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February 20, 2019

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A Match Made in Hamline

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They arrive in September, lugging laptops and lamps…trailed by mom or dad laden with duffels and pillows. From down the street, across the state, or across the globe, they all found, applied to, and chose Hamline. They are the College of Liberal Arts class of 2010, the future, as diverse as the assortment of objects they bring with them from home. We checked in with seven of them during the waning weeks of summer to find out who they are, why they chose Hamline, and what they hope to do when they arrive.

Brad Brake
Wilmont, MN

How are you spending your summer vacation?

I’m living with my brother in Roseville, lifting weights on campus, and playing basketball.

What are you most looking forward to about Hamline?

It’s a really new environment than where I’m from originally. I lived on a farm and graduated with fifty people so Hamline will be really different.

What topics do you most hope to learn about?

I’m going to be a political science major. The campus is pretty liberal and I’m a conservative... I guess I’ll see when I get there.

What’s your “how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline” story?

It was the only school I applied to. In high school, I played in a basketball tournament there and they started recruiting me and it just all worked out. My brother got a job in the Roseville police department so I’ve been living with him and it’s nice to have family up here.

 

Chance Brown
Bloomington, MN

How are you spending your summer vacation?

Working—I’m the sales manager at BB Sport at the Mall of America. I went to Valleyfair and the State Fair, and some out-of-town trips.

What topics do you most hope to learn about at Hamline?

Criminology and law. Plus sociology in general and gender relations.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall?

Working and I plan on joining mock trial. I signed up for a Tae Kwan Do class too; that’s not one of the options you have in high school.

What’s the most unusual item you plan to bring with you?

A bottle filled with water and highlighter ink. It glows in the dark when you put a black light behind it and looks cool.

In what way are you different from most incoming students?

I’m cooler than most of them and way more handsome. I’m a charming, charismatic person who is a little more open to things in college life. I’m outgoing and hyper.

Anything else we should know about you?

On Tuesdays I perform slam poetry at the Blue Nile.

Liz Larrabee
Arden Hills, MN

How are you spending your summer vacation?

I spent a month in a beautiful city called Cuernavaca in Morelos, Mexico. I went with a group of about sixteen students from my high school and we lived with host families and attended a language institute there.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall?

I love being outside! If there is something I can be doing outside, chances are I'm doing it.

What's the most unusual item you plan to bring with you?

A Lucha Libre mask.

In what way are you different from most incoming students?

I don't follow the “party” crowd or give in to the pressure to do things I don’t want to do. I am a Christian and being strong in my faith, I'm not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.

What's your "how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline" story?

My dad went to Hamline [James Larrabee ’73], and because of that I thought I would never want to come here. I participated in Minnesota Private College Week and I needed one more college visit to get my waivers. I was just going to walk through the tours and pretend to listen and just get the day over with. However, once I got here, I absolutely fell in love with it. I felt a real connection to Hamline that I didn’t have at any of the other schools.

 

Michael Schuster
Mahtomedi, MN

How are you spending your summer vacation?

Mostly I’ve been working at Best Buy in Oakdale and spending time seeing my friends.

What topics do you most hope to learn about at Hamline?

I plan on going into genetics after I get my four years done, so biology is big time. Psychology is intriguing too.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall?

In my dorm, or outside a lot. I plan on spending time outside and in downtown Minneapolis.

What’s your “how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline” story?

My parents both graduated from Hamline and that’s where they actually met [James Schuster ’81 and Mary Beth Woods Schuster ’85]. I’d always considered Hamline but I was thinking of going to the University of Minnesota but when I visited I realized I wouldn’t be comfortable with the larger campus. The Hamline community is great. I also got a really large scholarship, which made my decision easy.

 

Sam Lundquist
Gillette, WY

How are you spending your summer vacation?

I’m in a summer hockey league in Brainerd and working for a railroad construction company in Wyoming, where I’m from.

What are you most looking forward to about Hamline?

Playing hockey and starting school again. I’ve been out of school for a couple of years so getting back into dorm life should be fun.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall?

The hockey rink or the library, because my mom’s a librarian.

What’s the most unusual item you plan to bring with you?

My George Foreman grill.

In what way are you different from most incoming students?

I’m the only incoming student from Wyoming.

What’s your “how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline” story?

I came to Minnesota to play hockey after my senior year and Hamline recruited me. My sister goes to Augsburg so I looked at all the MIAC schools and I liked Hamline the best.

 

Whitney Koprowski
Boulder, CO

How are you spending your summer vacation?

Working. I work two jobs. I work at Jamba Juice and a preschool. I also go camping with friends every once in awhile.

What are you most looking forward to about Hamline?

