When I was looking at colleges, I decided I generally liked the smaller schools because I felt they were more welcoming and could see myself being better known and getting more involved. I liked that I would recognize lots of friendly faces around campus, and that I couldn't hide in the back of huge classrooms, but rather would have to engage with professors and be held accountable for my work.
I have found all of these things, and more, to be true for me here at Rockhurst. Rockhurst is a school that truly does care for each student. This care is reflected in the committment and dedication of all the staff and faculty, and in the programs and opportunities available to us.
A few examples:
- I don't know how many Universities there are where you can find yourself eating a casual lunch in the Fishbowl with the University President. Rockhurst, however, is one of them. A few weeks ago we had Greek Week on campus, and Fr. Curran came to sit down with me and some friends. He also attends every campus event that he can--including our Rockstock concert this past weekend (Jack's Mannequin!), and Voices for Justice's Karaoke for a Cause (in fact, he sang himself).
- This Friday night I went to Rockhurst's inaugural Pro Musica concert, in which 4 students performed medieval orchestral pieces under the direction of our new choir director. As I was sitting there listening to the beautiful sounds of Old English lyrics and the drone of the medieval instrument I had never even seen before, I was thinking: only at Rockhurst. Only at Rockhurst would these students with such a unique interest be able to explore them in such depth and perform on a Friday night.
- Lastly, this week is the last week of classes for us, and Wednesday is our Study Day. As per tradition, Student Senate hosts a Midnight Breakfast in the cafeteria on this night, to make staying up late studying for finals more bearable. You bring a can or $1 in exchange for pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, and more, all in the company of, well, basically the whole school. It's very similar to the Thanksgiving Dinner we have every November. It is such a neat tradition, and definitely an experience unique to a small University to be able to enjoy such moments with all of your friends in one place.