My reasons for choosing to study at Seattle University: Since all of my previous schooling had been in the public school system, I wanted to go to a private University. It really impressed me that Seattle U. stood for something (justice, service, education, etc.). I wanted to attend a university that openly stood for something. So many other colleges hesitate when asked the question "What do you stand for?" In addition, programs such as F&GI and Latin American Studies attracted me.
My reasons for choosing to be an F&GI student: The organization of the program was impressive. I really enjoy taking classes that fit in with the others so well.
My reasons for choosing to be a part of the F&GI ARC: I wanted to be a part of a community and support system my first year of college. As an incoming freshman and an only child, I was somewhat wary of brand new experiences, and wanted to meet a lot of people that I could study with and become fast friends with.
My achievements - from my high school years to the present - of which I am especially proud: I was Senior Class Vice President, Secretary of the Spanish Club, Secretary of the Honor Society, and took some AP classes, which were all very good experiences. In addition, I was a board member and office assistant to the director of the community service organization affiliated with my High School‚s Student Oriented Community Service Program. Through S.O.C.S., I taught an after-school Spanish class at the local middle school. I was also a reading tutor, and received college credit from Eastern Washington University.
Activities in which I am involved at Seattle U.: Children's Literacy Project, Seattle University Chorale, and Women's Chorale.
My personal interests, especially those that are unusual: I like to train horses, play the piano, swing dance, and eat cheesecake.
My talents and traits that I and others have recognized: I have an uncanny ability to make people smile! I can sing well.
My personal ambitions: I want to get a double major in Spanish and Fine Arts, my masters in Elementary Education, and teach anywhere I can improve the lives and education of children - by using my bilingual skills while I'm at it. Later I hope to fall in love, have a few children, and travel as much as my teacher's salary allows.
What else would I like said about me on the web page? I'm a vivacious blond who enjoys romantic sunsets and walks on the beach, but that doesn't mean I'm a ditz.
My reasons for choosing to study at Seattle University: The smaller classes definitely helped me decide which school to attend. I find it easier for me to learn this way. Also, after coming to visit the school, I found that SU had a positive environment.
My reasons for choosing to be an F&GI student: I wanted to challenge myself and also learn with different religions incorporated within the regular studies.
Activities in which I am involved at Seattle U. : U.C., SEA, Malians Club
My personal interests: Writing
My personal ambitions: For now, I would like to actually decide on a major that will make me happy and successful in life.
My reasons for choosing to study at Seattle University: best financial aid package in combination with the availability of English and creative arts majors. Also, I attended a Catholic high school with a Jesuit parish priest.
My reasons for choosing to be an F&GI student: connecting the core subjects in terms of subject matter seemed like a great idea (no pun intended), especially because it sounded like it would help me better retain information from core classes (that I might not have otherwise been passionate about) by connecting the materials to classes that I was really interested in. Also, connecting the classes seemed like it would give me a better understanding of the subject matter in context, as well as in relationship to what was being discovered, studied, questioned, written about, and celebrated.
My achievements - from my high school years to the present - of which I am especially proud: contributing to the stage crew and creative writing publications.
Activities in which I am involved at Seattle U.: just F&GI, but I'm taking a salsa class too.
My personal interests, especially those that are unusual: working out, writing. Your personal ambitions: I'd like to graduate at some point, become physically fit, and write or edit at some point in the distant future.
My reasons for choosing to study at Seattle University: Seattle is the greatest city and Seattle U. has a nice environment with good people. I won't get lost in a crowd but there is lots to do to not get bored. The idea of a liberal education was appealing to me as well.
My reasons for choosing to be an F&GI student: I was excited about learning both history and faith, and when all of the classes are connected by the same ideas it's easier to get a handle on the material. Not having to worry about the structure and quality of the classes was a bonus, too.
My reasons for choosing to be a part of the F&GI ARC: I wanted to be close to my classmates to share ideas and have an easily accessible study aid if I needed it.
My achievements - from my high school years to the present - of which I am especially proud: I sang with my high school's Vocal Jazz Ensemble for three years; we won 1st place at a few jazz festivals, sang at Seattle's Jazz Alley and Carnegie Hall, NY.
Your personal interests, especially those that are unusual: Lindy hop dancing, ice skating, painting, hiking.
Your personal ambitions: I want to travel, and as a career I'd like to work with children either on a psychological level or as a teacher. Overall, though, I want to have fun!
What else would I like said about me on the web page?Being part of the community here on campus is a good idea, but finding your own individual place in the surrounding community is essential to having a good experience.
If you have any questions about participating in the F&GI Program, write to:
Dr. Heath A. Spencer
Director, Faith and the Great Ideas Core Academic Program
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-1090