Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

About Sandy Coleman

Sandy Coleman is the editor of the Wheaton Quarterly and Senior Associate Director in the Communications Office.

Engaging a worldview

Students gain perspective, insight studying abroad

Each year, students go abroad for academic study that encourages them to step out of their comfort zones and engage in self-discovery.

 “Wheaton prides itself on exposing students to multiple perspectives on critical issues facing our world today and finding connections where they may not initially be evident,” says Gretchen Young, dean of the Center for Global Education. “We want our students to experience firsthand the challenges of communicating across opinions, languages and cultures, and to learn the skills necessary to create relationships and work together with people different from themselves. Study abroad is a high-impact experience that requires students to learn and practice these skills.”

Here, students share the sights and insights from their travels.

A minute with… Daniel Alexandre ’20

Daniel Alexandre '20

Daniel Alexandre, a music major with a business and management minor, is the drummer in a campus band called dojob; the pianist for Voices United to Jam; a career peer advisor in the Filene Center; and a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the World Music Ensemble. This fall he plans to intern in the Office of Admission. He has clearly found his groove at Wheaton, successfully balancing his academics workload and a deep dive into extracurricular involvement.

Perfect timing: “I actually haven’t been playing drums very long. My principal instrument is piano but since being at Wheaton I’ve wanted to stretch myself musically and pick up a new instrument. I chose to play drums because I noticed that a few of the bands on campus were looking for dynamic drummers with good time, so I took it as a challenge to develop those skills.”  [Read more...]

Opportunity close to home

Neuroscience major spends break interning at local hospital

Justin Gallagher ’19 completed a winter internship at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass. (Photo by Keith Nordstrom)

Justin Gallagher ’19, a neuroscience major, plans to pursue becoming a neurosurgeon in medical school, and is also interested in biology and psychology.

During winter break, he got an opportunity to combine all of his interests and start building the foundation of experience for his career plans by interning at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass.

During his internship, he helped care for patients within the nursing units and labeled medical records for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

“Aiding in patient care requires a skill set that is a valuable asset to have within the medical field because it requires a high degree of interaction—especially when one becomes a doctor,” he said. “My biggest challenge was simply opening myself up to the patients and having the confidence to aid them in whatever they needed. I overcame it by just being my normal self, and it worked out perfectly.” [Read more...]

Getting at the root of concerns

Projects for Peace grant allows senior to create farm

Jessica Kruger ’17 plans to establish the Framingham Community Farm with her Projects for Peace grant.

Can social justice be achieved through farming? Jessica Kruger ’17 believes so and has earned a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to find out.

Kruger, a psychology major, won the award for her proposal to establish a community farm aimed at relieving hunger, providing at-risk youth with meaningful work and building connections among residents in her hometown, Framingham, Mass.

“I feel unimaginably excited for the opportunity, grateful to Wheaton and Projects for Peace, and, most of all, motivated to bring this project to life,” said Kruger, who admits that when she applied for the grant it seemed like a lofty goal but she had to try because she believes so strongly in her project.

“I hope that the farm will significantly increase the number of meals our partner organization will be able to provide to the homeless and hungry population of my hometown; and that the young people who work on the farm realize that making a difference in their community is well within their reach,” she said. [Read more...]