The Cities. Boulder’s not that big so the fact that it’s bigger is nice.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall? Hanging out, and I think I’m going to join the cycling club; I know a girl who is in it. I want to join intramural soccer too.

What’s the most unusual item you plan to bring with you?

I’m bringing my snowboard but I don’t know if I’ll be able to use it. Minnesota is a little different from Colorado.

In what way are you different from most incoming students?

I’m up for anything and I have a good view of what I want to do. I’ve known for eighteen years I want to be a French teacher.

What’s your “how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline” story?

I was looking for a really small school outside of Colorado and got a really good scholarship, which helps. A lot of people go to the University of Colorado so I wanted to do something different.

 

Hannah Eller-Isaacs
Saint Paul, MN

How are you spending your summer vacation?

The first half of my summer I spent hanging out with my friends, tubing on White Bear Lake, going to parties, going to people’s cabins, that sort of thing. Now I work at Great Harvest Bakery (Great bread! Stop by!). I also have been working with Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (the youth movement of Unitarian Universalism) on the continental level working towards dismantling racism.

When not in the classroom, where will we find you this fall?

Doing anti-racism/anti-oppression work, in some meeting or kickin’ it with my friends.

What's the most unusual item you plan to bring with you?

A print that my friend made for my 16th birthday of the “Naked Cowboy” (a man who wears nothing but whitey tighties [sic], a cowboy hat, and cowboy boots).

In what way are you different from most incoming students?

I don’t know because I don’t know them yet, but one thing that has made me stand apart in the past is my ability to speak the truth no matter what I lose. I don’t take crap (can I say that?) from people. That’s just the way I’ve been raised and to be honest, it works for me.

What’s your “how-I-ended-up-at-Hamline” story?

At first I wasn’t interested in applying to schools in the Midwest. I was only applying to schools on the East and West Coast. Then my college counselor suggested I look into Hamline and when I did I found that Hamline’s religious principles and ideology reflected my own in a way that the other schools I was applying to didn’t.

What else should we know about you?

I once argued a case in front of a panel of judges from the Minnesota Supreme Court…it was amazing!

 

Why Hamline?

My staff and I hear this question from most visitors to Hamline. Why should a student attend Hamline?

As College of Liberal Arts alumni, you have your own rationale for why you chose to attend Hamline. Let me share with you one more motivation we find particularly compelling for the prospective students and families who are less familiar with our alma mater—value.

Our visitors know that college is expensive, but that it is a lifelong investment. Nationally, students are attending college at increasing rates, as students learn that to meet challenging personal and professional goals, a college education is a critical (if not mandatory) component for future success.

With these rising rates of college attendance, Hamline must ask: How are we distinctive from other colleges— both public and private—in our value proposition?

We are distinctive first because of Hamline’s Four-Year Graduation Assurance, which states that if a Hamline student meets her or his expectations from the university— and Hamline does not—tuition in a fifth year is the university’s responsibility. Careful advising, academic support, and balanced and accessible course offerings are the Hamline end of the bargain, while students pledge to register on time, pass their classes, and choose a major. The Four-Year Assurance was established in 1993. Five or more years of education will cost students tens of thousands of dollars in additional tuition and lost income from not being in the workforce. We believe that college is a four-year experience, not a lifestyle.

Second, we are committed to being clear about costs and helping families understand the financial aid opportunities that Hamline provides. We offer both need-based aid (linked to family income) and merit-based (linked to academic achievement) financial support. Hamline’s financial aid packages are competitive and we work hard to help families see the many ways our education can be affordable.

Third is the reason students choose a college in the first place, the Hamline learning experience. Hamline’s nationally recognized curriculum, The Hamline Plan, is not an esoteric collection of requirements. It is a clear set of goal-oriented and skills-based requirements that allow students to build a degree that is geared toward their longterm aspirations. Our students learn how to apply skills that employers and graduate programs seek on a daily basis:

• Writing, speaking, and technology skills

• Understanding how disciplines intersect to

develop critical thinking and logical reasoning

• Independent and team-oriented work

• Understanding interpersonal and

cross-cultural differences

• Applying theory to practice in internships or

fieldwork to prepare for future careers

Fourth, Hamline provides excellent support as students set and meet goals. This ranges from participation in cocurricular activities to academic opportunities, all geared toward expanding and executing the skills that our students have learned. Hallmarks of this support are the student/faculty collaborative research program, amazing study abroad opportunities, our internship and career development program, service learning and community service, and leadership opportunities in student organizations and athletics.

The costs of attending college are real. Hamline’s combination of programs, student support, and goal setting are value-driven with the purpose of providing prospective students with an exceptional education regardless of their background and means.

Just as it did for you four years or four decades ago, Hamline truly provides an exceptional experience for its students. That’s why they—and we—chose Hamline.

 

By: Steve Bjork