Michelle never expected the Honors Program to become such an integral part of her college experience, but she is grateful she took a leap of faith and applied. The Honors Program’s small class sizes, generally around 15 students, allows her to connect deeply with her peers and professors. She has never experienced professors “lecturing at you” in her classes because they are mainly discussion-based, which encourages critical thinking and engagement. Originally from Mount Laurel, N.J., Michelle is majoring in writing and she loves the range of courses offered in her program. “I’ve gained so much experience with writing in different genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and rhetoric, to name a few. Two of my favorite classes were writing about food and poetics of social justice. And my professors here have gone above and beyond to connect me with internships and opportunities beyond our classes. I have faculty mentors who really see the potential in their students and go out of their way to help them achieve their goals.” Michelle has had multiple internships and served as a Greyhound Ambassador since her first year and as an intern with Loyola’s Office of Undergraduate Admission since her sophomore year. She is also president of the Italian Club. To anyone wondering if Loyola would be the right fit for them, Michelle advises: “Loyola is right for students who want to make authentic, life-long connections with faculty and students and be more than a face in the crowd.” After she graduates, Michelle will begin a full-time position as a social media coordinator for Online Optimism, a marketing agency.
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