As graduation looms, students prepare to leave JMU X-Labs

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- With this week's graduations, students are planning their future, and they are thinking about how their college experiences have shaped them.

The students are excited to see how the program continues to grow even after they graduate.

Claire Fulk and Sally Todd, JMU seniors, will walk through the doors of the JMU X-Labs one last time as students this week, but they say the experience they've gained from working in the JMU X-Labs will expand their horizons far beyond campus.

"It's been such an honor to be able to be part of the journey to get to where it is today," Fulk said.

"There have been so many opportunities," Todd said, "that I don't think I would've had if [JMU] X-Labs either didn't exist, or if I wasn't as involved."

Fulk started working with the JMU X-Labs when it was just a 3-D printer in Memorial Hall. Now the students say they see the possibilities in the labs grow every day.

"Working as a professional," Fulk said, "it's definitely not the stereotypical kind of class environment that you have down here, so I've been able to grow just with my work ethic and just as a person in general."

"I've also gotten to work with different majors," Todd said, "and I think that has helped me grow as either a team member and also as a leader."

Both Todd and Fulk want to leave an impact on the program as they leave. Earlier in the semester they presented a proposition to expand the lab space to the JMU Board of Visitors. They say they want to give back to the program that helped shape their future.