Writing her own Wartburg story

NAME: Jenna Brannaman 

CLASS YEAR: 2021

HOMETOWN: Mount Vernon, Iowa  

MAJOR: Journalism and Communication

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Baldwin Leadership Fellow, Student Senate

Jenna is one of four Wartburg students chosen to attend the National Character & Leadership Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 22-23, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, as part of Wartburg’s Baldwin Leadership Fellows Program. 

WHAT SET WARTBURG APART FROM OTHER COLLEGES YOU CONSIDERED: Wartburg had been on my radar since I was 7 years old. I was going to look and make sure I had many opportunities and that my eyes were opened to schools other than Wartburg, but Wartburg had the opportunities I was looking for. I found that, though all four of my siblings and I have come to Wartburg, we can all create our own paths. We all have different passions and different organizations that we’re involved in. I’m not known as a “Brannaman,” and I can set my own name.

Jenna Brannaman

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH LEADERSHIP AT WARTBURG: I did the High School Leadership Institute (now the Leadership & Service Summit) as a student in high school, so that’s where I heard of the leadership program. There are so many ways to get involved and find your passions and grow your own leadership skills. There’s a lot of transparency and visibility between faculty and students on campus.

HOW ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE SYMPOSIUM AT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY: Right now, what we’re doing is the planning and the thought process for our projects. We’re going to go to leadership conferences in February to get some ideas for our own projects here on campus. They said it’ll be interesting to have our perspective there, because not many students get to go to this conference and it’s mainly military personnel who are there.

WHAT IS YOUR PROJECT FOR THE FELLOWSHIP: I am interested in leadership, so I want to do a smaller leadership training for students who can’t necessarily fit a minor into their schedule.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU: I’m majoring in journalism and communication with minors in business and leadership. I’ve definitely thought about higher education and leadership and seeing where that takes me. Right now, I am challenging myself to grow and find my passions.