A different kind of student comes to Roberts Wesleyan College. At Roberts, education is the key to advancement but character is the key to leadership. Our students are driven to advance themselves. Perhaps you can identify.
View our alumni and current student stories to hear how Roberts helped prepare them for success in their professional and personal lives.
I chose Roberts because I was looking for preparation for my career. One program that has given me that experience is Enactus. Enactus has provided me with challenges, opportunities, and memories. In my freshman year I was involved in CASH, a tax preparation franchise for low income families. This unforgettable experience gave me hands-on experience with clients. I worked on 45 tax returns at our downtown site location and over 225 returns from those who came to Roberts for assistance.
This past year I studied abroad at LCC International University at Klaipeda, Lithuania. At LCC, I worked with their Student Council to implement SERV. SERV mimics an Enactus team and will operate as the base until Enactus Company expands to the Baltics. When that day comes, LCC will be ready to go. My partner Martins Kopstals and I spent countless nights working with the LCC students. It was truly an “up-hill battle” because of cultural and language barrier, but a rewarding experience as the LCC team is continuing to progress forward.
I am excited to start my senior year at Roberts as I will be President of Enactus. In the 2013-14 year, we will strive for FOCUS in our team: focus in financial and budgeting discipline and focus on the needs of the greater Rochester area. With God as my business partner and adviser, I foresee greater success for Enactus team this year.
I chose Roberts for convenience and cost. I was only 20 minutes from the college and going one night a week allowed me to continue my full-time work. Roberts was a place where I could openly express my faith and learn ways to bring it into my own teaching.
Participating in the program reignited my love of nursing. My creativity was rejuvenated as I worked with other nurses to develop communication skills, teaching skills and gained valuable insights into the professional and educational initiatives happening in nursing. I also enjoyed working in small groups with my peers which was not only a lot of fun but also very beneficial.
I teach student nurses using simulation. I have learned a great deal about technologies and methods to impact student abilities in critical thinking and clinical judgment. I also started the group Simulation Educators of Western New York, which is a natural outgrowth of the small group work that I did at Roberts. We have educational events to develop faculty around issues relating to simulation education.
I'm thankful for my degree from Roberts and the things that I've been able to do because I’m a prepared nurse educator with a Master’s degree. The most gratifying aspect is working with students who really desire to be excellent nurses.
I chose Roberts because I wanted to gain knowledge that would benefit me over the years. I toured many college campuses, but when I toured Roberts I was blown away by the opportunities to better myself and to make a big difference. At Roberts, they were also interested in investing in me too.
I will start my junior year in the fall of '13. I have worked both with the Student Association and recently developed a calendar app for the Student Association which provides access to the student calendar including the intramural schedules, the Beacon Newspaper, the dining hall menu and the course management site to name a few. This app provides real time information to students– and has the potential to grow to serve the ever-changing needs of our students.
I’ve also been able to work at the college, utilizing social media and the web to engage our audience for the Roberts Fund. I’ve learned about how to engage donors, be a leader and to proactively communicate with the team.
I plan to work in marketing on the creative side in the future and to use my gifts to help small businesses that support social causes. It is important to me that work is rewarding from both a faith and career perspective – it’s double the return!
I chose Roberts because the faculty and staff here are incomparable; they are ever-approachable, invested in the students, exemplary models of the school's philosophy and veritable ambassadors for Christ. I will always cherish the profound experiences I had as a student. I was blessed to be the recipient of the highest quality of education as every course has made a lasting impression and aided in molding me into who I am today. As a student of Communication theory, I was able to achieve a unique perspective of the human experience.
After interning with the local publication Rochester Woman Magazine last spring, I was offered a position as the Associate Editor and regular staff writer. This opportunity has led to countless interviews with some of the city's most upstanding professional women. It has also given me the chance to delve into the many wonders of Rochester, which I might have not otherwise been persuaded to do. I am very humbled to have been granted this new role, however, I would not have dared proceeded without the encouragement and support from my family and from my professors and peers at RWC. In fact, my favorite assignment to date was writing the June 2012 cover story which featured one of the College's most influential professors: Dr. Elvera Berry.
I chose Roberts because of the accelerated Bachelor’s Degree programs for adults. I loved that I had the option to take classes online or in a traditional classroom. I chose online because of my health and my husband’s health. I needed the flexibility to set my own schedule in order to keep up with doctor appointments. I completed a lifelong dream and obtained a degree in Organizational Management in 15 months. The Organizational Management Program and the people associated with the program made it easy for me to succeed. I graduated with honors and received the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education, Outstanding Adult Student award for 2012. I am currently continuing my education at Northeastern Seminary and will complete my Masters degree in Theological Studies in 2015.
I chose Roberts because all of my classes had a faith based aspect that aligns with my Catholic faith. This past semester I had an Ethics in Criminal Justice course that compares those ethics to our faith. I agree with the restorative justice distinctive that focuses on making “whole” a situation that is broken, which is what they teach in our program.
Since I was able to spell the word P-O-L-I-C-E, I wanted to be a police officer. The Criminal Justice program at Roberts has great professors, especially Ron Hallman (Associate Professor Criminal Justice). He is dedicated to helping me succeed and helped me obtain my internship, which is required at Roberts, with Gates Police Department. I am also on the Bergen Volunteer Fire Department and serve as the Lieutenant of Student Patrol at Roberts.
On November 9, 2012 I was presented with a letter of commendation from Gates Police for demonstrating a calm demeanor and willingness to help while rendering aid to an unresponsive male. My internship was an exciting opportunity to apply what I learned in the classroom. I am in the process of going through the civil service application process because my goal is to be a police officer in the greater Rochester area.
