(MERIDIAN) Moving far away from home to attend college is not unusual for many people. Some travel halfway around the world; some travel across a state or region. One of the many advantages of attending Broadview University is that the school is conveniently located within commuting distance for most of its students—one exception is Jenay Leger. The Boise campus student recently decided 2,662 miles was too far to commute, so she boarded a plane—determined to defy the odds.
Jenay’s experience with Broadview University actually started last July. The girl from Ashburnham, Massachusetts, had fallen in love with an airman from Maryland. They were living on nearby Mountain Home Air Force Base when she decided to enroll in the school’s business program. By the end of the year after successfully completing two quarters, Jenay was already on her way back home. Determined to continue with her education, her only option was to become an online student.
“I really liked the ability to go online but quickly decided I didn’t like learning online,” she said. “It took me about a month to realize I wanted to come back.”
Boyfriend now out of the picture, Jenay spent the next two quarters working on two things: her online classes and a plan to return to Idaho. She did both successfully. With a roommate lined up in Downtown Boise, she boarded a plane on June 26 and never looked back.
“My parents say, ‘Jenay, you are crazy for going so far away,’ but they are very supportive because they know it’s what I want to do,” she says. “I don’t have a car or a job, but I am determined to make it happen.”
Jenay rides the bus to school each day and she is working closely with Lisa Peterson, the school’s career services director, in order to find a job. She expects to graduate with her associate’s degree in Business Administration next year and says she will most likely return home to Massachusetts after that. Until then, she is loving life here in Idaho and living the dream.
“My advice to anyone is to follow your dreams,” she says. “Whatever you think is best—do it!”