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Megan Michalski

Saint Mary's College

Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan

Major: Nursing

Megan attended Saint Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan. Her hobbies include playing soccer, babysitting and health and fitness. Her future plans are to eventually become a pediatric nurse. She looks forward to the service opportunities at St. “I chose to attend St. Mary's College because I know I will not only develop a strong education, but also a strong relationship with God. Each time I toured the school I noticed that every student was confident and their enthusiasm toward the school was unlike any other school I visited.”

Felix Lopez

The Catholic University of America - Washington, DC

Hometown: Buena Park, CA

Major: Philosophy, Pre-Law

“With picturesque scenery, well-designed landscaping and buildings ranging from old stone castle types to modern industrial types, CUA's campus holds plenty of beauty with its rich history. Also, many people, faculty and students alike, share a great hospitable spirit and show a genuine interest in helping one another. Lastly, public transportation is accessible and dependable with the metro stop on campus and the city of Washington, D.C. and all its professional, social, and cultural opportunities at our fingertips!”

Alexandra Wallgren

Creighton University

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Major: BioChemistry

Alexandra attended Hermantown High School in Hermantown, Minnesota. She loves fitness and reading. After receiving her doctorate in physical therapy, she plans on gaining her licensure as a chiropractor and certified acupuncturist.    “I chose Creighton for its Physical Therapy program allowing me to receive my Ph.D. in 6 years instead of 7. I was also impressed by the way Creighton made me feel like an individual student. ”

Mariah Meeks

College of St. Benedict/St. John University

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Major: Nutrition/Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Mariah attended Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She works at The Boys and Girls Club. She enjoys going to concerts, hiking, baking and hanging out with her  friends. She plans on getting her Nutrition and Psychology degr “I chose College of St. Benedict/St. John because when I was on my visit everything was really comfortable. When I told them about my future plans, they knew how to plan my 4 years to help me reach my goals.”

Sophia Hengelbrok

Xavier University

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Major: Undecided

Sophia attended John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany. In her free time she loves to play sports including lacrosse, read, travel, cook and write. She is unsure about what she will study and which career she will choose in the future. She know she wan “I chose Xavier because of its strong academic programs, Jesuit values and warm campus community. While visiting Xavier, I felt at home, which is important to me as I have never lived in the United States before. My father, grandfather and other family members are alumni.”

Nathan Thornton, Class of 2012

University of Portland; Portland, OR

Hometown: Boise, ID

Major: Nursing

“The University of Portland creates its own community on The Bluff. I compete in Cross Country and Track. Even though we are in a large school division for sports (NCAA Division I), we have the feel of a small school. You can go anywhere on campus and find someone to talk to or hang out with. Classes are small, and your professors want you to succeed. Nothing can be better than getting on a first name basis with a professor and being noticed in a class.”

Adrienne Boykin

Fordham University - New York, NY

Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Adrienne graduated in 2009 from the College of Business Administration and represented the University at two academic conferences on corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.


“I found Fordham's campus comforting. It brings students together.”

Peter Heuer

Niagara University, NY

“I knew I wanted to attend Niagara as an Education major since I was a sophomore in High School. Niagara's Education program has garnered and maintained the highest respect both nationally and internationally. Academically, there was no questioning my decision. My only fear was that as a commuter, I would miss out on the “college experience”. Niagara, however, has provided me an environment in which I have become both academically and socially involved. Through campus activities and my experience working with Niagara's Radio Station and Theatre Department I have begun new experiences that continue to grow every day.”

Matthew Swansey

St. Bonaventure University

Hometown: Bristol, Rhode Island

Major: Undecided

Matthew attended Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, Rhode Island. He enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games and playing basketball. His future goal is to be a stock broker as he has always been intrigued by investing and making money.  “I chose St. Bonaventure University because of the quality education I know I will be receiving, and the tight-knit community feel that the college offers. St. Bonaventure has friendly students and faculty. ”

Andrew Jacob

University of Dallas

Hometown: Lewisville, Texas

Major: Physics

Minor: Philosophy

Andrew attended Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, Texas. He chose the University of Dallas for its extensive core classes and the wonderful sense of community at the school. He enjoys playing the guitar and piano, swimming, reading and playing vide “I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life yet, so I plan to get through college and then decide what to do with the rest of my life. ”



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The Top 10 Reasons To Attend a Catholic College or University

Prepared by Fr. Bernie O'Connor, OSFS, President of DeSales University (formerly Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales).

10. We have been in the education business for a long time.  The first universities were connected to monasteries.

9. We participate in the only truly global institution of the world today.  There are Catholics on every continent.  The church is universal in its reach and in its mission.  We prepare students for the global community of the future.

8. We mean business.  We are serious about education. We view the formation of each student as a creative and independent thinker as our responsibility.  We don't follow the fads of the day.  We operate with professionalism and discipline.

7. We see our student affairs office and our academic affairs office as vital partners in the education process.  The classroom and the student residence are both learning environments.

6.  We care deeply about local communities.  The churches in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus have many needs.  The young people on the campuses have many talents.  We link these two in a variety of wonderful social outreach programs. 

5. We produce a superior product.  Most businesses seek employees that have a blend of intelligence, practical skills, moral values, and spiritual maturity.  We help students discover and develop these gifts so that they are prepared to offer practical and insightful solutions to real-world problems.

4.  We take moral stands in the world.  In fact, we often take unpopular moral stands.  This helps young people realize that an essential component of being a person is to take a stand.  There are things that must be proclaimed as non-negotiable.

3. We take religion seriously.  This prepares young people to speak honestly with the overwhelming majority of people on the planet who also take religion seriously.  People who know what religion is about are better able to discuss and admire different faiths.  They understand the words, they appreciate the values, they comprehend the significance of a transcendent dimension to human life.

2.  We worship God.  Most people in our world attend some form of worship for most of their lives.  Young people benefit greatly from an understanding of ritual, sacrament, liturgy, and worship.  These are integral to human life.

1. From our rich faith dimension, we prepare students for life.  We know what makes a successful marriage, we know what is required for a happy and productive career, we know what it takes to care for children, we know about the struggles of the elderly, the sick, the disabled, the forgotten.