Kristina Hemmerling '14

February 25, 2014

Hometown: Schererville, Ind.

High School: Lake Central High School

Majors: English: Creative Writing and Art

Clubs and Activities:  Track and Field, features co-editor for The Observer (SJC student newspaper), and art editor for Measure (SJC student literary/arts magazine).

Why did you choose SJC?

My high school track coach told me about SJC. I visited the campus and really liked the small-campus atmosphere. Then, SJC’s track coach recruited me. I did consider other schools, but I chose SJC because of the small class sizes and the fact that everyone seemed really personable.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

I think Core is a good program. I think that it has helped me in my major through readings and discussions. I have become a better speaker, and I am able to integrate a lot of new information easily. After graduation, Core will hopefully be the extra step I need to get a good job.

How have the faculty mentored you?

The faculty at SJC are great. They really reach out to their students and help you if you need anything. Two teachers I've had that have really helped me are Professor of English Charley Kerlin and Associate Professor of Art Bonnie Zimmer. Both of them really help students get involved in their courses and other aspects of campus life, such as clubs. Through their help, I have become quite confident in my two majors.

How do you feel about your faith and opportunities for service at SJC?

As a Catholic, I have found that there are many opportunities for service at SJC. Campus Ministry makes available many different occasions for service, such as volunteering at local food pantries and going to the ProLife March in Washington, DC. Just having a chapel on campus is helpful and makes going to Mass on Sundays very simple. Through going to Mass and having the Core Program, I have had to explore my beliefs and values frequently. During this process, I have come to the conclusion that as long as you try in some aspect of your life, you can change things for the better.

How are you getting real-life, hands-on experience?

Many things at SJC have enabled me to gain hands-on experience in my fields. As a senior, I am required to take Senior Portfolios for both Creative Writing and Art. Having completed my Art course, I have really learned a great deal about becoming a professional artist both through texts and actual practice of the process. Along with this, I had an internship the summer before my junior year at the Prairie Arts Council in town. This was a different aspect of the Art world, but I gained a great deal of experience in organizing shows and relating with artists. Working for both The Observer and Measure have helped me understand the deeper workings of the writing world, and this semester, I have an internship in SJC's Integrated Marketing Office where I assist with Contact, the College's alumni magazine. I am sure the internship will give me another aspect of education in the writing and publishing world.

What are your plans for the future?

What I would love to do after graduation is to write and get published, but that takes time. I also enjoy editing, so if I could get into the publishing business doing that, it would be great.


Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.