Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Photography
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
“I came to MCAD because I knew I didn’t want to leave the state and it was one of the first schools to grab my interest. I went to all of the orientation events and they got me really excited. The huge photo studios here really caught my eye.”
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Print Paper Book
“I'm enjoying my time at MCAD because it has opened up a lot of opportunity through my classes and professors and networking in the Twin Cities. The more you invest in MCAD, the more they invest in you.”
Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Graphic Design
“I decided to transfer to MCAD because I really liked the quality of work I saw coming out of the graphic design major and the school in general. The faculty here, especially the design faculty, they really care about students’ work and they really like our stuff to get better and for us actually succeed. They really really care.”
“St. Scholastica is great at making everyone feel important. In a general sense, when you feel important, you’re going to feel the need to learn, create, or do something. CSS does this in a way that doesn’t come with pressure. One thing I know is that the professors at CSS care about students expressing themselves."
“The friendships I have formed at Bethel will follow me for the rest of my life, both with my peers and my professors. I have developed a wide appreciation and ability through my liberal arts education to learn and adapt quickly, which may be the most valuable academic skill out there.”
“Students are there for each other in a variety of ways at Bethany. If someone is struggling academically, students help each other with homework or concepts they may not understand. If someone is struggling mentally or emotionally, sometimes a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on can help more than we will ever know. And if someone is struggling spiritually, students remind each other of the precious Gospel message of forgiveness and bring friends to chapel with them. I’m happy to be in a place with so many people who value God’s Word as much as I do. The friends I’ve made at Bethany will be lifelong friends. These are the kinds of people I want in my life and I’ve found them here at Bethany.”
“Augsburg has helped me to become somebody who’s passionate and interested in helping and connecting with people. I’m more aware of my skills artistically. I didn’t have that epiphany until I came to Augsburg. I’m Lauren amplified now. Lauren before was cool. I knew that, but now I know more about communication, design, photography, social justice, and about being good to people.”
"I chose Mac for its emphasis on internationalism. The classes are incredibly insightful, and so are the conversations that spring from them. Beyond that, the many active clubs and college departments on campus create a learning process that involves the whole person — their character, their ethics and their compassion."
“At St. Scholastica, I have met so many inspirational and unique people from all over. We're just one big family watching out for each other while pushing one another to strive to be the best we can be in all phases of life."
“Everyone deserves support, and I think St. Scholastica is a great place to get that support. Everywhere you walk here, someone cares about you, which inspires me to go out and care about other people.”
The College of St. Scholastica – Phychology and Biology
Hometown: South St. Paul, Minn.
“Everywhere you go on this campus, people believe in you. Because of them, I’ve acquired the skills I need for my future endeavors, met friends I’ll have for the rest of my life, defined myself and been inspired to live a meaningful life. I feel truly blessed to call The College of St. Scholastica not only my school, but my home.”
"Everyone at St. Olaf is passionate about something. It’s what makes people here interesting. And there is great faculty support on campus to help you experiment with new interests, and to drill down into the things you care about."
Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research fellowship
"CSB is a women’s college and SJU is a men’s college. However, everything we do — from classes to intramurals to just hanging out — is done together as Bennies and Johnnies. Because we are separate institutions, I feel empowered being constantly surrounded by an amazing group of women. At the same time, I love all my Johnnie friends and much of the time you can find me over at SJU!"
Saint John's University – Chemistry major and French minor
Hometown: Orange, N.J.
"I came to CSB/SJU looking to make connections with people that I am not used to encountering back home. I’ve become friends with many great Bennies and Johnnies from the U.S. and from around the world. I’ve also been able to take a variety of courses that have opened my eyes to talents I never knew I had."
"Concordia has given me the world: both literally and figuratively. I love traveling and embracing other aspects of the world, but having the opportunity to physically live in another country through a study away experience gave me insight in reverse: I now appreciate home more than ever."
“If I had to go back and make the college decision all over again, I would choose Gustavus every single time. The experiences I’ve had here and the people I’ve met have shaped me into the person I’ve always dreamed of becoming. My professors genuinely cared about my success, and they challenged me to be better inside and outside of the classroom. My classmates were passionate, overachieving, well-rounded, and humble — I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future. I am excited to attend medical school next year, but I am so sad to say goodbye to this place that has become my home. Once a Gustie, always a Gustie.”
"St. Thomas prepared me for professional life outside of the classroom. I quickly learned various levels of professionalism and that there was a time and place for everything. My major courses in social work allowed me to mock typical tasks in my current job. The interviews, group work, needs assessments, graphs, charts, case notes, and fieldwork group conversations are all tasks I do weekly. By the time I started working, I felt like a natural. In the classes we often used our own life, family, and community stories as part of our work. Allowing myself to experience that vulnerability allows me to better relate to my clients."
"I chose Carleton because of its quirkiness, its plethora of traditions, its safe location, the students that I met while I visited, the activities that people do, and the 'work hard, play hard' feel of the school."
Gustavus Adolphus College – Communications Studies
Hometown: Grantsburg, Wis.
"I don't think I realized it, but Gustavus was preparing me for my future from the minute that I stepped on campus. As soon as I got to interact with current students — as soon as I got to meet faculty members and see the way students treated each other and smiled at me as they held open the door, I felt that this was a place that I could call home for the next four years. It was the best decision I've ever made."