Jeffery Lowdermilk, who spent most of his life living in Japan and China, is a second-year student working toward a career in software engineering and will fine-tune that by specializing in research and development. His time at Centralia College is not only helping him to build a solid educational foundation, it is also helping him to adjust to education in America.
“A year ago I enrolled at Centralia College with some trepidation, not quite knowing what to expect. The prospect of entering (college), while not a cause for panic, did make me feel unsure of myself and my abilities,” said Lowdermilk. A 4.0 grade point average has certainly boosted his confidence. “Confidence is certainly no prerequisite to success but it does help,” he said.
During his first year at Centralia College, Lowdermilk worked as an instructional aide for the college’s Center for Disability Services. He worked as a mentor and tutor and provided testing and technology support for students.
As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society, Lowdermilk helped launch the first Go Green Expo, and he worked with the Twin Cities Green Team to plant trees at local parks. Lowdermilk served as a team leader in the program that introduces new high school students to college life. He continues his membership in the International Student Club, where he is an English conversation partner for foreign exchange students.
Aside from his academic life, Lowdermilk performed in two Evergreen Playhouse performances, and was a volunteer for the Washington Hispanic Festival.