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.

Lauren Miles

photo of Lauren Miles(Class of 2020)

"The liberal arts allow you to be very flexible in your thinking as you encounter new ideas and theories. There are so many different avenues to go down, and you're encouraged to do a little bit of each. You learn to write well, and with that skill you can do really anything — every discipline requires some sort of writing. This breadth of experience is really useful, helping you be adaptable in the career world."


Read what Lauren had to say about her faculty mentors and her Literary London experience.


Kambrie Riddle

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"The main lesson I learned from [my study abroad trip to Nicaragua] was that it is essential to understand different perspectives — there is not necessarily only one best way to do anything. 'Different' doesn't mean inferior. I would love to take advantage of all the different things represented in various cultures to enhance the overall quality of healthcare today. This is something I wouldn't have been able to find just sitting in a classroom!"


Read what Kambrie had to say about her faculty mentors and her passion for medicine.


Mitchell Singstock

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"Miami has prepared me greatly for a future career in medicine. My hope is to go to medical school and specialize in some form of internal medicine. Only time will tell what area that is, but I feel particularly called to the fields oncology, rheumatology, and palliative care thus far. My classroom and research experiences have prepared me to do well on the MCAT and eventually in medical school."


Read what Mitchell had to say about his three undergraduate research projects.


Shelby Frye

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"Society doesn't exist in a vacuum, so neither should we. Even though I am not a STEM major, the liberal arts teaches you how to think or analyze — not just about sociology or political science or English, but anything. I really feel that, as I have gotten further into my curriculum and have taken various courses in the Miami Plan, the biggest advantage of the liberal arts is learning how to see the world in a different way that takes you out of your comfort zone."


Read what Shelby had to say about her faculty mentors and gendered language research.


Emily Wyatt

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"My work in the lab inspired me to write a funding proposal for my 2018 Hughes Summer Internship, which enabled me to stay in Oxford for 10 weeks, working 40 hours a week on my ongoing project in Dr. [Kathleen] Killian's lab. I presented results from my first year of research at Miami's annual Undergraduate Research Forum in April 2018 and from my second year in April 2019. I also obtained membership in the National Society for Neuroscience and attended their Summer 2018 Ohio Miami Valley regional conference."


Read what Emily had to say about her neurobiology research on cricket behavior.


Mishali Mathur

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"I love the fact that Miami offers so many different classes in the liberal arts. If I hadn't had that opportunity, I'm not entirely sure that I would have discovered my love for healthcare policy. I've gained an open mind and a more well-rounded idea of what I want. After all, when you're surrounded by amazing people, it motivates you to be amazing."


Read what Mishali had to say about providing healthcare access in Tanzania.


Cooper Mason

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"What Miami does best is making sure its students are capable communicators. I think most classes focus on students being able to relay information clearly and articulately, whether it be through a paper or presentation. The urban & regional planning major is also comprehensive, allowing us to try most types of planning so that we have an understanding of what we might do in a professional planning setting."


Read what Cooper had to say about his summer working in New York City.


Bri Clements

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"My experiences with my statistics classes and CADS have helped me line up a job after I graduate this spring: I'll be working at Columbus Collaboratory, which helps companies with analytics and cybersecurity challenges. My new position will give me exposure to clients from many different industries, so I am super excited about this opportunity!"


Read what Bri had to say about her data visualization projects.


Ian Berg

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"I like that I've been able to take a broad range of courses at Miami. I know I'm receiving a strong foundation that will give me a bunch of different directions I can go in for a career. Not having to follow any set path has made my choices more appealing to me; I've never been stuck in one area and could branch out as I needed to — that's a key aspect of the liberal arts that has been attractive for me."


Read what Ian had to say about his research with the US Deparment of Transportation.


Lydia Yellow Hawk

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"I would like to work with other indigenous peoples either through my tribe or on a national level with an American Indian organization that focuses on advocating for indigenous rights. My liberal arts education and anthropology and political science courses, I feel really have prepared me for what I eventually want to do."


Read what Lydia had to say about her efforts to preserve Lakota tribal heritage and culture.


Dante Rossi

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"My favorite courses at Miami have not just been for anthropology majors, but also for political science, Russian studies, prelaw, and anyone who had an interest. And I think the best part about Miami's liberal arts education is that it has encouraged me to explore different facets of things that I never thought I would be interested in."


Read what Dante had to say about his research project in Latvia and Lithuania.


Victoria Carvalho Salles

photo of Victoria Carvalho Salles(Class of 2019)

"Many students have a love and hate relationship with the Miami Plan, but I think that having this broad education really helps for your personal and intellectual growth. I've taken many classes outside my major that I've really loved. For example, I took an amazing philosophy course about confronting death when I first came to Miami, and I enjoyed it so much that one of my regrets in graduating a year early is that I cannot double major in philosophy!"


Read what Victoria had to say about her research on public school funding disparities in Ohio.


Mona-Mae Juwillie

photo of Mona-Mae Juwillie(Class of 2019)

"The beauty of Miami's program, and the key thing about the liberal arts in general, is that I've taken core courses in economics, geography, health, political science, and writing, and I'm learning to market myself as someone with skills in policy analysis, writing and research, different geographical regions, economics, and health."


Read what Mona-Mae had to say about her internships in Ghana and Switzerland.


Ashley Mickens

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"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

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"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

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"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.