Undergraduate Stories

The RWU student experience is packed with hands-on projects, real-world opportunities, unique program offerings, personalized interactions with faculty, and much more. All of it meant to help students discover their passions while preparing for a successful career and a fulfilling life. Our students are independent thinkers, scholars, leaders, scientists, architects, artists, researchers, world travelers, athletes, and more.

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    From Small School Magazine to Big Time Publisher

    Ash Lago, RWU Class of 2010

    English Literature

    A lot of English and creative writing majors dream of connecting with renowned American novelists and famous literary critics. For RWU graduate Ash Lago, however, this is no dream. This is everyday life.

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    A Peace Keeper

    Tyler Porter, RWU Class of 2020

    Architecture

    Sometimes it's not just what you do in the classroom but what you do outside that makes the difference. Find out what that means for Tyler Porter.

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    The Math Detective

    Andrew Delsanto, RWU Class of 2018

    Applied Mathematics

    Andrew Delsanto is deploying advanced math equations and computer modeling to piece together how a well-known treatment for Parkinson’s disease works inside the brain.

  • Headshot of Ashley Barton

    The Civic Scholar

    Ashley Barton, RWU Class of 2015

    Creative Writing

    Passionate and dedicated efforts toward social equity and justice have gained significant momentum across campus over the past few years. A strong embodiment of this work is alumna Ashley Barton.

  • Robinson Dancing

    The Modern Dancer in NYC

    Christina Robson, RWU Class of 2009

    Dance/Performance

    Christina Robson graduated as a dance/performance major and visual arts minor in 2009. Now, she's a professional dancer in New York City currently working with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

  • Headshot of Abigail Higgins

    A Deeper Understanding Through First-hand Experience

    Abigail Higgins, RWU Class of 2020

    Elementary Education

    Most teacher candidates at university-based programs don't have extensive faculty-supervised K-12 classroom time until their senior year. As a sophomore, elementary education major Abigail Higgins is breaking that mold thanks to the new elementary teacher residency model at RWU.

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    Experienced Guidance

    ​Emily Parratt​, RWU Class of 2018

    American Studies

    Emily Parratt spent the beginning of her senior year reliving her first freshman days on campus. This time as a Peer Mentor.

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    The Entrepreneurial Preservationist

    Ben Bergenholtz, RWU Class of 2003

    Historic Preservation

    With a bachelor’s and master’s in historic preservation from RWU, Ben Bergenholtz ’03 ’12M has built a business of bringing historic buildings back to life.

  • A headshot of Judith Suffrard

    Looking to Make Her Mark

    Judith Suffrard, RWU Class of 2021

    International Business

    When Judith Suffrard, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, visited RWU in the summer between sixth and seventh grade, RWU made such an impression that – even though she received full-tuition scholarships to three other universities – it was still an easy decision to become a Hawk.