As an early childhood education major at Elmhurst, Samantha Rude has had the opportunity to test the waters and gain real-life experience.
Special education major Natella Magarycheva talks about how Elmhurst is preparing her to step into the classroom as a teacher.
Katie Sullivan talks about the real-world experience she’s getting as a special education major at Elmhurst.
After taking a class about exploring careers and shadowing a teacher, Isabella Ibarra knew she’d found her new major.
As the first member of his family to attend a four-year college, Salvador Gonzalez felt welcomed and supported in the biology department.
As a music education and German major, Mikkal Holt has found opportunities to network and connect.
Transfer student Katrinka Smith is now a Transfer Lead who helps other transfer students find their way.
Jordin Clark chose Elmhurst for its location, the women’s soccer program and the tight-knit campus community.
Drawn to the welcoming campus environment, Byron Niles is building friendships that will last a lifetime.
Scheduling time for service work allows David Brambert to gain valuable experiences outside of his major.
Being a part of the track and cross county teams has given Elyse Christofanelli family-like support.
Peggy Clemens and her volleyball teammates love their shared experiences—especially the winning.
Cross country runner Kelsey Blount was welcomed on a team where academics is always leading the way.
Within the close-knit nursing program, Mariaelena Delgado feels unlimited in her access to her professors.
As an international student, Pratima Wagh provides and benefits from the varied global perspectives on campus.
Through the First Leap program, Joseph LaCavera got hands-on experience working for a non-profit.
As a transfer student (who now helps other transfers), Lauren Lucas is finally in control of her education.
Initially considering a big school, Taylor Collins found a home on campus and sees graduate school just ahead.
Communications studies major Jose Zamora is grateful for the support available within Elmhurst's community.
Through the First Leap program, Zachary Schneider got a leg up on internships, research and PT school.
Jaclyn Pearson was destined to be a teacher. Elmhurst is here to guide her along the best pathway forward.
Jihyun Lee chose Elmhurst for the small class sizes, the campus vibe and, of course, the access to Chicago.
Erik Maranto is taking advantage of the College's leadership opportunities to grow as a person and discover himself.
With four years of performance experience, Ella Bracero is prepared for the challenges of professional life.
At the Study-Away Fair, education major Anthony Zary found an internship teaching English in Spain.
Arriving from Brooklyn, NY, Anthony Nuñez found the space to grow and gain real-world experience.
At Elmhurst, Ted Harris has found opportunities to get involved and develop leadership skills.
As photo editor of Elmhurst's student newspaper, Jessie Moyemont says she's had some great experiences.
For Maureen Roderick, it's reassuring to see successful Elmhurst graduates working in her field.
For Demetrios Vrettos, playing sports at Elmhurst has been a hands-on learning experience.
Amanda Nagy says getting involved on campus has helped her pursue her passion for social justice.
At Elmhurst, Colleen Bannon came out of her shell and developed an appreciation of different cultures.
Working on an award-winning student newspaper was a highlight of Megan Kirby's Elmhurst Experience.
At Elmhurst, Tyler Lomnicki found the opportunity to play a sport that he loves while getting a great education.
Pre-law student Kira Rold says her Elmhurst Experience challenged her to assess her values and reconsider her beliefs.
Lauren Lipira talks about starting a cheerleading squad at Elmhurst and getting recognition for the squad's achievements.
Agnes Plawsiuk says her Elmhurst Experience helped her gain acceptance to a prestigious Ph.D. program.
Miko Martinez appreciates studying with faculty members who are also professional musicians.
Elmhurst faculty members balance educational theory with real-world experience, says Glen Gomez.
At Elmhurst, Nikol Bakka has taken on new tasks, gotten involved on campus, and discovered what she can do.
Luis Lara says his Elmhurst Experience has helped him clarify his career goals, prepared him for real life and turned him into a man.
Elmhurst is a place where students can get involved, take charge, plan events and explore, says Emily Becker-Bruzzini.
Alyse Dawid talks about doing an educational experience in Jamaica, studying abroad and teaching art.
