Faith and the Great Ideas

Student Testimonials

  • Stephanie Carolyn Ellis Spokane, Washington

    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.

    Marie Estrelle E. Dela Cruz Seattle, Washington

    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.

    Philip Egly Alameda, California

    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.

    Esther Faris Seattle, Washington

    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.

  • Contact Us

    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
    University Core
    901 12th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090
    (206) 398-4615
    spencerh@seattleu.edu