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Connecting Through Stories

Connecting Through Stories

There is something special that makes students want to belong to the Thiel College community. Maybe it’s a favorite professor that challenged them to succeed. Maybe it’s the strong connections that are formed from day one. Read the story of Thiel College in the words of our students.

Each student is featured on the College's Instagram account using #yourThielstory.

"All the professors in my major know me on a first name basis and stop and chat with me any time they see me. They want you to succeed and they want you to feel comfortable doing it."
 
Emily Baker '22, accounting major

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Alyssa Jordon Headshot

"It wasn’t just a good fit for me, it was somewhere my mom felt comfortable sending me."
 
Alyssa Jordon '22, environmental safety management, political science dual major environmental studies minor

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"I chose Thiel because I was close to my family and it was a small campus that had a really homey feel to it. Also, the business program seemed really adept."
 
Nick Mott '20, business administration: human resources management major

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"I developed so much as a person because of this little place. Thiel has taught me so much about being a hard worker and expressing yourself and making friends."
 
Ava Park '22, early childhood and special education major

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"Being given the opportunity to write and produce my own play is something I never thought would be possible and I am so grateful. Thiel has not only given me this opportunity, but they also prepared me for this."
 
Sam Faber '20, secondary education and English major

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Allison Hamilton Headshot

"Find your home away from home, and that’s exactly what I believe I found at Thiel College. Everybody knows everybody, and it’s almost like having one big family."
 
Allison Hamilton '20, chemistry pre-pharmacy major, Spanish minor

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"It’s OK to be at a new place around people that you’ve never seen before. I promise everyone here is friendly and they want what’s best for you."
 
Mario Demma '21, criminal justice studies and sociology double major

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Alonzo Brown Headshot

"The only thing I found difficult was adjusting to the weather. I plan to move back to Florida after I graduate, and I can say with much confidence that Thiel College has fully prepared me to succeed in the real world. "
 
Alonzo Brown '19
, political science major, legal studies/criminal justice studies/international studies minor and a certificate in business

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"I really liked how small the campus was and how everyone around me made it seem like home. The school, as well as the people at the school, really made me feel like I was included. "
 
Hannah Rossman '18,
biology, pre-physician assistant program

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"Do not limit yourself by sticking around the same group of people all the time. Try your best to branch out and make as many connections and friendships as possible. "
 
Dan Yoest '19
, public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communications major

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" You really get to know your professors as well as your friends. I really like the fact that it is a liberal arts college and we have the ability to explore other areas of academics aside from our major. "
 
Xin Ning Tan (Eunice) '19
, accounting and finance major

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"I chose Thiel College because we have a great education department with nearly a 100% placement rate after graduation, and also because I was able to continue playing basketball."
 
Jess Vormelker '19
, early childhood and special education major

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"The education department faculty members have always given me a lot of support and have provided me with the resources I need to be successful in student teaching."
 
Meg Lee '19
, early childhood and special education major

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"I chose Thiel because the religion program was deeply research based and global in study. There are a lot of opportunities for leadership and community here at a small college. "
 
Macey Garland '19
, religion major, psychology minor

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"I have had so many opportunities to take on leadership positions that I would never have had at a bigger school, and I have never had better grades because of all the help I have received from professors and fellow students. "
 
Emily Waxter '19
, conservation biology major, wildlife biology, behavioral biology and food and agriculture biology minor

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Erika Hiwiller Headshot

"If by some stroke of luck you are able to see the magic in the school, like I can see at Thiel, you'll have not only a great academic experience, but also the potential to use that knowledge to make a good life for yourself. "
 
Erika Hiwiller '19
, environmental science major

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" When you get to school, remember one of the most important things a student can do is start applying their knowledge to their careers and abilities. "
 
Justin Pearce '20
, public relations, advertising, and integrated marketing major, philosophy minor

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Haley Tokich Headshot

"As soon as I set foot on campus I knew it was the school for me. I chose Thiel because of the small campus, the Dietrich Honors Institute program and the great people I met during visit days."
 
Haley Tokich '18
, business administration, marketing and advertising major

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"My one piece of advice for incoming students is to make sure you access what Thiel has to offer. The opportunities are here, you just have to be willing to take them."
 
Ben Ratka '19
, public relations, marketing and advertising major

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"Thiel has and always will be a place of opportunity. Not just to further your education, but to make connections with the people that can help you get jobs and help advance you in your careers."
 
Randy Santarelli '19
, business administration and accounting major

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"The classes are really personable and small, and it is easy to develop personal relationships with faculty and staff on campus. I feel like Thiel has really prepared me for the next step in my career "
 
– Bri Gibbs '19
, business finance and business administration major

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"I love the family feel and the community Thiel provides. I’ve always had support for my career and life events that have happened during my time here."
 
