April 28th, 2020
Repsys, alumnus of GC from Lithuania, set to graduate from Bucknell University this May
Lewisburg, Pa. – Garrett College alumnus and native Lithuanian, Liutauras Repsys, is nearing completion of his Bachelor of Arts – biology degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. and is set to graduate this May. I A transfer student, Liu earned his associate of arts – arts and sciences degree with a mathematics/science concentration from Garrett College in May 2018.
Repsys shared that the highlight of his experience at Bucknell has been the "people, connections, and friendships."
In addition to academic rigor, a prestigious institution like Bucknell also came with some challenges, Repsys said. "As a transfer student, it was challenging to find where and how I fit into the institution. At first, the cohort from the summer helped me with this, then I slowly got to know more awesome people."
At a height of six feet nine inches, Repsys was an obvious choice for the Garrett Laker's men's basketball team. He remained active at Bucknell by participating on the CREW (rowing) team. He also played club volleyball.
"I wanted to do something besides school," reflected Repsys on his choice to participate in these, and other, activities. Of the two, he favoured volleyball. "The best part of club volleyball was that it was student-based, meaning we did not have coaches; only players with prior experience, who were both good and patient with newcomers like myself, having little to no experience. During our competitions, we were actually one of the top competitor teams."
During the summer of 2019, Repsys made the decision to return to his home country of Lithuania to spend some much-needed time with his family.
While abroad, he made the most of his time by doing something that would directly benefit him as he pursues a career in the medical field. "My original educational plan was to pursue a career to be a physician's assistant and maybe a physician one day," noted Repsys. "During my summer at home, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant. That was a fun experience."
Like many graduates, Liu's post-graduation plans are still up in the air. "I recently decided that instead of physician's assistant, I want to become a chiropractor. I have visited a school I want to go to, received a provisional acceptance, and am currently exploring funding options to continue my education."
When asked if he had anything further to add about his time at Bucknell, Repsys expressed his own frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic as a college senior about to graduate.
"This is the most horrible thing that could have happened during my senior year. As an international student, the COVID-19 pandemic caused an added challenge in that I had to petition to remain on campus. What I thought would be the best days of my time at Bucknell have been brought to an immediate halt."
Repsys, like most other college students nationwide, is completing his remaining spring semester coursework online.
Looking back on his time at GC, he describes himself as a "lost soul" and credits Garrett College for providing academic and personal guidance in his educational journey.
"Garret provided me with the opportunities to experience its vast curriculum, which met most requirements at Bucknell University. The staff and faculty gave me a sense of belonging. I appreciate everyone's support - academically and on the court."
While at Garrett, Repsys excelled in the classroom and was incredibly involved and engaged as a student by participating in a variety of on-campus events, student activities, and taking on leadership responsibilities. He served in the following roles at GC: president of the Student Government Association, student ambassador, peer tutor, work-study, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.
In the fall of 2018, he gained entry to Bucknell University after being awarded with the prestigious two-year transfer scholarship.
As part of the transfer scholarship requirements, Repsys participated in the rigorous Bucknell Community College Scholars Program in the summer of 2017, where he met the members of his transfer cohort. This extremely competitive transfer scholarship, valued more than $100,000, covers tuition for two years of full-time enrolment at Bucknell University, a private liberal arts institution.
Ashley Ruby, GC's director of advising & academic success, provided additional insight into the Bucknell Community College Scholars partnership that GC is proud to be a partner with.
"This is a highly competitive program. Eligible candidates must be willing to push themselves academically, mentally, and physically, at times," stated Ruby. "Liu demonstrated that he had the makings of a great Bucknell scholar through his countless achievements at Garrett. I am excited to see where the future will take him."
Upon meeting the academic and financial criteria, potential scholars for the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program must apply and attend the summer program immediately prior to community college graduation. Students will then return to the community college to complete his or her associate's degree, and are eligible to apply for the two-year transfer scholarship.
For more information about the Bucknell Community College Scholars Program, in addition to other transfer opportunities available at Garrett College, persons may contact Ruby at Garrett College at 301-387-3733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.