Stephanie T. Nguyen ’15

December 4, 2013

Hometown: Okemos, MI

Major: Biology (Pre-Veterinarian)

Minor: Chemistry

Why did you choose SJC?

Being a transfer student, I noticed that SJC’s campus is much more unified and traditional when compared to my previous college.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to finish my degree at SJC, and then further my education by going to veterinary school, hopefully at Purdue University.  After professional school, I hope to open my own practice, complete with a pet spa/grooming.  Animals need pampering too!

How do you feel about the Core Program?

Upon entering the Core Program, I was rather unsure of how it worked.  However, having completed my first semester with a Core class, I actually preferred it to “normal general education.”  I like how the classes are based upon the lecture of the week followed by class discussions.  This format allows students to express their opinions and forces us to think.

I feel that the Core Program has helped me in my other classes and vice-versa because they both offer different perspectives/approaches to the material at hand.  And it is these differences that I believe will help me after graduation.

Stephanie Nguyen '15


Stephanie (right) did a research project with Katherine Nguyen (left) for the 10th Annual Undergraduate Colloquium in 2013:

"A Study of Energy Efficiency of the Home"

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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.  

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    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.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.