Whether your focus is on business, science, education or the arts, your experiences at St. Ambrose will pave the way to a successful future. Expect your communication skills-and your confidence-to increase significantly during your first semester, and those new skills to benefit you both socially and academically.
In many majors, such as education and nursing, you're in the classroom or clinic your first year. It's all about helping you discern the right fit for the career path you've chosen.
Think of every experience as a learning opportunity. Through organizations like Ambrosians for Peace & Justice, Campus Ministry, and the Service Learning Department, you'll have the chance to participate in community service activities that will not only benefit those in need, but also shape who you are as a person.
Last year, the Ambrose chapter of Habitat for Humanity created "Shanty Town," a collection of makeshift tents in which 18 students and faculty slept overnight to raise awareness about homelessness during Multicultural Week. Recent alum Phil Reges '08 says shedding light on poverty and the right to live in decent housing allows students to see beyond their "bubble" of existence on campus.
Study abroad can stretch your capabilities and confidence. When Rachel Taylor '09 traveled to Italy to study theology, not only did she experience a different culture, she felt the history of the country. Students learned to articulate both the common threads linking and the features unique to periods of Christian tradition. In other words, they learned to explain in what ways we are very much like those who have gone before us and in what other ways we are compelled to strike out on new paths. "Being at the ground level and actually touching the places we had studied made all the difference."