Mark Maes '15

March 25, 2014

Hometown: Culver, IN

 High School: Culver High School

 Major: Business Administration (Marketing)

Minor: Communication

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Maes, MarkHow did you hear about SJC?

Several people in my family have been Pumas. My mother, sister, and two of my cousins graduated from SJC, and my cousin is currently a student here. I guess you can say that SJC runs in my blood.

Why did you choose SJC?

I previously attended a large university where I felt like I was being swallowed up. It was difficult to meet new people, get involved in activities, and focus on my school work. I needed a place that made me feel comfortable; I needed a place that felt like home, and SJC provides that for me. Fortunately, my credits transferred beautifully, and I did not have to start completely over like I thought I would.

Maes, MarkAt SJC, the class sizes are so much smaller than they were at my old school. Here, you are not just a number; the professors actually take an interest in you and care about whether or not you succeed. Unlike at my previous school, most of the professors at SJC make attendance part of their grade scale. Therefore, you have to come to class, which makes learning inevitable.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

At SJC, you are not only getting your degree. You are also in the process of learning to be a valued, educated member of society through Core. At my old school, I had to take general classes before I could even start my major. Here, I get to start my major ASAP, while becoming a well-rounded individual through Core. I am very fond of our Core Program.

It’s funny because I’ve found myself quoting things we’ve learned in Core outside of class to my friends. The Core Program helps me with my other classes because it gives me a broader way of thinking, instead of looking at things narrow mindedly.

Maes, MarkHave you found it easy to make friends and become involved here at SJC?

It’s so easy to make friends and get involved at SJC. Rather than getting swallowed up in the hustle and bustle of a larger university, you are able to meet people easily. The RAs do a fantastic job of getting the residents on their floors involved with one another. The College itself also does a great job by putting on fun activities to get the students involved such as dances, comedians, and more.

What are your plans for the future or what career plans do you have?

I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with the rest of my life or where I want to end up, but I do know that I want to possibly attend law school and end up working for a major business somewhere. We’ll just have to see what God has in store for me.

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