By Megan Harris Messenger-Inquirer Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer | 0 comments
This time four years ago, Trisha Zivkovic, then 17, didn't have a specific school in mind.
She'd spent her whole life in Cleveland. She wanted a change.
"I did some research online and (Kentucky Wesleyan College) was one of the first schools that popped up," she said. "On my tour, I didn't see anything but the science building and I was in love. Here it was 80 degrees and at home it was snowing. I was sold."
Zivkovic joined fellow graduates Saturday at the school's 145th annual commencement on campus at the Woodward Health and Recreation Center where KWC conferred 150 bachelor's degrees in arts, music, music education and science.
Before commencement rehearsal on Friday, the zoology major said the move to Owensboro was the biggest leap of faith she'd ever taken but it prepared her for so much more. She's moving to Portland, Ore., to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary. In time, the position could lead to a full-time job.
"Moving here was like dumping cold water on my face," she said. "But now? I know I can do it, and I know KWC helped prepare me for that. I'm not scared; I'm excited."
Twin sisters Tiera and Siera Crowe, both 22, walked the same procession on Saturday. When choosing a college, the girls decided from the start they came as a pair, cross-referencing majors, initially psychology and biology, and researching faith-based institutions.
No one in their family ever attended a four-year university, Tiera said, so they stumbled through the arduous applications on their own.
But the sisters grew up. Tiera is moving to Bowling Green to work on a master's degree in clinical psychology. Siera, now a religion grad, will move home to Evansville to work at her home church.
"I'm happy but it's kind of scary, right?" Tiera said, grabbing her sister's hand. "When we leave Kentucky Wesleyan, I'll be there and she'll be back home. We've been right beside each other our whole lives. I don't know what I'm going to do without her."
Megan Harris, 691-7302, firstname.lastname@example.org
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