College Students, Alums Share Their School Choices

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Current students and recent graduates picked their colleges for various reasons, including campus culture and study abroad opportunities.

Current students and recent graduates picked their colleges for various reasons, including campus culture and study abroad opportunities.

Learn how these nine students and grads found the school that fit them the best.

Why I Chose Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Isha Pandya, sophomore

As a high school junior, I visited my sister, then aBryn Mawr Collegesophomore. I came home certain the college was right for me.

The faculty and staff seem eager to help every student find her passion. In high school, I used to make educational videos on YouTube. Once I got to Bryn Mawr, I talked to people in the communications department and was hired to make videos to capture the experiences of past, current and future students.

Why I Chose Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Saraiya Ruano, 2013 graduate

I grew up near Colorado College, so I knew a lot about the school and its “block plan” before I applied. Students take one course at a time, each lasting three-and-a-half weeks, which has allowed me to immerse myself in painting and fiction writing.

Students can even design their own blocks or apply for a $1,000 Venture Grant to work on projects on or away from campus, as I did visiting the Navajo Nation and parks in Colorado to paint. CC has been a source of intellectual and creative fulfillment.

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Why I Chose Davidson College (Davidson, N.C.)
Mark Angel, 2013 graduate

When I first came to Davidson College, I knew I’d enter a small, academically rigorous community with a strong Honor Code; that my professors would challenge me; and that I’d enjoy our beautiful Lake Campus and cheer for our athletic teams.

Davidson gave me so much more, though. As a biology major, I learned how a biologist thinks, especially through my original research with a neuroscience professor. I enjoyed it, but I realized I wanted to use my critical thinking and analytical skills in a way that would have a more direct impact.

After talking with alumni, I felt a business career might let me do just that. My adviser helped tailor my class schedule to my new interests. Davidson’s alumni network then helped me land a job after graduation. This path would have never been possible without the support of the Davidson family.

Why I Chose John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Ark.)
Rebecca Ridings, 2013 graduate

I followed my sister to John Brown University and was struck by the beauty of the campus’s blooming dogwoods and its peacefulness. JBU’s small class sizes and professors that care only made me feel more at home.

The school may be small, but resources like our new Berry Performing Arts Center and the Balzer Technology Center enable students to pursue multiple interests at once. As part of my degree program, I traveled to Ireland for a month, where I met with international faculty members and talked to local residents about Belfast’s rich and often tumultuous history.

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Why I Chose Marymount Manhattan College (New York)
Lindsey Sullivan, senior

Marymount Manhattan College is a gem of a liberal arts college just blocks from Central Park. The college fosters a sense of community within its student body, who are encouraged to make the most of the city’s offerings.

The school minimizes the usual class hierarchy. Seniors may collaborate with sophomores on the next student government association proposal; incoming “Griffins” can make new friends at the popular Admitted Students Day karaoke and ice cream bar or mingle with fellow students at the annual Apple Fest block party.

Why I Chose Spelman College (Atlanta)
Jasmine Ellis, junior

When I was 10, my father first told me about Spelman College and its history of drawing women of color from around the world and producing noted leaders.

I’ve had classes in public speaking; spent a semester shadowing the executive director of Spelman’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement; and been offered the chance to attend conferences, workshops and seminars with leaders in various professions from engineering to the arts.

Why I Chose Tulane University (New Orleans)
Maddie Ross, 2013 graduate

Tulane University fosters a rich academic environment and a culture of engagement on and off campus. The university offers interdisciplinary majors, small class sizes and public service internships that enable all students to translate their classroom knowledge into real-world situations.

As a public health major and premed student, I was able to spend an eye-opening semester living in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, working as a public health educator. Later, I had a chance to intern in New Orleans with a nonprofit that worked to reduce the spread of HIV in local communities.

Tulane students value the culturally rich city around them. It’s hard not be enamored by the gumbo, jazz melodies and “second line” parades that one can only find here.

Why I Chose University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.)
Roshan Palli, junior

I came to the University of Kentucky for the community: Students, faculty, staff and administrators collaborate to enhance the education and experiences of UK’s student body.

Our beautiful, open campus hosts more than 500 student organizations, like the group that organizes Dance Blue, the annual dance marathon that this year raised more than $1 million for cancer research.

UK encourages freshmen to participate in research with professors and take on leadership positions. I was able to study with an economics professor the effects of tax policy on where people choose to live.

Why I Chose Washington University in St. Louis
Mariah Cushman, junior

I chose Washington University in St. Louis not only for its wonderful academic reputation, but also because, even on my first visit, I sensed the passion, excitement and mutual supportiveness that binds together the school’s tight-knit community.

As a chemical engineering major, I’ve been able to pursue research in on-campus labs, intern at a national laboratory in São Paulo, Brazil, and develop other interests from intramural soccer to Spanish.

Wash U’s drop-dead gorgeous campus in the city makes it easy to take a break to ice skate in nearby Forest Park, eat Italian food in The Hill neighborhood and attend arts festivals downtown.

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I'am college graduate and father of three daughters; Jasmine Sherry 17, Rean 16, and Dana 14. Most of my employment years i spent in the restaurant management field. I worked for financial institutions as well at the same time in marketing and finance. My favorite job of all times is working for Taste Freeze as a fry and milk shake attendant. It was the atmosphere that i dig the best. People around me effect everything in my life, not the position. By the way i was 17 years of age then. Here and there i was involved in local politics, like the high school shut down because of a protest or a rally, and in college i got in trouble for bringing beer to the football game. I was a student Government and suppose to behave like a student Senator. I was in the spot lite as i excused myself, it was a brush and let go. I like student clubs, group, well we get to raise hell together after something like a project or a meeting. AISEC was my favorite. The international Association of Students In Business and Economics, it sound different in french. I went to grad School because my sisters drove me to it, one with a Master and the other beyond Grad School, and my employer paid for it, i ended up with an MBA in Marketing Management. I went on to work for both the public and the private Sector as a Marketing Coordinator representing the JTPA to everyone in seven Southeast Los Angeles County Cities. Press releases, and cities meeting were the top priorities of my work load agenda. We were funded by the State through the Federal act of Job Training Partnership Act, therefore we had to cater to the local politicians such as assemblymen, congressmen, and senators too, like what her name, Diane Feinstein and Miss Boxer. Funny I learn how to be real young, i mean very young, well extremely young as all those who like to post their high school photo for the public to recognize them, as local public officials told me to do so because that's how most people knew them. i like water sports, or hobbies like fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and just plain sit on a sandy beach, read, and dip in that water when i feel like it. Listen to music and enjoy people watching as well. It is amazing how much you can learn from watching others. That's what we were brought up doing anyway. Now i spent most of my times developing websites , writing, scouting for high quality contents and show time images, as i post on my digital publications. I consider myself lucky because i had great parents who devoted their time to raise me and looked after me to have education. i hope to continue making a difference in others for as much as i can, and as little as they comprehend and retain from any of my publications contents. I feel it is part of our life journey to contribute positive anything to everything around us.

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