I love Hillsdale College because its people are committed to loving the right things. I was homeschooled, and dreamed of attending Hillsdale from the age of 12. My wildest dreams did not come close to predicting how well Hillsdale would teach me to love true, good, and beautiful things, nor what incredible friendships I would form. Thanks to Hillsdale, I can call fellow students, professors, and the greatest thinkers of Western Civilization my lifelong friends—friends who will never let me stop growing, but will continually call me to higher things.— Jill Buccola
Jill is a native of the Seattle area, and as a Hillsdale student, served as co-president of the Honors Program, was involved in Sigma Alpha Iota and Hillsdale Christian Fellowship, played center in intramural football and French horn with the Symphony Orchestra, sang backup vocals with the student country band The Pickled Beats, taught music in local elementary schools, and worked as a Resident Assistant and at Mossey Library. She graduated in 2013 with a major in history and a minor in English. After teaching junior high and high school history and literature and coaching football, basketball, and track at a public charter school in the Phoenix, AZ area, Jill earned a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, studying nineteenth-century German religious history. She enjoys reading, discussing theology, playing the piano, and training for sprint triathlons.