Name: Jeanne Stroud
Residence: Charleston, S.C.
Jeanne Stroud said that her Winthrop Experience has been very surprising.
“Surprising in the absolute best way possible,” said the junior English major and long-distance runner. “There is so much to offer here, we have strong departments across the spectrum … it adds a beauty and a determination to show that we have a lot of offer.”
Stroud has provided a few surprises of her own this year with a breakout track season.
The Charleston native won the 10,000 meter run at the Big South Conference meet this spring and made it a double victory by winning the 5K in a time of 16:59.40 to set a new Big South Championships meet record.
By capturing both races, Stroud was named the Women's 2013 Most Outstanding Track Performer. She was also voted the 2013 Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's sports information directors to make a clean sweep of that honor after receiving it in cross country and 2012-13 indoor track. She has compiled a 3.958 grade point average while majoring in English.
A runner since sixth grade, she loves the feeling of running daily and hasn’t stopped once she started.
Yet Stroud is equally proud of her work in the classroom. Running track and cross country forces her to manage her time wisely. “I attribute it to grace under pressure,” she said.
The English major loves reading and learning about the works of different authors. “You learn so much about the human condition in my classes,” said the diminutive runner. “We learn about psychology, sociology, science and economics, all from reading novels and poems. It is a beautiful way to learn about the world because it is artistic rather than straightforward.”
After commencement, she plans to attend graduate school in library science so she can work in a university, public or corporate library.
She can see steady growth not only in her running but her classroom work, her critical thinking and writing. “There are those special moments and it is hard to pinpoint, when I am sitting in class and realize how much I have learned,” Stroud said. “I realize how narrow my thinking was in high school… I love that my English professors have pushed me.”
Last updated: 4/29/13
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