Destination UE

Hands-on opportunities lead to a bright future

“After coming to Road Trip my senior year of high school and taking a tour of UE, I knew that this smaller liberal arts school would be a much better fit.”

Tessa McLinden

Major: International Studies/Spanish/Political Science

A True Calling

Tessa first heard about Evansville when she received a callback for the theatre program at a thespian conference her senior year of high school. Though she had chosen not to pursue theatre, she did some research on the University and a recruiter came to her high school in Colorado who really piqued her interest. After hearing about the incredible study abroad opportunities (specifically Harlaxton) she was committed.

Build Relationships

The various organizations available at UE have been extremely important in helping Tessa’s education. The leadership and honors societies have helped her build relationships with like-minded students and figure out what she would like to do with her degree after graduation. Also, organizations like Admission Ambassadors, intramurals, and Quidditch Club have helped her to get comfortable and become involved in the UE community.

Faculty Inspiration

Tessa said there are a few faculty mentors who have been significant to her college success. At the beginning of her freshman year, Dr. Diana Rodriguez-Quevedo was a close mentor who encouraged her to get out of her comfort zone. Also during her freshman year, Dr. Wesley Milner piqued her interest in both international studies and political science. “These two professors encouraged me to study abroad twice, which were two of the greatest experiences of my life,” she said.

Ask Lots of Questions

“I highly recommend visiting and taking tours of the universities you are considering and ask a lot of questions about how the school will be able to fit your learning style and future career goals. For example, by taking a tour of a big state school in Colorado, I learned that a huge student body was not what I was looking for. After coming to Road Trip my senior year of high school and taking a tour of UE, I knew that this smaller liberal arts school would be a much better fit.”

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