Raising strong-willed and independent daughters, Jill and John Farmer knew their girls would want to chart their own course when it came to choosing a college, though they certainly thought Drake should be on the list.
After all, Drake University is where Jill and John’s story together began. Jill (
But their Drake story didn’t end when they graduated. As a member of the National Alumni Board, John stays connected with alums across the country. Both John and Jill help Drake graduates network with successful
St. Louis alumni. Given their ongoing involvement, Drake was an obvious choice for their daughters, but they didn’t push it.
“Our oldest, Peyton, made it very clear she wanted to go her own way,” notes Jill. But then something happened during the college search process. “We were in Des Moines visiting family and she begrudgingly let us show her campus. Turns out, she really liked it and that began to turn the tide.”
“Although we never pushed it, I must admit it’s been pretty exciting having our girls at Drake,” says John. “We get to share our old traditions and watch from a distance as they make their own Drake memories. It’s been more fun than I ever imagined.”