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.
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