Sarah Stines '14

March 4, 2014

Hometown: Kouts, Ind.Stines, Sarah '14

High School: Kouts High School

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Education

What clubs and activities are you involved in?

SJC Tutor (sophomore through senior year), Resident Assistant (sophomore and junior year), Telecounselor (sophomore year), Habitat for Humanity (freshman year), PEA (freshman through senior year)

How did you hear about SJC?

Since my hometown is close to SJC, I heard about the College at school from an admissions counselor who visited my high school. I chose SJC because of the size. I wanted to go to a smaller college so I would not get lost in the crowd. In addition, I knew I would be able to get into my required classes, and as an Education minor, I really liked the fact that SJC’s Professional Learning Experience (PLE) program put me in a real classroom during my first semester of college. 

How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program is a good way to take general education classes. I don't have to worry about choosing general education courses or fitting general education classes into my schedule. The Core Program allowed me to start my major my first semester at SJC. Also, in starting my major so early, I finished my major in three years, so I only have to focus on finishing my minor during my senior year. The Core Program has helped me become a better writer; it has made me analyze different topics; and it has made me think about my values and how other cultures live, which are all skills that I can use after graduation. 

Stines, Sarah '14

How have the faculty mentored you or given you personal attention?

The faculty really care about you at SJC. You are not just a number. I feel this is especially true in the Department of Mathematics. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Marge McIlwain is like family away from home. Marge invites us into her house twice a year and cooks for us. She is also always there to give advice about school, or just to talk. Marge is always willing to give extra help if needed. Professor of Mathematics Dr. Karen Donnelly was also a great influence on my Mathematics experience at SJC. Dr. Donnelly retired in the spring of 2013; however, she always took the time to help and answer questions if students did not understand the material. 

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

As a non-Catholic, I feel that although religion is a part of SJC’s curriculum, it is not forced on you. Other views are explored at SJC. When the topics of beliefs and values come up, the professors really present the material in a way that makes you think about what you believe and value. Also, just because I am not Catholic does not mean that I do not participate in Campus Ministry. I have been on the Kairos retreat and will be going as a leader. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore what I believe and value. Since SJC is smaller, the students and faculty feel like family. SJC definitely feels like home away from home. 

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

My minor is Education. Thanks to the PLE Program, I got hands-on experience in a school my very first semester. The experience continued and allowed me to spend four semesters in classrooms by the end of my junior year. I was a co-teacher, which gave me hands-on experience and will prepare me for my future.

What are your plans for the future?

After graduation, I hope to find a teaching job. I would prefer in the middle school setting. Ultimately, I would like to teach at the college level one day. 

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    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. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    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.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    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.

  • Hoop House student workers

    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.

  • Images of Students

    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.