Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Miami, life as a Miami student, the value of a liberal arts education, their study abroad experiences and internships, and more.

Olivia Ferrazza

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"What I love most about my [nutrition] major and [Food Systems & Food Studies] co-major is how well they fit together, especially because they share a lot of required classes. I am constantly sitting in my classes for my co-major, using things I have learned from my nutrition major, and vice versa. I enjoy constantly connecting the pieces between my studies, and realizing that I have a very unique perspective to bring to classes."


Read what Olivia had to say about her internship and study abroad experiences.


Tre King

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"I love how flexible my media and culture classes are. There's a lot of diversity in the material, such as screenwriting, film and video production, media aesthetics, and more. The versatility of the different coursework really prepares you to go into any sector within the media field, which is a multitude of various careers."


Read what Tre had to say about his path to finding his major.


Faith Walker

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"Having studied abroad three times as a Miami student is the best. Most recently, I received an Undergraduate Summer Scholarship, which is a grant-funded research project sponsored by a Miami faculty mentor. I chose to go back to Ireland to work at an excavation site in the northwest while doing an independent study project on community engagement. I was part of a team excavating at Toin an Tsean Bhaile, an 18th-19th century abandoned village from before the Great Famine."


Read what Faith had to say about her 3 study abroad experiences.


Sophie Kullman

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"My writing, including creative, professional and screenwriting, has improved a lot over my 4 years at Miami. I have a lot to work with, including experience with software, editing, and camera equipment. I know my way around a TV studio and how it works — but I hope that wherever I go, whether that be PR or media or entertainment, I am going to be writing. It's what I love to do."


Read what Sophie had to say about her study away and study abroad experiences.


Alexa Lawhorn

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"One thing I really love about both of my departments, history and comparative religion, is how much the professors want to get to know the students and make those personal connections. You get to hear about their research, and they like to ask you questions about what you're interested in, and then you can geek out together, which is always super fun."


Read what Alexa had to say about her research and her two majors.


Esha Chadha

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"When I was five, my dad passed away from cancer. He was a physician, and even after getting chemotherapy radiation he would go to work so he could be there for his patients no matter what. So I knew that I wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to make an impact on lives like he did. Coming to Miami, I realized that this is my purpose."


Read what Esha had to say about her research and her non-profit organization.


Christian Contessa

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"Something at Miami that's really important is relationship building and forming a good rapport with your professors and fellow classmates. I think that's highly stressed here, which I really do enjoy. I think that those interpersonal and social skills, those soft skills, are going to lead me very well into anything that I'm doing in the future, and for that I'm very grateful to Miami."


Read what Christian had to say about his majors and being a student leader.


Hailey Kingsbury

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"At Miami, the speech pathology and audiology major has highly qualified professors that teach specialized courses while serving clients in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. They have worked in every setting, and it's very valuable to have access to their expertise."


Read what Hailey had to say about her research and passion for audiology.


Grace Chaney

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"Looking back at my last three years at Miami, I never would have imagined how many opportunities my research involvement would generate, nor how big of a role it would play in my life and future. My research commitments have allowed me to become a better communicator, problem solver, investigator and above all else, a more empathetic and patient person."


Read what Grace had to say about her advocacy efforts and her dedication to research.


Rachel Sullivan

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"Miami offers so many different types of classes under the umbrella of liberal arts. With the classes I've taken in the College of Arts and Science, I have acquired a wide range of information for a very wide range of interests. You learn many different ways to approach a certain problem or material rather than just getting sucked into one topic. I feel confident that I can read a research report or dive into a novel and get critical information out of both."


Read what Rachel had to say about her research on medical decision-making.


Jeri Oranski

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"Miami's liberal arts education does a really good job encouraging students to venture outside their discipline, giving you a chance to develop those interdisciplinary skills. My professors and academic advisors have been very supportive, helping me navigate majors and minors and the more nuanced path that I wanted to follow."


Read what Jeri had to say about her internship in Bangalore, India.


Elyse Legeay

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"My coursework is all-encompassing in and out of the classroom. I've learned so much about so many different parts of the world, which has been so insightful and immensely helpful in all my classes. But beyond that, I'm learning a lot of really valuable skills — not just the knowledge base, but also enhancing skills that are applicable in any discipline."


Read what Elyse had to say about working with minority children in Kosovo.


Santiago Puente Davila

photo of Santiago Puente Davila(Class of 2022)

"I made my decision to come to Miami around 3 days before the deadline. I was split between Miami and another university, but I realized that Miami's faculty and advisors really care about helping students get wherever they need to go. I didn't really see that at other universities."


Read what Santiago had to say about his study abroad experiences and Miami Mock Trial.


Graham Curry

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"Of all the colleges I visited while in high school, I felt most comfortable at Miami. The campus is beautiful and just the right size…Now that I've attended Miami for a few years, I've found that it's so nice to recognize people when I am walking around campus…That sense of familiar accessibility is my favorite part of the Miami community."


Read what Graham had to say about the medical education boardgame he developed.


Abby Heublein

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"Miami's liberal arts program, provided through the College of Arts and Science, has made my major very well-rounded. It allows you to craft a degree combination that fits your interests…The writing requirements at Miami have helped me develop a strong writing background…The liberal arts have definitely made me a better, more deliberate writer."


Read what Abby had to say about her research on remote sensing of horseshoe crab habitat.