I chose Roberts because it’s faith-based; I wanted a place where I could talk openly about my faith. I was attracted to the program because of its emphasis on servant leadership. Now, I use many of the tools in my tool kit from the MSL program and apply them daily in my professional and personal life.
One of the things I gained from the program was the emphasis on people skills. I learned that in order to be an effective leader, one must be open to learn from others to be successful. I continue to look for opportunities to learn and be a mentee in the strategic process and in the development of new initiatives and projects that would be beneficial to my growth. Throughout my course work, I was also able to create my own personal mission statement which I apply to my job and personal life every day.
I continue to develop as a viable member of MCC and help make a difference in the lives of our students as well as the vitality of the institution. Outside of Monroe Community College, I participated in the Latino Leadership Development Program in 2006 sponsored through the United Way of Greater Rochester. In my personal home business, I am a member in the elite President’s Club for AVON products, I am also a Unit Leader, and a trainer, as well a mentor for representatives who want to be successful in their business.
Roberts Wesleyan's faith based environment, wonderful staff and faculty, and structured program helped shaped me in who I am today.
I chose Roberts because the environment felt like home. I wanted to get out of public education and find a Christian school where my faith would be challenged, developed and encouraged. I was able to get my degree in Psychology while also taking Bible and philosophy classes for my own personal growth.
I am currently working at SUNY Buffalo and working towards my Masters degree for Student Affairs Administration. The calling God has placed on my heart matched the mission of higher education. Roberts provided me with the opportunity to witness and get involved with the administrative process as the Student Association President. Through my experiences, I found a confidence in my faith to stand strong in what I believe. Those experiences are priceless because they gave direction to my passions.
I chose Roberts because of their strong history of combining exceptional academics with the spiritual component. I wanted to grow as a student, professional, and human being, and Roberts provided the comprehensive educational experience that I was looking for.
I took many things away from my time at Roberts, but I learned two things important for continued growth as an educator: self-reflection and collaboration/consultation. My training as a school counselor helped me to develop the counseling skills to assist students in all three ASCA domains: Academic Development, Career Development, and Social/Personal Development. I use those skills that Roberts helped me develop on a daily basis, and I find that they enrich my work and life in general.
I have had to think outside the box here in Beijing, China to find student resources, especially for students who need special education. There are no special education programs at my school, and there are cultural stigmas associated with any type of disability. I have joined a professional development community for special educators and have found professionals who are able to provide evaluative procedures in the area.
I chose Roberts because I knew it would provide me with a Christian environment in which to explore new ideas and to develop my individual skill while not forgetting that self-betterment is only worthwhile if you become a contributor instead of a consumer. I stayed at Roberts because of great friends who didn’t think anything of sitting up at 3:30am to discuss theology, football, politics or whatever topic of the day arose.
Today, I use the skills I learned as a proud member of the Department of Communication in my daily role as a Community Relations Coordinator for Monroe County by working with constituents, fielding press calls, and doing event planning with a wide range of community groups. A strong understanding of communication theory, marketing, and even some psychology help me to serve the residents of Monroe County effectively every day.
I chose Roberts because I was told that 1) students at Roberts had an amazing chance to take advantage of a tremendous wealth of opportunities at the college and 2) you get so much more personal attention as an undergrad at a liberal arts college than at a large research university. I found both to be very true. Roberts was an environment that helped build my academic style of creativity and the pursuit of new ideas.
After Roberts, I completed a masters in mathematical economics at Southern Illinois University and a PhD in economics at Cornell. I then moved to Sydney, Australia with my wife Sarah to take a tenure-track position at the University of Sydney, one of the top research universities in Australia.
I am involved in exciting, cutting-edge projects on issues of poverty and international development from East Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia) to southeast Asia (especially Indonesia) and beyond. I count some of the world leaders in my field, from institutions such as Yale University, Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among my co-authors and closest collaborators.
I feel tremendously blessed to be at the cutting edge of creating and sharing new knowledge in international development, hopefully to the benefit of the world’s poor.
I chose Roberts because I could complete the degree while being employed full-time. I also was not prepared for the "business" aspects of church management from my prior theological formation. Advertised as one night a week for 14 months, I suspected that the program would be easy, but nothing could be further from the truth. I worked very hard and came to appreciate the hard work as my skill sets and knowledge expanded. One additional benefit of attending Roberts was the ability to pray before each class and to share my faith without fear of reprimand.
After Roberts, I earned a doctorate in transformative leadership. The organizational and personnel leadership strategies I learned in the Roberts program provided a solid foundation for my doctoral work. I have been invited to consult with churches and dioceses across the country in change management, helping church membership to adapt to changes, and giving church leadership the skills and strategies for bringing about desired changes in their communities. I find myself constantly referring to the change management strategies I learned in the Roberts program to help these churches and dioceses.
I chose Roberts because I could study a bit of everything while I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. During my first semester my freshman year, I took Philosophical Ethics with Dr. Koehl. That class changed my life. Dr. Koehl gave a lecture one day about social justice-- I had never heard those two words spoken together before and the concept blew me away. I was intrigued and spent four years interning, volunteering, and learning more about this world.
My work inside and outside of the classroom at Roberts had a direct effect on my life today. I took classes on language and persuasion that helped me develop the skills necessary in my role today. Outside the classroom I held several internships working on grant writing and direct marketing for hunger and mental health advocacy organizations that allowed me to have a big kid resume when I graduated. (I got a job!)
I am the Director of Development, in charge of fundraising and communication aspects, with Bread for the City in Washington, DC. Bread for the City is the District's largest food pantry. We also distribute clothing, operate medical and dental clinics, provide legal advice and full representation, and offer comprehensive social services for free to about 32,000 low-income DC residents each year. I have the best job in the world.