Two graduating seniors and three juniors have received prestigious national awards for their excellence in and out of the classroom. Mary Kate Wolken and Sahil Sandhu earned Fulbright Teaching Assistant awards; they will teach English and serve as American cultural ambassadors in Spain and Tajikistan, respectively.
Mason Rhodes, Siddharth Venkatraman and Spencer Thompson have received Goldwater Scholarships. Over the last decade, Creighton has produced more Goldwater Scholars than any other Catholic university and ranks among the top 25 private universities producing such scholars – joining ranks with Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT.
Each shared something they love about Creighton University.
- Mary Kate Wolken, from Leavenworth, Kansas, says “One of my favorite places on campus is the Jesuit Gardens. It’s a really beautiful and quiet place. It also has a lot of interesting University history items in it, which, as a historian, is super cool.”
- Sahil Sandhu, from Gilbert, Arizona, likes the tight-knit community. “The people of Creighton are always fun and amazing. For such a small place, I feel like it’s pretty diverse. There are a lot of different people who are interesting in their own ways.”
- Spencer Thompson, from the Kansas City area, says participating in Service & Justice Trips through the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice has been a highlight of his time at Creighton. “Those are great trips for students, and I’m so happy Creighton puts so much effort into helping students go on those,” he says. Thompson has been on three so far. “I really feel like I got to meet a great group of other Creighton students I don’t think I would have known otherwise.”
- Mason Rhodes, of Des Moines, Iowa, really likes the faculty-student ratio and the close relationships that are developed with professors. “The Physics Department is amazing,” he says. “The size of it is perfect, because I’m in classes of five or six people with one faculty member. It’s really close, and we do events throughout the year, including an overnight retreat. You get to build really good connections, which really helps if you are pursuing a graduate degree.”
- Sid Venkatraman, of San Jose, California, counts his work with the Department of Residential Life among the most rewarding activities he’s done at Creighton. “I’m an RA, and I work in Kenefick (residence hall),” he says. “It’s been a really good experience for me, to be a mentor to others. It’s taught me a lot about time management, which is a very important life skill, and also college life.”
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