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.

Emily Tatum

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I was drawn to [Miami's] strong focus on undergraduate education…I had heard many great things about Miami professors and their attention to students, and I have certainly found that to be true in my experience.


Read what Emily had to say about her study-abroad experiences in Wales, Cuba, and Ecuador.


Kate Hanley

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One of the best things about my East Asian Languages and Cultures major is that it's made up of many different concepts. It's not just language, art, history, cultures and so on — it's more than the sum of its parts.


Read what Kate had to say about her involvement in campus organizations and her study abroad trip to China.


Olivia Vandervoort

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I've taken part in a number of student groups. During my freshman year I became a senator for Associated Student Government (ASG), which led to a greater leadership role as President Pro-Tempore. This year I'm a member of ASG's Executive Cabinet as Chief of Staff, where I've been helping out our current president, Maggie Reilly. It's the most senior leadership position I've had at Miami, and it has allowed me to work occasionally with Dr. Gregory Crawford, the new university president.


Read what Olivia had to say about her leadership roles and study abroad experience.


Kaylie Schunk

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Developing critical thinking and analysis skills is truly what employers want, and they make you a more dynamic individual. I think that the liberal arts encourage us to learn broadly as we expand these skills. They incorporate not only sciences like chemistry and microbiology, which focus on what happens in nature and the universe, but also subjects like history and political science, where we learn about people.


Read what Kaylie had to say about her research on the Miami Tribe and early American Republic.


Heather Burich

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A liberal arts education teaches you how to write well, which I believe is a skill that is often overlooked, especially in the professional world. Miami's big emphasis on the liberal arts helps create a holistic sense of all careers or fields you may wish to enter, including making key connections between different ones, like mechanical engineering and history, which may not be clear at first.


Read what Heather had to say about her research focused on visual representation of mental illness in art.


Daniel McClurkin

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The liberal arts work off of the primary assumption that there is no such thing as non-interdisciplinary approaches to problems; there is no job that does not deal with multiple fields. For example, when I worked in an Oxford retirement community, it was not just about applying what I knew from gerontology lectures, but it was also about understanding and practicing communicative skills in order to sincerely engage with the residents in such a way that they didn't feel they were being talked down to or disrespected.


Read what Daniel had to say about his ethnographic fieldwork and extracurricular creative arts activities.


Keiko Wilkins

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At Miami there are unique events every day. Being able to learn something completely new each time is very valuable. Since I am interested in so many different topics, I try to go to as many events as I can to learn something new. Miami offers many experiences where I can branch out, meet new people, and keep learning!


Read what Keiko had to say about her research interests and leadership roles.