From Wheaton Parents
Posted on September 26, 2012
Dear Prospective Wheaton Parent,
This year marks the seventh year in which at least one of our three sons has been at Wheaton. While this doesn’t make us experts on the Wheaton experience, we do believe their lives at Wheaton have benefited them and our family as a whole.
We first came to know Wheaton when our niece attended. She told us of the positive experience she had and we were there for her graduation in 1998 where we witnessed the happy-yet-sad goodbyes of the now Wheaton alumni. Collectively, they praised their school and wished they were going back in the fall. Our niece later went on to graduate school and obtained a Master of Fine Arts.
When it was time to start the college search with our oldest son, we were daunted by the task. However, we soon became aware of a repeated theme about finding the ‘right fit’ for the student. When we finally visited colleges, we became aware of the different feel each emitted through their layout, students and professors, and curriculum.
Even though our sons’ interests and personalities differ, a Wheaton education has been the ‘right fit’ for each of them. Philip graduated with a major in English and a concentration in creative writing in 2009. He has the utmost of respect for the professors that helped teach and guide him as he pursued his creativity in writing. After one year of graduate school pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Philip is taking a leave from the academic world to work as a newspaper reporter and editorialist, a job that he enjoys immensely. Jack is interested in science and graduated with a major in Psychobiology. He was able to spend the first semester of his junior year at the University of Wollongong in Australia and had the experience of his life. Currently, Jack is working as a research assistant involved in rheumatology studies at Tufts Medical Center in the city he loves, Boston. Luke, a junior, is an outgoing theater major taking acting and film classes. He is looking forward to continuing these as well as playwriting and directing. This semester, Luke is in Scotland to study abroad at The University of Edinburgh. Three totally different directions, yet one college – with its strong faculty and bright student body – has and is still meeting their needs by providing a quality pathway for them to grow and learn.
Wheaton staff and faculty have always been helpful and supportive through the enrollment process and beyond. They have informed and guided us through the transition, and even offer sessions for parents on how to “let go” of their growing young men and women. Any questions we have had were answered and options were discussed. This extends past graduation, as we witnessed the helpfulness with recommendation letters needed for the graduate school application process. In addition, the Wheaton campus is beautiful and scenic, a taste of New England.
For the last seven years, we have witnessed our sons’ growth and happiness which we credit in no small part to their lives at Wheaton. Their experiences with peers and professors have opened new avenues of thoughts and possibilities, along with edifying and illuminating their beliefs and visions. To all prospective students and their parents, we enthusiastically recommend Wheaton College. Also, please visit Wheaton’s Admission website which was specifically designed to help prospective students’ parents. You will find many useful resources there.
Jerry and Mary,