Class of 2012
Angela had her choice of schools, but came to Merrimack as part of the new Honors Program knowing she would have a hand in shaping it for future honors students.
Angela was attracted to Merrimack's Honors Program, which is based on St. Augustine’s idea of teaching and learning alongside colleagues and peers, and which limits class size to 15 students in order to encourage classroom interaction that feels more like conversation.
“Merrimack’s Honors Program places me with other students who are ambitious and eager to share thoughts and ideas,” said Angela.
In high school, Angela took Advanced Placement and honors classes, participated in student government and the Italian Club, and wrote for literary magazines. She found the same outlets at Merrimack, where she currently participates in the Student Government Association, Italian Club, English Club, and the Austin Scholar program.
Angela has found several “built-in” groups of friends through her activities on campus and also serves the community off campus. The Honors Program has a sustained service learning component which gives students the opportunity to serve at the same site for over two semesters. Angela works with ESL students at the Lazarus House (Lawrence, MA).
“It can be difficult because the students speak Spanish and very little English, but you find ways to communicate,” said Angela.
Angela decides what to teach her ESL student and she is seeing improvement already. She finds her mentee showing others how to do things, and his English reading skills are improving. Most importantly, they are connecting: “I told my ESL student how much I liked chocolate and then he brought me a candy bar the next time.”
“The program made me want to come here since you can work with the program and make it your own.”