For aspiring teacher Rebecca Blaufuss, the level of engagement she found at Elmhurst College was a welcome surprise.
Michael Meadows talks about the Elmhurst teachers and mentors who are guiding and supporting him as he prepares for a career in teaching.
After a life-changing teaching experience in South Africa, Jenna Stutz has the confidence to face any challenge thrown her way.
Brittany Lewis, an elementary education major, says her Elmhurst professors are some of the smartest people she’s ever met.
Nicole Grynevich chose Elmhurst for its location and its rigorous biology courses—which rival graduate-level courses at other institutions.
After her first experience teaching music to a room full of kids, Andrea Figueroa fell in love with teaching.
John Reglin isn’t afraid of a challenge, which is good because balancing soccer life and student life isn’t easy.
Honors student Grace Bellino got a head start at Elmhurst with a First-Year Seminar summer research grant.
Multi-sport athlete Jonathan Johnson appreciates his professors and coaches for supporting his goals.
While excelling on the field and in the classroom, Christian Mullin has never lost focus on his professional future.
Eager to play, but not wanting to be consumed by athletics, Hannah Lipman found her perfect balance.
During a tour of Elmhurst, Georgia Peterson identified with the warmth and friendliness of the campus.
Zenya Yap’s primary focus is nursing, but as an honors student she is able to delve a bit deeper into her research.
Excited about the nursing program, Ralph Benedict Dela Cruz also finds incredible value in the liberal arts system.
Student-athletes know teamwork, but Kayla Hansen—involved in five other campus groups—is learning to lead.
Building on Elmhurst’s sense of social responsibility, Fernando Gomez is making a difference with Relay for Life.
Looking for a school where you know your professors and they know you, Katie Evensen found exactly that.
Eager to become involved in service work, Christina DiCristofano is now a leader with Habitat for Humanity.
With Elmhurst’s focus on professional preparation, Keli Kliebhan is confident and ready for the workplace.
Having access to an active community of education alumni is something Michael Meadows knows is unique.
Along with a “home away from home,” the education program was exactly what Stella Abbinante was looking for.
Early on, Ricky Stanton learned he could be an athlete without limiting his other Elmhurst experiences.
With the support of the Center for Professional Excellence, Wes Wagner says he's ready to be his own boss.
Drawn to Elmhurst's music business program, Scott Stolarz found a wealth of opportunities to pursue music on campus.
Austin McGrath is discovering new passions and loves being part of a community of critical thinkers.
Once Anders Winquist-Bailey found biology, the opportunities for research came faster than he expected.
Andrew Cenci found a community that cares about his experience and supports his spiritual growth.
After a car accident, Robby Allanson experienced an outpouring of support from the Elmhurst community.
Jessica Sullivan says Elmhurst recognized her skills and gave her a chance to grow her talents.
A leadership opportunity on Elmhurst's dance team has helped Andrea Romano become the person she is today.
Elmhurst has helped Alyssa Hewes clarify her values and beliefs and decide who she wants to be.
Nathan Rold says Elmhurst gave him a chance to get involved and a broader view of the world.
For Amber Bergmann, the Elmhurst Experience means a world of opportunities.
Taking classes in an unfamiliar discipline opens your eyes and changes your perspective, says Juliet Feifar.
At Elmhurst, Aleya Schwartz has been able to explore her faith and define her own spiritual path.
Vanessa Pacheco says participating in student organizations has opened the door to meeting new people.
On the verge of graduation, Jennifer Rodriguez feels reassured that she has a wide range of skills and options.
Katlyn Bednarski says participating in Bluejay athletics has helped her stay focused and given her another family.
When Bethany Holden joined the bowling team, she found a diverse set of friends she could count on.
For small-town native David Devaney, Elmhurst's proximity to Chicago means there's always something to do.
Amber Gretz says the experiences she's had at Elmhurst have helped her learn to deal with a diverse array of people.
At Elmhurst, Ellie Pipal says she's taking advantage of every opportunity to explore new things.
Aleks Galus says her art professors helped her develop the skills to pursue her own artistic vision.
