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International Saint Spotlight

 
Brian Williams '69
Brian Williams

 

 

Aquinas is a small college that thinks big. This Catholic Midwestern institution truly opened my eyes to the world and gave me the education and confidence to succeed in life.

 

- Brian Williams '69, Canadian Broadcaster

 
Carlos Martinez '09
Carlos Martinez

 

"Morar em Grand Rapids e estudar no Aquinas College, foi umas das melhores escolhas que eu fiz na minha vida. A cidades é incrível e o Aquinas College oferece uma infraestrutura magnífica para estudar e participar de atividades extra curriculares. Tive o imenso prazer de fazer parte do time de futebol e meus companheiros de time não só me ajudaram na adaptação com a nova cultura, como se tornaram meus amigos pessoais e 4 anos após nossa formatura eu ainda converso com a grande maioria e muitos já vieram me visitar aqui no Brasil."

 

- Carlos Martinez, Aquinas College Class of 2009, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

 
Alvaro Romero '15
Alvaro Romero

Aquinas College fue mi primera experiencia en una Universidad de artes liberales. Fue interesante seguir un currículo donde el énfasis en humanidades era una prioridad, y parte de la misión de Aquinas: formar personas íntegras y con una perspectiva global.


Pude siempre observar un enfoque directo profesor-alumno en cada una de las clases. Los instructores estuvieron siempre pendientes del progreso personal de los estudiantes, a la vez que les inculcaban la idea de que son ellos mismos quienes debían buscar el desarrollo y el camino al éxito, pues las herramientas siempre estarían en Aquinas para ayudarlos. Es también una institución que, si bien es pequeña, tiene un gran compromiso con el cuidado del ambiente y la naturaleza, reflejado en distintas actividades que tienen el objetivo de transmitir, desde la institución, los profesores y los alumnos, que es nuestro deber mantener en este planeta un sistema sustentable.

Estudiar en salones que acompañan un frondoso bosque es una de las atracciones visuales que más recuerdo de Aquinas; caminar desde el dormitorio hacia la cafetería o el gimnasio cruzando un riachuelo, viendo árboles que viven las cuatro estaciones y disfrutando el día a día de una gran población de ardillas, no se observa todos los días. Muchos estudiantes en Aquinas tienen un gran interés en conocer gente de diversas culturas y lugares del mundo; todo esto hizo mis años de estudio en Aquinas College una experiencia agradable.

 

English translation:
Aquinas College was my first experience at a liberal arts school. It was interesting to follow a curriculum where the emphasis on humanities was a priority, and part of Aquinas’ mission: to educate well-rounded individuals with a global perspective.


I could always see the faculty-student direct approach in every class. The instructors were always looking after the students’ personal progress, while at the same time encouraging them to become the authors of their own development and success, with Aquinas’ resources always there to help them. This is an institution that, even though small, has a big commitment with the environment and with the nature; proof is this were a number of on-campus activities with the objective of transmitting, through faculty, students and Aquinas itself, that it is our duty to make our planet a sustainable system.


Studying in classrooms next to a great forest was one of the best visuals I have from Aquinas; walking from my room to the cafeteria or the gym while crossing a creek, witnessing trees go through all four seasons and watching a not-so-small population of squirrels’ everyday activities is not something you can find everywhere. Many students at Aquinas were very interested in knowing people coming from different places, with different cultures. All this made my years of study at Aquinas College a pleasant experience.