Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Miami, life as a Miami student, the value of a liberal arts education, their study abroad experiences and internships, and more.

Ashley Mickens

photo of Ashley Mickens(Class of 2020)

"I came to Miami because I wanted the 'trademark' college experience and a place I could call home for the next 4 years. I visited 16 colleges, and none of them made me feel at home like Miami did. I knew that at Miami I could receive a stellar education, and I've been impressed with the incredible array of campus opportunities."


Read what Ashely had to say about her faculty mentors and her semester in Luxembourg.


Sarah Porter

photo of Sarah Porter(Class of 2019)

"Many of my friends who have business-related majors are narrowly focused on their careers, but as a liberal arts major I've taken many different classes covering all kinds of topics. They often challenge your ideals and viewpoints and help you look at the whole picture."


Read what Sarah had to say about her hands-on work at the Institute for Food farm.


Melanie Murray

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"Having a major in the liberal arts allows you to have a well-rounded education. I am able to discuss, learn, and act on important real-world problems, even outside my two majors. I've learned to consider all aspects of the issues I will be working on and to think outside of the box."


Read what Melanie had to say about her urban & regional planning major.


Hannah Clarke

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"When I'm interested in pursuing something academically, I am very direct in asking my professors. For their part, I've been very fortunate that they remind me about all sorts of available opportunities. This has encouraged me to be even more independent, to the point where I've been able to work with professors on designing classes and projects that are more focused on my interests."


Read about Hannah's research and student activism.


Ryan Geary

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"[My Ohio Public Leaders fellowship and Inside Washington] experiences taken together provided me with a well-rounded and informed perspective of federalism and the unique challenges faced by different levels of government, and they have thoroughly prepared me for a career in law and government."


Read what Ryan had to say about his legal research and internships in government.


Andrew Fausey

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"Liberal arts courses help you to learn how to write and think differently and more creatively, and they've complemented my science classes as well. In the biological sense, I feel I'm developing a different side of my brain that wouldn't be accessed by memorization of biology pathways or biochemistry mechanisms and such."


Read what Andrew had to say about his regenerative retina research.


Katherine Rodriguez

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"Having recently applied to medical school, I feel prepared for post-graduation through my Miami coursework and preparation for the MCAT exam. My premedical classes showed me what the application process was going to look like, so I never felt I was going through it alone."


Read what Katherine had to say about her research and MedLife trips abroad.


Ellen Stenstrom

photo of Ellen Stenstrom(Class of 2019)

"The value of Miami's undergraduate research cannot be overstated. Coming here I didn't know you could do research in the humanities, let alone in literature. As an incoming student I attended a lecture that explained how to get involved in humanities research, and that became a major goal for me from then on."


Read what Ellen had to say about her majors and extracurricular activities.


Lucy Eisgruber

photo of Lucy Eisgruber(Class of 2019)

"People often say you need a specific major to be successful, but I would argue that it doesn't matter about your major — it matters how hard you work and what passion you bring to it."


Read what Lucy had to say about her major and extracurricular activities.