Students in all academic disciplines are given the opportunity to partner with professors and engage in research, scholarship and creative endeavors as early as their freshman year in order to build a compelling resume to help them stand out to future employers and graduate schools.
So we have this really cool program called the Research Rookies Program. The Research Rookies is open to all freshmen. You go through a set of different presentations, speakers, assignments. And you really learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a good researcher.
Starting second semester of my sophomore year, I got to pair with my exercise science academic advisor. We got to do some undergraduate research that looked into upper extremity injuries in the shoulder and elbow with some of the baseball teams on campus.
It's allowed me to apply the knowledge that I learn in a classroom, which is crucial for the health professional world today to be able to know that I grasp it 100%.
Our students have the opportunity, in any discipline, in any field, to work one on one with a faculty mentor on a project that's new in their field. And so we have students creating plays and we have students doing research in criminal justice and in law and in psychology, and the sciences, of course.
Within my major, which is game design, almost all of our work is collaborative, because that's what it's going to be like in the industry. I was lucky enough to have an internship the summer of my sophomore year going into junior year.
All the communication skills, all the practical skills, all of those tools paid off because I'm going back next summer. What you learn here really does translate into what you're going to do after you graduate.