Carol Jakubowicz '09English Major / Communication Studies Minor
"Why did you choose Stonehill?" As a student ambassador for Stonehill's Office of Admissions, I am asked this question regularly. I usually say, "I chose Stonehill for its reputation as a small school with big school opportunities." And when they ask, "What kinds of opportunities?" I am thrilled to list off the many opportunities that Stonehill has given me.
Exhilarating Learning Community Experience
The opportunity at Stonehill for international travel is my favorite to share. Before college, my travels consisted of New England and every state between Worcester and Disneyworld. So when I traveled to Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris with my learning community sophomore year, it was no small matter! It was exhilarating to trace material learned in the classroom back to its source and to experience immersion in three cultures.
Studying Abroad at Oxford
Then junior year, I spent a semester studying Medieval Literature and Modern British Drama at the University of Oxford in England. The academic rigor of Oxford challenged me to become a more creative and independent student, and living abroad made me a more culturally-aware individual.
Learning to Lead as a Teaching Apprentice
A second opportunity is the chance at Stonehill to become very involved in your discipline. When Professor Goulet invited me to be his Teaching Apprentice for the spring of 2009, I was ecstatic! As Professor Goulet's apprentice, I am learning what it's like to be on the other side of the classroom. And in leading discussions and responding to student questions and concerns, I am directly responsible for ensuring that our classes are both effective and fun.
A Tinge of Jealousy
It feels like yesterday that I chose Stonehill. As I reflect on life post-graduation, I am confident that Stonehill will continue to offer me opportunities as an alumna. And, I have to confess, it is with a tinge of jealousy that I tell prospective students about Stonehill College and about the many opportunities that await them here.
Carol is from Clinton, MA.
Photo credit: James Rutuelo '09