I had several favorite things about Averett. I liked living on campus even though I lived in Danville. The small classes allowed me to talk directly to the instructors, and gained one-on-one attention in my studies. Also, the family-like atmosphere of Averett made it feel like I was at home. -Connie Jennings, BA’82, MBA’07, M.Ed.’08

Connie Jennings

Connie Jennings is a three time Averett graduate. She chose Averett for its Theatre department, and Ms. Betty Smith. Ms. Smith was one of Averett’s acting, directing, and public speaking professors at the time of Connie’s enrollment. She was also an one-act theatre judge for a play Connie performed in. After seeing Connie perform in a play, Ms. Smith encouraged her to attend Averett.

Connie’s undergraduate degree in English and Theatre has helped her to obtain teaching positions at George Washington High School. Her additional graduate level degrees have helped to excel her career even more, and gave her personal satisfaction along the way.

We asked Connie what her advice was for someone debating going back to school, and she said “I would tell them to go. One of my favorite quotes is by the late blues singer, B. B. King who said, “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it from you.”

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