"I want to take what I've learned at Roanoke and be able to apply it wherever I go. As a student, I'm not going to remain in the classroom forever. So, if I only take what I learn in the classroom and apply it in the classroom, what education did I really get?"
“Roanoke College taught me to follow my gut instincts and to shine where I know that I'm talented. It was all right to listen to my true self and explore what that meant. It helped me achieve a wonderful education and gave me leadership skills that carried on through my professional life.”
“When I first came to Roanoke College, I was a little shy. I didn't really know what I really wanted to do here. And then through all of the things I've been a part of, I basically rose in the ranks and found out that I'm a really good leader.”
“I think that in my life, but also in students' lives, the goal is to find balance between finding things that bring us joy, but also putting ourselves into challenging situations. The struggle is part of how we grow and how we become stronger citizens and stronger people in the world.”
“My purpose is to help people in any way that I can. I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity when I can, I'm in a service fraternity, and that's why I'm in it. It makes me happy. It makes me feel fulfilled and it does something else.”
“Knowing that I can do real good in my community by focusing on things that matter - that brings me joy. I've also become more comfortable with the idea that you can do something that matters and also get paid to do it.”
"I have discovered that my purpose is to help create safe spaces for people. For people to be their authentic self. Where you don't have to check yourself at the door, you don't have to be this cookie cutter version of you, but you can be truly a hundred percent who you are."
"Purpose to me is thinking about what principles and values give your life meaning and what you need to do - letting those guide you and your actions and your beliefs."
"In the dining hall to housekeeping, to every sport here, to every professor here, we want our students to have a great college experience and get a great education. But we want them to be great people and we want to see the best in them and the greatness in them come out."
"I cannot emphasize enough how big of a role advising at Roanoke has had in changing my life and how big of a role my advisors have in my life. If I have questions, not only is someone going to definitely be there for me, but they're also going to know a lot about that specialty."
"I've learned a lot about myself and how I respond to challenges and adversities. Whether it's in the classroom, in the cafeteria, on the basketball court, I've learned how to handle those challenges and come out on top."
"You could probably teach at other places, you might be able to guide students in other places, but that small friendly community really spoke to me and attracted me to Roanoke College. I find joy here because I'm able to help others."
"At Roanoke College, I’ve learned about myself. Getting involved in psychology research as an undergraduate has been a big boost in my confidence. It helped me realize the things I’m capable of and that really gave me the confidence I needed to keep pursuing it."
"Going to Roanoke College allowed me to explore so many different opportunities. I had wonderful mentors. I had peers, I had colleagues who encouraged me to stretch myself, my thinking, what I might've been interested in, and that extends beyond college for me."