The son of a school principal and a student-athlete, Peyton Wyatt was ready for the rigors of Elmhurst’s education program.
As an early childhood education major, Kelly Winters is learning to be a role model through student teaching and as a resident adviser on campus.
A Golden Apple Scholar, Ixtel Viramontes enjoys working with a small cohort of Elmhurst students who support each other from start to finish.
Future teacher Andrew Weber says he appreciates the range of experiences and the College’s commitment to the liberal arts.
Elmhurst’s Keystone Program gave Brooke Matz the opportunity to get involved in research as a first-year student.
Music education major Evon Sams appreciates the flexibility he has to explore different areas of interest.
An international transfer student, Sigrid Andrae choose a “real experience” over the atypical American college.
After being inspired by the excitement of a professor, Shannon Pimmel decided to head in a new direction.
A softball player from an early age, Isabella Masini chose Elmhurst for the opportunity to play all four years.
The Division III environment at Elmhurst allows wrestler Tyler Espino to compete equally on and off the mat.
While pursuing her passion for the theatre, Michelle McCarthy is also traveling abroad to hone her Spanish.
The encouragement to pursue interests both personal and academic is positively effecting Rebecca Lapp.
International transfer Paul Gerald Zurbano chose Elmhurst because of the scholarship offers he earned.
Taking advantage of Direct Connect and the First-Year Seminar, Jasmine Bills hit the ground running.
Chrissy Croft found in Elmhurst a community where her faith could be a part of her work in social activism.
Finding her footing with the Black Student Union, Endya Clark is active with SGA, athletics and study abroad.
Unsure of which professional path to take, Erika Ehmann used internships to make an informed choice.
Frequently abroad and serving in multiple leadership roles, Stephanie Young is winning at time management.
Stepping up to leadership roles and tutoring fellow students has helped Simi Mathews find her best self.
Molly Ryan loves the environment of professionalism set by her professors, and knows it will serve her well.
Ricky Dingraudo wasn't sure what his major would be. Then he found an internship that helped make up his mind.
International student Marius Spurfeld has found the perfect place to learn about Chicago’s economic engine.
Published composer Stephan Carlson says he's humbled and inspired by the musical talents of those around him.
A contestant on The Voice, Anthony Paul has immersed himself in a concentrated pool of musical talent at Elmhurst.
Even with her commitment to the College orchestra, Angil Tate took advantage of J-Term to tour Europe.
Alysha McElroy-Hodges fell in love with Elmhurst on the first day and has found a home within the music ensembles.
For Tony Chan, joining the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi opened the gate to other organizations.
English major Sean Proctor says the challenges he’s found at Elmhurst have changed and improved him.
Elmhurst prepares students to think globally and step outside their boundaries, says Allie Baumbach.
Playing college football is very tough, but it's also very rewarding, says Matt D'Angelo.
A student-teaching experience reassured Erin Hopkins that she can succeed in teaching and make a difference.
Allison Korbel talks about her trip to New Orleans with the College's chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Elmhurst has helped Rae Nelson prepare for a career of speaking out for those whose voices cannot be heard.
Ashley Dingle says the people she's met at Elmhurst have helped her gain confidence in her abilities.
For Romison Saint-Louis, working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans has been life changing.
Elmhurst professors prepare their students to be as successful as possible, says Emily Hilliker.
For Jillian Jackson, performing with Elmhurst's dance team is a confidence builder and an opportunity to connect.
At Elmhurst, Jake Oster was able to join the wrestling team as a freshman and compete right away.
Biology major Amy Du talks about the resources and opportunities she’s found at Elmhurst.
Ben Schuetzenhofer talks about his involvement in a music fraternity, a residence hall council and the Elmhurst College Cigar Aficionados.
Kate Grube says she's changed a lot since arriving at Elmhurst, and she's found plenty of support along the way.
As a music business major, Ashton DeVries appreciates being a train ride away from world-class opera and symphony performances in Chicago.
For Amina Quadri, Elmhurst's Niebuhr Center offers the opportunity to interact with people of different backgrounds and religions.