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Miracle Leach

Lockport, Ill.

Majors in Music and Theology
Member of the Multicultural Affairs Community Action group
Sings Gospel music
Stars annually in Ambrose Idol

Her St. Ambrose lesson

"I have learned that college is about learning who you are."

A Place to Find Yourself

Miracle Leach thought she was shy, uncomfortable and more than a little out of place when she arrived at St. Ambrose University.

Raised "fully Pentacostal" by a father who was a minister and a mother who was a missionary, Miracle arrived at a small, private Catholic school a few Augusts back, hoping to challenge herself but uncertain she was ready. When she reported to Urban Plunge, the pre-first day community service project involving first-year SAU students, she promptly staked out a vacant corner of the Rogalski Ballroom.

"I was literally standing in a corner," she says. "I didn't want to talk to anybody. I didn't want to do anything."

Yet, after Matt Hansen, director of residence life at SAU, introduced himself and coaxed her into a group of fellow students, Miracle found it took a minute to notice after Hansen left the small circle. "I was talking to other people," she recalls.

Some years later, Miracle says, "There are a lot of things I have learned here that I would not have learned if I was still with my family and the people who knew me. That environment was shaping me into someone, and they were telling me who I was. When you get out by yourself, you learn about yourself."

Among the many things Miracle has learned? "I am not a shy person," she says with a chuckle. "I don't know where that came from. I'm a go-getter. I actually love people. I have had an awesome experience here."

In her own words

What is your favorite St. Ambrose tradition?

MACA hosts Gospel Fest each year, and I am a gospel singer. I always do some kind of a solo. It's good to bring the gospel tradition onto campus. That is something I can connect with. And it is growing every year.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Quad Cities?

Eat. There is so much good food out here. Also, one of the things I appreciate here is the free use of the bus for St. Ambrose students. When I didn't have a car, I could get on the bus and go anywhere.

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