What Other Students Say
Do you wonder what actual students have said about learning in our college?
The following are testimonials by some of the students who have pursued their education within CLAS programs:
Robyn Crutchfield ‘16 Major: Sociology
Robyn Crutchfield wanted to make sure she was far enough away from home, but not too far when she chose the University of Illinois Springfield. “I enjoy the small school feel of UIS and the feeling of support I get here,” she says. The sociology major is heavily involved on campus as president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and the Tau Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She’s also treasurer of Black Student Union, which works to empower minority students. “UIS is preparing me with my future by providing me with a good education,” she says. “I have been able to test my own leadership skills in many situations.”
Paris Ervin, news reporter for WICS-TV Springfield, on how experiential learning boosted her B.A. in Communication: Math students have fun, too!
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a reporter. UIS gave me the opportunity to work at a television station while still in school and that made all the difference. Having a degree is one thing, but to have a degree and job experience to to along with it gives you an edge.”
Christie A. Caceres, chemist at Prairie Analytical Systems, Inc., on the value of her B.A. in Chemistry:
“The Chemistry program at UIS gave me the confidence and knowledge to achieve gainful employment in the chemistry field at Prairie Analytical. I was able to advance in the company as well, thanks to the good laboratory practice and basic analytical skills that I learned.”
Maureen Skube, writing instructor, on how her English degree changed her perspective:
“Completing my English B.A. at UIS has allowed me to gain skills and courage to reach for goals I once beleived were beyond me. My professors nurtured my work with positive suggestions and compassionate guidance. Entering the English Master’s program [felt] more like a natural transition than the impossible dream I once thought.”