"I got a scholarship to come to the United States when I was 15, and I went to high school at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. I decided on Champlain because I like the size of the school, and I heard they have a great accounting program."
"I am thousands of miles away from home, so that can be challenging. But I have a host family here, and they're my family away from home. Last summer, I was the International Student Orientation Leader, and new international students came to me with many questions like "What do I do? I'm homesick." And I could say, "Yeah, I've experienced that," and I was able to help, and that felt great."
Lawuo, Accounting majorGbarnga City, LiberiaDIVISON OF BUSINESS
"Champlain is a school where you dive right into your major. They give you the right classes so you know if you really want to be doing your major for a living. They give you inspiration for your career. My teachers are always offering office hours. They encourage us to come see them whenever we need help. It definitely gets away from the stereotype of a large college where you're just a number. There's no distance between the students and faculty.""Burlington feels right. There are so many things to do outside of class, including events downtown that can be used in school. I can go to see a local band then write about it for a class in my major. Burlington has become where I live, not just where I go to school. I fell in love with the place. Champlain seems as if it were meant to be here. It has become part of the city."
Jude, Management of Creative Media majorWilliamstown, MADIVISON OF BUSINESS
Ariana is using her mix of traditional and emerging arts education along with cutting edge technology to build her graphic design masterpieces. "Studying traditional fine arts helps teach us about form, structure, shading techniques, color usage and even abstract theories, all aspects that are also applied to graphic design. Important as it is to learn the latest digital techniques, having a knowledgeable grasp on where the ideas behind such techniques come from is equally important. Having a better understanding of fine arts and how they apply to emerging arts has greatly helped me to improve overall as a graphic designer."
"The division offers a number of assets that I wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. From Day 1, I was taking actual design classes that were both interesting and useful for my career goals. Champlain also offers the latest and best technologies that students are able to take advantage of. Whether it's using the brand new computers and programs in the Perry Barn Studio or equipment like cameras and light kits, literally anything needed for generating the best-quality creative media is made available for free student use."
Her best masterpiece, however, is just that—herself.
Ariana, Graphic Design and Digital Media majorWest Chester, PADIVISON OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
For Tevin, Champlain helped him break out of his shell and find his voice both literally and figuratively. "I've become more expressive. I'm better able to speak for myself and stand up for myself, and I've become more confident. I'm definitely more social now, and I've made a ton of new friends."
"Something I discovered while attending Champlain that I'd really like to do, now that I've started coming out of my shell a bit, is voice-acting. That's acting out the role of a character in speech only as opposed to playing them physically. I voice-acted for a computer game called You Dunnit that a group of seniors created. That's definitely something I'd like to look into when I get out of college. Maybe I can get a job at a game studio."
Tevin, Creative Media majorBranford, CTDIVISON OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Ariel chose to major in psychology because she loves helping people. She's completed internships at Fletcher-Allen Hospital and at the Sustainability Academy, which serves children from the refugee resettlement community. "These experiences really helped me gain a broader entrance into helping a variety of people," she says.
Ariel is excited about the possibility of giving back what she feels she's been given. "I'd love to work with college students someday; they always have a fiery passion for what they're doing. I've received such great assistance from Champlain's faculty and staff. My education here has really opened up my world. I'd like to help other students have the same experience and help them achieve the goals that they have for their lives. I think there is something invaluable in that."
Ariel, Psychology majorArlington, VTDIVISON OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES
Laurel knows her role goes beyond the classroom. "I traveled to Europe, worked for a professor, served as a resident assistant and taught school in two countries. I am more than just an education student."
"Champlain has made me more confident. I gained a lot of good skills to market myself. I learned to write well and am proficient in several software programs. In the schools where I train, the teachers like the Champlain students and know that we are on top of things. Other college students usually intern in their senior year for only one semester, so they lack long-term contact and experience."
"After graduation, I do plan to teach, perhaps overseas. I like being out of my comfort zone. That's something I would not have known if I had not come to Champlain. I feel I'm ready to do many things."
Laurel, Middle School Teacher Education majorIpswich, MADIVISON OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES
"The best resource I've found in terms of preparing for a career is the school's Career Services Office. My career adviser does a great job helping you prepare your resume and look for internships. He sends out emails about prospective employers and is there for anything else you might need. The Career Services department here is really, really good. They cannot get enough credit."
"Academically, the technical courses here are taught by people who really know their stuff. They're not afraid to challenge you."
Patrick, Computer Information Technology majorAverill Park, NYDIVISON OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
Core curriculum was one of the main reasons Allison came to Champlain. "I really like my Core classes because I can apply my knowledge and see how things connect in a variety of fields. Being able to think from different perspectives is a great learning opportunity. It gives you a tool set you can apply to any field."
"I went to Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. Traveling made me realize how similar places can be. We may speak different languages, but we're not all that different. It was nice to learn that I can travel anywhere in the world and feel I can communicate with the people there."
Allison, Computer Science and Innovation majorBrookline, NHDIVISON OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES