Small school, big rewards: I originally wanted to go to school in an urban environment. However, my eye fell on Wheaton, and I took the chance. Wheaton seemed to be the school where I would be challenged, and where I would get the best experiences out of my four years. I really love the tight-knit environment here. It is very easy to talk with professors, and they’re open to listening to what students have to say. I can take advantage of the beauty of nature here, and can always find a quiet spot to study.
Challenging class: My most favored yet most challenging class would have to be my English 101 course, “Writing about Image and Reality,” with Professor Sherry Mason. Her class has a very uplifting mood, especially when Smudge, her furry [canine] companion, accompanies her. She may be one of the toughest graders you’ll ever encounter, but I walked away knowing a lot more than when I started. The woman knows her stuff.
Roots in Trinidad: I have lived in the United States for almost all of my life, but I was born in Trinidad and raised under its traditions. My parents always told me to do what I think is right, and that hard work pays off. This has been instilled in me, and I still follow it here at Wheaton.
Posse Scholarship: I feel very fortunate to be on the Posse Scholarship. It is such an honor. My family would not have been able to send me to college due to its high cost, and my Posse Scholarship helped me to get here. I am the first to go to college in my family.
New directions: In my first three months here, I realize I’ve changed a lot. College was a huge transition in my life. I’ve learned that I can handle a much heavier workload than before. I’ve discovered that time here goes by very quickly, and I am hoping to get a lot out of my four years here at Wheaton. It’s all about self-discovery. I always had the intention of majoring in psychology and going on to grad school to get my teaching license. However, I discover new things about myself every day, so I wouldn’t be surprised if my major took a 180-degree turn. I’m open to trying new things.
—Amanda DeGroff ’12