Home Sweet Home
There are many factors to consider when choosing a college, from the size of the campus to the degrees offered, but to Brooke Wininger it was the sense of belonging that was most important. “Choose a university that you would be proud to call home for the next four years.”
Brooke looked for the genuine connections with the faculty, staff, and current students because, for her, it’s these connections that not only welcome a student to the campus, but also inspire them.
Small but Powerful
Although UE may be small, there are just as many educational opportunities as there are at a bigger school. There is almost always something new going on at UE’s campus. Career forums, guest speakers, discussion panels, and cultural presentations, such as iHouse, are just a few of the opportunities that Brooke attended and she enjoyed all of them.
In the classroom, Brooke was especially influenced by Joyce Stamm, assistant professor of biology. “She not only taught me valuable lessons in the classroom, but also advised me throughout my pre-medical undergraduate career.” Brooke talked with Stamm about everything. Whether it was Brooke’s decision to study abroad or take a gap year, Stamm was there with advice. “She constantly reminds me that it’s okay to be a biology major who knows how to have fun!”
The close-knit communities of UE and the city made Brooke feel accepted. She made many strong connections with the faculty and staff, other on-campus leaders, and fellow members of the Greek community. And that’s just on-campus. “Although Evansville is the third largest city in the state of Indiana, it is easy to make it feel small,” Brooke said. “There is a niche for every type of person here.”