt

Seize the Day

Irene Presper ’18 Describes Her Four-Year Transformation at Wittenberg

“Aprovecha." This is a word that I heard almost constantly when I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, this past semester. It translates directly as “take advantage,” but really is a command to “seize the day.” The Sevillanos use it in almost every context; you buy a coffee and the waitress says “aprovecha” instead of the typical “adios.”

As I’ve reflected back on my four years in college, I’ve come to realize that “aprovecha” is something that Witt has taught me to do every day. In the past four years, I’ve served as budgeting & assessment chair of Union Board, treasurer of the class of 2018, Student Center programming manager, student representative for the Teaching Effectiveness Committee, Student Organization Senator, and Delta Gamma House manager. When I wasn’t partaking in my various campus involvement activities, I was working studiously as an undecided major… then as a nursing major… and finally, as a Spanish and finance double major. Needless to say, I’ve taken advantage of every opportunity that Wittenberg has offered me and would like to provide my four years of sleep deprivation as proof.

Wittenberg has a way of challenging your beliefs and pushing you to improve yourself, not only academically, but also personally. It is in this way that I have taken the most advantage.
Irene Presper ’18

Wittenberg has a way of challenging your beliefs and pushing you to improve yourself, not only academically, but also personally. It is in this way that I have taken the most advantage. My friends from high school tell me that I am unrecognizable in the best way, and I credit everyone here for transitioning me from a moody and self-conscious freshman to a confident and spirited senior.

Now, in my last semester of college, “aprovecha” has taken on a new meaning. I’d rather take advantage of the strong relationships that I’ve made marching around campus at night or gossiping at the front desk [in the Admission Office]. Thus, instead of filling my time with student organizations and hours of studying, I’m spending more time laughing with my friends, conversing and learning from my mentors, and still not getting any sleep.


After graduation, Wittenberg will have given me much more than just a degree: it will have given me the ability to be convicted in myself; it will have given me a second mother (Michell Wilke, receptionist and campus visit coordinator for the Office of Admission); it will have given me lifelong friends. I plan to use the skills that Wittenberg has given me by passing my light on to others through a year of service in Central or South America. Although I’m not sure what the future will hold after this, you can be sure that I will continue to do as Wittenberg has taught me, and “aprovecha.”

Irene Presper ’18
Majors: Spanish and Finance
Hometown: Akron, Ohio

About Wittenberg

Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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