January 31 2017
“Five Under Five” is a new series featuring five questions with an Elmira College alumnus who graduated within the last five years. This series begins with Peter Lane who graduated from Elmira with the Astonishing Class of 2012 with a bachelor of arts in history. Upon graduation, he attended Syracuse University where he earned his MBA. Peter currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is serving as a Captain at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
1. What is your fondest memory of your time at Elmira?
My study abroad trip to San Salvador, Bahamas is my fondest Elmira memory. As a history major, I found the opportunity to study marine biology under Dr. Kjar and Dr. Gillie a series of memories that I still reflect upon today.
2. What is the most valuable lesson you learned in or out of the classroom at Elmira?
All of the students made transformational journeys between the time of our arrival and graduation. I learned that with the right atmosphere and time, every individual grows. Don't be negative about the relationships that didn't work out, but instead be happy, learn from the experiences you had, and invest in the relationships that still thrive.
3. How did your experience at Elmira impact your passions in your career and who you are today?
Before Elmira College, my passion for service came from my parents and my community involvement as a teenager. My passion for learning came to fruition during my studies at Elmira. The professors’ consistent challenges in conjunction with the competition of my peers made me want to be the best version of myself. This deep passion is still with me today. While I served in Europe and Asia as a junior officer, I maintained that passion through higher education. Upon my return to the United States I applied to Special Operations in the Army knowing only the top 25% of candidates were accepted. Apprehensively I waited and was accepted. That passion has led me to where I am today.
4. What advice do you have for current undergrads or students considering attending Elmira?
With an education at a private college you will have the time, resources, and like-minded peers around you to develop yourself and become the best person you can be. For those of you attending, I challenge you to keep your door open, put away the social media, video games, and television, and spend time with the people around you. This is your chance to broaden your outlook on the world, use it wisely.
5. What is the best thing about being an Elmira alum?
Elmira provides alumni with a network of accessible faculty, peers, and mentors that graduates can reach out to for answers. Whenever you have a question, do not be afraid to reach out to the men and women that went before you.
Stay tuned for next week’s Five Under Five story which spotlights Kat Slye ’12, a research project assistant at the University at Albany.