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Featured Grad: Gabby Porter-Loving '21

Featured Grad: Gabby Porter-Loving '21

Hometown: Lincoln, NE

Major: Criminal Justice Business Administration; Emphasis on Marketing

Organizations involved in at Doane: DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion): Working with the College of Business action team to drive inclusion and belonging to achieve innovation, equity, and excellence in the global community.

First off — congratulations on reaching graduation! How do you feel as you head into the next phase of your life? 

I feel equally blessed and excited as I head into my next phase or chapter of life.

What's your next step after graduation?

My next step after graduation on a personal aspect is to spend time with my children and enjoy our summer. I plan to continue to work with the College of Business DEI action team and, in the fall, look into Doane's master's program. 

How has attending Doane prepared you for your next steps?

Attending Doane has more than prepared me for my next chapter in life; It has instilled an inner knowledge that has created confidence in the person that I am.

What do you consider to be the best part of your Doane experience?

The best part about my Doane experience was the inclusion of the experience itself. The professors were fantastic and cared about your education. Peers, I am definitely taking away lifelong friends. Knowledge, working with the DEI task force, and of course, the photoshoot!

What will you miss the most about being a Doane student?

I will miss my professors; they all had so many life experiences and knowledge with great stories to go along with it! 

Who was a major influence for you during your education here, and how have they helped you?

My sister, Precious. She is the one who actually encouraged me to enroll at Doane! She has been a true support, blessing and has encouraged me at each step and turn of my journey.

What is something you're proud of achieving or accomplishing while at Doane?

I am proud of my GPA (3.82), working with the amazing DEI team, the photoshoot, and making it through Both Senior Seminars in the same term. It was something like 48 hours of homework a week, phew! 

What advice would you give to incoming students?

I would let them know this is just the beginning. Know yourself and your limits, value your health, and remember; Nothing easy is EVER worth bragging about. 

Finishing a degree is tough, to begin with, but especially so in 2020 and 2021 — what has helped you overcome the challenges of the past three semesters?

2020 presented many challenges, but Doane offered the classes and met those challenges with solutions for us as students; we just had to meet them halfway. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and pushed on! 

Finally — what are you most excited about for your future? 

I am excited about a new chapter of life, hopefully filled with the knowledge of future failures and successes!