I didn’t apply to Thiel until May of my senior year. I was going to a state university, located not far from Thiel, until that time and had already made deposits to the university. I really wanted to get in touch with a professor from the History department and the Choir Director, but neither was returning my emails. I knew for certain I wanted to sing in a choir when I was in college. I had heard about Thiel through our Alumni Director at my high school, Titsuville, so I decided to come and visit. I got here and loved the small town feel and friendly atmosphere. I even met with Dr. Bray and was assured a spot in the choir if I came and was awarded a scholarship on the spot! I feel very lucky for finding Thiel and would do the same thing over again.
What has been your favorite part of your Thiel experience so far?
Joining my fraternity. Greek life isn’t like on the T.V., it’s better; joining was the best choice I’ve made so far at Thiel.
My favorite professor is Dr. Michael Bray, the Choir Director. Dr. Bray and the Thiel Choir were one of the main reasons I came to Thiel. It’s not at every college that you can come in as a freshman and have a concert solo in four months! Dr. Bray is my mentor and I look up to him so much. He loves what he does and puts his entire self into his work and is very emotional and genuine about it, but also has fun with it.
After I graduate from Thiel, I would like to continue my education and attain my Master’s degree in History. I hope to stay near this area at a school like Youngstown State University or Akron. I one day hope to attain my Doctorate in History and teach at the collegiate level at a smaller school, like Thiel.
Advice for prospective students?
Make sure you’re attending college for the right reasons. Yes you may want to go to a big “party school” or go somewhere with your friends, but you need to go to a school that is going to fit your needs and help you ultimately succeed in life. The point of college is to get an education so that you’re prepared to enter the working world, the other things just fall into place once you start focusing on the main points.