What People Say
Students, Faculty, and Alumni share their Learning Community Experiences…
The Education LC has introduced me to some of my best friends! Starting off college knowing no one, I loved having several classes with familiar faces, all of whom want to be teachers just like me! It was nice living on the same floor with my classmates because I could walk next door to ask about a homework question and there was always someone there for me when I needed help. I also had the opportunity to visit The Magic House and the City Museum, observing children and providing hands-on experience to help me with my major, while having fun at the same time!
Natalie Gawedzinski, Education 2011
Pathways was a great first year experience and an easy way to integrate into college. My professors made my learning experience more fulfilling by showing personal attention. Our group was so close we took a fun, adventurous trip to Memphis. The Memphis experience brought us together to make our class experience more of a cozier, family feeling. If you want to get involved on campus at Webster, then you should join a learning community. It is a great first semester college experience and tons of fun.
Brett Westbrook, Pathways 2011
Being a part of the Scholars LC made me want to explore more leadership opportunities on campus, step up and seek out my potential. The professors are incredible and extremely knowledgeable. The programs we’ve done have brought diverse people together and eventually made us friends.
Taylor Snead, Scholars 2011
I really loved being in the LC. It allowed me to make friends that I'm not sure I would have made if I hadn't been able to see the same people for some of my classes. It was fun being able to ask people about my classes and what to expect. It was also fun for me as a commuter since I wasn't able to be on campus 24/7. Overall, I'm glad I decided to apply.
Samantha Hitchings, Global Education 2011
The Social Engagement Learning Community is exactly what the name says, social. The face that most of the students are housed together on the same floor and even in the same room was a huge advantage to everyone in the community. The three classes we took as a cohort made it easier for us to work together and adjust to one another. The biggest advantage of being in an LC is help with your assignments is right next door to you or across the hall.
Yvette Kwaku, Social Engagement 2011
I'm really glad I decided to be in the Communications Learning Community because it helped me make friends that are interested in the same thing I am. Actually, it helped me make my best friends. With me being a commuter I was really concerned about not making friends as easy but the LC changed that completely for me. Also being able to have access to the dorms helps a lot too with group projects and just to hang out with friends!
Katie Ploesser, Communications 2011
Living together was my favorite part of the experience. There’s always someone from the LC to talk to in the lounge. Commuter students come to our floor and everyone hangs out together. It was so helpful to be around other art students.
Breana Overly, Fine Arts 2011
The Fine Art Learning Community fosters an intensive collaboration between students and faculty, learning and making, inside and outside of the classroom. Students receive individualized attention from faculty and form a community bond that lasts throughout their education and beyond.
Robin Assner, Fine Arts LC Faculty, Fall 09-11
I love being an LC faculty member. Each and every student bring such a unique perspective to the class. Most class periods end up being quite an adventure because the students take discussions in so many different and unexpected directions.
Mary Preuss, Pathways LC Faculty Fall 11-12
The Global Education LC has been a positive experience from my perspective because students learn so much more from each other and from comparing their own personal experiences with the cultural information we are learning in class. LCs provide benefits that are hard to measure -- its something about the feeling of being able to walk around campus and recognize familiar faces easily and early in the first semester at a new place -- learning how to comfortably discuss interests and abilities within a community of peers who may not always agree, but share common interests -- finding their "voice" and developing skills in articulating thoughts and ideas about culture and their place in the world. These are experiences that open our students up to possibility and engage them in seeking other opportunities outside of the LC - truly connecting them to Webster and to each other.
Bethany Keller, Global Education LC Faculty 2011
The group knows each other before coming to class. There is much more interest in learning the material being presented. I have noticed with LC students that they are willing to help each other in their learning the material in the class. This of course, means that this will continue with them as individuals as they go through school and into the real world experience.
John Houston, Communications LC Faculty, Fall 08 – Fall 11
For me, the benefits of the Pathways program extended beyond my freshman year. Not only did I make some of my best friends, but the faculty and staff involved in the program are also committed to their students' long-term success. Now as an alumnus, I continue to appreciate the support these mentors provided throughout my Webster experience and have continued to provide through my transition into post-graduation life.
Kelly Diecker, Psychology Major, graduated 2010