Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Western, life as a Western student, and more.

Phoebe Myers

(Class of 2019)

photo of Phoebe MyersMy entire experience in the Western Program has been focused on the idea of approaching problems in an interdisciplinary fashion, and this is going to be very useful for me in any field I choose after graduation. In my career I want take an interconnected perspective at the world to understand how things got to be this way. I've learned that you can't just look at a problem from one narrow discipline, and realizing this has been very helpful.


Read what Phoebe had to say about her interest in social justice issues and working with kids.


Arcadia Davies

(Class of 2019)

photo of Arcadia DaviesI work primarily with two faculty members in the Western Program, lecturer Jacqueline Daugherty, my advisor, and professor Hays Cummins, who runs my independent study on how honeysuckle is affecting mammal populations. Both Dr. Daugherty and Dr. Cummins, with their backgrounds in sociology and environmental issues respectively, have been really supportive in helping me focus, develop, and organize my major in addition to conducting this research.


See what Arcadia had to say about her research on the effects of hurricanes on trees in the Bahamas.


Jack Ackerman

(Class of 2018)

photo of Jack AckermanProfessors Hays Cummins and Western Program director Nicholas Money have helped tremendously in shaping my inquiry of the status quo and fostering greater responsibility over my own education. My self-designed individualized studies major in Western focuses on both neuroscience and natural resources. Although these fields don't seem to align, they're capital-intensive industries that are ripe for innovation.


Read what Jack had to say about creating his own startup aviation technology company and his other experiences.


Audrey Lipps

(Class of 2019)

photo of Audrey LippsEveryone should check out a class in the Western Program and see how they like it. It's very different from the general Miami experience! The professors are very open, honest, and flexible, which is crucial because you really need to be motivated to be a Western major. You don't have the explicit structure and guidelines that many other Miami majors give, but you can really build on any sort of major or discipline that you want!


See what Audrey had to say about her research in Hawaii and her internship in the Netherlands.