Keeping balance: I was a Math and Econ major. In the spring semester of my senior year, I was doing an internship two days a week while also studying and doing extracurricular activities. It was a really good balance though and it helped prepare me for where I am right now.
In the field: At Wheaton they have scholarships where you can apply for a summer internship overseas. In my sophomore year, I won the Davis Fellowship and worked for two months for a microfinance organization in the most rural areas of Limpopo Province, South Africa. I was really applying the theoretical knowledge in the field. Looking back, that’s definitely one of the major opportunities that I took advantage of and that is distinctive about Wheaton.
Faculty friendships: As you progress in a major, your classes start getting smaller and smaller; some of my classes were six to ten people. And you really start connecting with a professor. Being able to go to a professor whether it was after class or in the evening to sit down and talk was helpful. It wasn’t just academic support, it was also social and personal support that they provided. Ultimately they’re the ones who give you the full picture of what you need to be prepared for after graduation.
Wheaton connections: The network that you build at Wheaton is one of the strongest networks that you’ll have after graduation. They’re very open to helping you as much as possible. I think that’s what makes the difference between other schools. During my senior year I can’t count the number of times I had coffee or lunch with an alum from the class of ’60, ’67, etc. I asked for tips as to what I had to do to prepare myself. Now, I try to give back to Wheaton as much as possible.