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Algonquin, Ill.

Majors in Elementary Education
Active in Campus Ministry
Not a fan of math

What she loves about St. Ambrose

"There is so much to do here. And it is a really pretty campus."

A Place Where Faith Can Flourish

Becca Payne's belief in God was deep and certain before she arrived at St. Ambrose, but under the oaks she found an environment where her faith could further flourish.

Praying in a downtown Davenport church near the end of her first year, Becca felt herself being called to the sisterhood for the second time in her life. And, this time, she says she knew the right response.

"The religious community here helped me grow in my faith and learn more about it and what it is to be a religious sister," says Becca, who will begin her formation into the Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher shortly before or immediately after her commencement.

Becca enrolled at St. Ambrose with an eye on a teaching career. Now, she will combine a passion for teaching with her devotion to the Church.

"St. Ambrose was the only school I visited," the suburban Chicagoan says. "I fell in love with the school right away and I knew I would do well here."

In her own words

Why St. Ambrose?

I wanted a small school, and I love that it is a Catholic school because I was in public school my whole life. So I wanted a change of pace. Also, a private school gives me a small number of people in the classroom and that makes my life a lot easier. I work better in small groups.

Can you name a faculty member who has challenged you and how?

Dr. Tonya Volkova for Math 210. I have never been good at math and I hated it. I took all the math I needed in high school so I wouldn't have to take any here. But then I went into the education field, and I thought, "No, just kidding. I have to take more math." I had a really rough time for the first couple of weeks. I was really worried, but I went to Dr. Volkova after the first test and she helped me through it. I ended up with a B-.

What does St. Ambrose offer that is essential to your field of study?

The Education program is amazing here. You learn a variety of ways to write lesson plans because you never know what format your district will want you to use. I am also a Catholic Studies minor. There are so many opportunities with any field at St. Ambrose to go and study abroad. I look forward to going to Italy my senior year.

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