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Camdenton, Missouri
International Affairs & Environmental Science

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Student Spotlight: Meet Jay Gulshen

Leading by example. Showing school spirit. Connecting with professors.

Jay Gulshen has sat in his fair share of huge lecture halls. As a transfer student from George Washington University in Washington, DC, Jay says the university's size made it difficult to stand out and to connect with his professors.

"After graduating from Camdenton High School, I was determined to go to the best international relations school I could," Jay says. "I ended up at George Washington University, in the heart of DC.  While I definitely made some good memories at GW, the atmosphere on campus wasn’t what I was looking for. In the classroom, I was stuck in huge lecture halls, being taught by TA’s. Outside the classroom, I was just another face in a mass of college kids."

Still, though, Jay never really thought about transferring away from the renowned international relations program at George Washington University. Then, he visited Drury's campus. After that, the decision was an easy one.

"Small classes, personable professors, friendly and welcoming students - it’s these qualities about Drury which made it such an easy decision for me to transfer to DU," he says.

Going Wild, Fanther Style

Jay is the president of the Fanthers, Drury's student fan group that supports the university's athletics teams. The energy and excitement at Panthers and Lady Panthers games is undeniable, thanks in large part to the Fanthers. In fact, Jay says one of his favorite memories took place at a women's basketball game in the O'Reilly Family Event Center.

"We go crazy and have a lot of fun at all of our Panther athletics events," he says. "One memory which is sticking out right now is our buzzer-beater win over S&T in women’s basketball. That one was fun because it was such a dramatic game, and the Miner parents were talking some trash talk from their section! Glad we got the last laugh."

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

With his involvement in many campus organizations, Jay says he hopes to continuing honing his leadership skills, as well as making Drury a better place for current and future Panthers.

"I think I have definitely become more outgoing since arriving at Drury," Jay says. "Being a smaller school, you get to know so many people from such a wide array of backgrounds who may be here for completely different reasons than you. Besides becoming more socially outgoing, I have become highly involved in a very wide range of activities, from being a captain on the Ultimate Frisbee team to president of Fanthers to a senator in student government, to name a few. I am constantly developing my abilities as a leader."

And it's those leadership skills that he hopes to use to continue to inspire a sense of pride in Drury.

"Above all, I am just striving to make Drury a better place for all of us here, and for the classes of Panthers yet to come," he says. " In the words of our Alma Mater: 'Thy spirit as a fire urns in each breast; With courage drawn from thee We spur our quest. Grand be thy destiny, For thee we pray; Hail! Alma Mater, Drury alway!'"

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