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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    The Civic Scholar

    Ashley Barton, RWU Class of 2015

    Creative Writing + Legal Studies

    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.

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    The Modern Dancer in NYC

    Christina Robson, RWU Class of 2009


    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.

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    Thriving in Science

    Kiserian Jackson, RWU Class of 2018


    Even before Kiserian Jackson presented scientific research projects at a regional conference, he had been recognized by RWU as a young leader capable of accomplishing great things.

  • A headshot of Amanda Keane '15

    Reaching a Childhood Dream

    Amanda Keane, RWU Class of 2015


    Ever since she was a child, Amanda Keane knew one thing about her career: she wanted to be on TV. After graduating from RWU's journalism program and working for the last two years as an on-air reporter, Keane got her wish, and so much more.

  • A headshot of Chelsea Boulrisse, Class of 2016

    Embodying a Reporter

    Chelsea Boulrisse, RWU Class of 2016


    When Chelsea Boulrisse landed a job in Wabash, Indiana as a reporter, she knew her first months would be spent establishing herself as a trusted journalist in the community. With her comprehensive degree from RWU, Chelsea did just that.