Maggie Nee '20
, neuroscience and pre-med major

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" I like the idea of small class sizes and actually being somebody instead of just a face in the crowd."
 
Matt Crawford '20
, history and secondary education major

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Elijah Sklack Headshot

"Nationally, our fraternity raises over a million dollars every year to support this country's service men and women as they have supported us. The See-Saw-A-Thon is a valued tradition that the brothers enjoy greatly."
 
Elijah Sklack '20
, political science and business major

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"Thiel is a community. Everyone is willing to help with anything you need."
 
John Aarestrup '21
, business administration, finance major

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Angela Campbell Headshot

"Since Thiel is a small school, it is so easy to get involved and become a leader on campus. I honestly chose to visit Thiel because of a hand written letter I received from the Admissions team. "
 
Angela Campbell '20
, criminal justice, psychology and sociology major

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"I really love going to school here because it’s in its own little bubble within Greenville. But at the same time it is nice to go out into the community to see familiar faces and local businesses."
 
Amy Meighen '21
, education major

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Tom Sun Headshot

"I’ve always valued the peer led supplemental instruction and free tutors. The different places that are available to study are really nice, especially the library."
 
Tom Sun '19

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"When we were doing the college search, my mom chose one school for me to look at and she chose Thiel for me. I fell in love with the campus."
 
Dylan Proper '22
, sports management and marketing double major

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"I realized I could have everything I want here and it’s close to home. The academics really stood out and it was really affordable for me to come here."
 
Hannah Uschock '22
, political science major

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"Whenever I came to campus I really felt that the faculty cared about my future and campus felt like a home."
 
Cody Wagner '19
, media communications major

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Anthony Donnorummo Headshot

"I visited Thiel every summer for four years, starting in eighth grade. I’d stay on campus for a week or two at a time and take summer classes. This established my connection with Thiel quickly."
 
Anthony Donnorummo '19
, business administration and finance major, politics and economics minor

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"There’s a lot of good people and resources at Thiel. Lean on the people around you and get involved. You’re here for four years and you should enjoy it."
 
Dana Depaulo '18
, business administration, human resource management, marketing, and advertising major

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Mak Sanders Headshot

"I like the small school aspect of Thiel. My high school was small, and I knew Thiel would be the next step up, but I could still be comfortable in my environment."
 
Mak Sanders '21
, history and religion major

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"The older students will help you find your way whenever you get lost, and they can answer any questions you have. It’s nice to know that you always have someone to help you along the way."
 
Jessica Peters '21
, accounting and sports management major

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Mariel Hanely Headshot

"The professors are always thinking about how they can help you. You’re not just a number. Your opinions and your goals matter."
 
Mariel Hanely '20
, accounting, forensic accounting, business administration finance major

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"Thiel really promotes students and sets them up for success during and after college."
 
Josh Evjene '19
, mathematics and secondary education major, physics and Spanish minor

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Filippo Costanzo Headshot

"Thiel made me feel good, and it made me feel challenged. That’s how I knew it would be a good fit."
 
Filippo Costanzo '18
, neuroscience major, biochemistry and biology minor

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"I wanted to go to a school where my teachers knew me, and I wanted to go somewhere where I knew where to get help if I needed it."
 
Camille Radford '18
, English major, international studies minor

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Brooke Gates Headshot

"Being in a secondary education major I work very closely with the professor. Our professor really gets to know us and what we want to do, where we are from and where we want to go."
 
Brooke Gates '18, biology/secondary education major

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"Once you're settled, getting connected and involved is important. The more involved you are, the more fun you're going to have."
 
Diana Sileshi '20
, business administration, fashion retail management major

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Jason Thorp Headshot

"Just remember, everyone is here to help. Thiel offers a lot of opportunities. If you put in the effort and take initiative, it will pay off."
 
Jason Thorp '18
, business administration, management and human resource management major

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"If you want to succeed, Thiel will give you everything you need to do it. You can’t be afraid to try to achieve your dreams because now is the time to go for it."
 
Brittany DeCarmine '18, business administration and history, pre-law major

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Morgan Reisz Headshot

"I came to visit a lot when I was looking at Thiel. When I met the volleyball girls, I loved them, and they were a big reason why I decided to come here."
 
Morgan Reisz '18
, business and accounting major, chemistry minor

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"The professors are a huge reason why anyone comes to Thiel. They always do what they can to get you internships and to develop your resume."
 
Terri Eddy '19, business and accounting major

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Evan Youker Headshot

"A small college like Thiel is a great place to find yourself because that's what we're all doing and you don't get lost in the crowd."
 
Evan Youker '19
, neuroscience major

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