â€œThe science classes are definitely a challenge â€“ they want you to be the best, and itâ€™s definitely difficult,â€ Brittany said. â€œIt has made me work harder. I was scared coming from high school, but Iâ€™m doing well here, and itâ€™s helping me get to where I want to be.â€
She has set her sights on a career in medicine, possibly surgery or sports medicine. The cost of medical school looms large, but at least Brittany isnâ€™t facing the prospect of incurring a large debt for her undergraduate education, thanks to the Oregon Opportunity Grant and other scholarships.
â€œThe grant has helped me immensely,â€ she said. â€œI live with an aunt and uncle, and I didnâ€™t want them to have to pay for anything. Obviously, the price of a private school was pretty hefty.â€
Besides adjusting to the more rigorous courses, Brittany has found Linfield comfortable.
â€œI come from a really small town. My school is tiny â€“ my graduating class was something like 105 â€“ so I like it that this community is really small,â€ she said. â€œJust like in my town, everyone smiles and waves when they see you. People are super nice here.â€
That includes Linfieldâ€™s professors, whom Brittany described as â€œvery welcomingâ€ during office hours.
She does find time for recreation. Brittany, who played softball for 15 years, was named Most Valuable Player and first team all state in the Far West League in which her high school competed. At Linfield, she has played intramural volleyball and plans to play lacrosse in spring. She also would like to get more involved in community service.