Sarah Darling, Trine communication major
Sarah Darling never feels like an outsider simply because she comes from out of town. In fact, being in college here feels a lot like family.
"Coming from a small high school, I wanted a small college," Sarah says. "You can have an actual friendly relationship with your professors. If my car breaks down or I get sick, being an out–of–towner isn't such a big deal, because my professors will help me get where I need to go. You don't get that many other places."
"I love the close–knit family feel, especially in the communication department. They are here to help you succeed. I have my own support team rather than being on my own."
Her department is special because of its growth, she says. "The beauty of the communication department is that it is ever–changing. The newspaper is evolving and getting better. The radio station (WEAX) is expanding. The professors are always developing more classes and staying current with the media. They give me options and guide me as I learn how to be on my own. In a few years, I'll have to get a full-time job, and thanks to my department, I'm sure I'll be ready for it."
Department chair Mike McNamara has been an invaluable interpersonal asset, she said. "He is my closest ally in my college life. He is 100 percent focused on helping me get the most out of my college years and setting me up for success right out of college."
"Professor Mike Blaz challenges us to rethink why we feel or think the way we do. We aren't allowed to just think something — there must be a reason. Racheal Benner, the department's administrative assistant and faculty adviser for The Triangle staff, is one of my closest friends on campus."
A member of the Honors Program, she takes full advantage of the student activities, joining Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Circle K, writing, editing and training as editor-in-chief for The Triangle, and singing with the University Choir. "There are so many things to do that the campus life doesn't focus on one group of people," she said.