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.” Through her major, she developed a close connection with Allen Brizee, Ph.D., associate professor of writing, through his role as her advisor and writing professor: “He went above and beyond to connect me with an employer that allowed me to gain experience and academic credit as a writing intern for Loyola’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Mentors like Dr. Brizee really see the potential in their students and go out of their way to help them achieve their goals.” Along with her position as a writing intern, Michelle has served as a Greyhound Ambassador since her first year and 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.”
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