Learning Outside the Classroom with Bryana

Segment #4 from Roanoke College


We can’t wait for you to meet Bryana. Originally from Maine, Bryana is involved in the honors program, research and service learning. Roanoke is known for its academic exploration opportunities. The students here have unlimited options to explore research, which includes all areas from the arts and humanities to the social sciences and sciences. Take it away, Bryana.

– Thanks, Alex. Hey, everyone. When looking into colleges, I knew I wanted to leave my home state. I chose Roanoke College ’cause I want a small campus with many opportunities and Roanoke fit that bill perfectly. Coming into college, I wanted to be a business administration major and really hope to be part of the honors program. Getting into the program filled me with excitement for the next four years. Honors has given me a community of advisors and nearly 50 classmates I call friends. I’ve also connected with people across campus by joining various clubs and organizations that align with my interest. From being a part of our co-ed environmental fraternity to participating in the Women ECON club and the Rock Climbing Club, I found communities that resonate with me. Additionally, I’ve had some exhilarating experiences with outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting, caving and bouldering trips, which have added excitement and camaraderie to my college journey. Recently, I received an incredible research opportunity from a club advisor to work in the ECON lab. I’m diving into sustainable investing, something I never imagined I’d get the opportunity to work on outside the classroom. We research independently, but still meet as a group to discuss our progress and collaborate. I’m currently doing a literature review and reading articles. It’s been an eye-opening experience and I’m learning so much through hands-on research that goes beyond traditional coursework. No matter the major you choose here, there are a thousand opportunities to expand your horizons and try new things. There are many research opportunities to get to know your professors outside the classroom. I’ve created excellent connections with students and faculty through all the clubs, labs, and programs I participate in. That’s my story. Back to you, Alex.

– Wow, what a cool story, Bryana. Your passion for what Roanoke has to offer is contagious. You truly highlight the opportunities that are offered for each individual student, but also the importance of the personal mentorship from faculty members, which truly makes a difference. Thank you for sharing your experience, Bryana. Take care.

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