Katie Scanlon

Katie Scanlon Student Spotlight photo

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Dudley, MA

"I chose to attend UMass Dartmouth because I didn't want a cookie cutter education."
Tell us about something you're involved with here and how it's changed you.

In high school, I was very involved, but freshman year at UMass, I was lonely, homesick, and thinking about transferring. Then I applied for a position as a Peer Health Educator. Becoming active in one organization opened up so many doors to other organizations on campus. I became an Orientation Leader, joined the Theatre Company, and started the Scrapbooking and Crafting Club. With a full schedule, I learned about time management, and before I knew it, I was getting better grades and loving UMass Dartmouth.

Why did you choose to attend UMass Dartmouth?
I chose UMass Dartmouth because I didn't want a cookie cutter education. I felt that UMass Dartmouth was large enough to support an involved college community, but small enough for me to receive personal attention from staff, peers, and professors. I also liked the school's atypical architecture, which sets it apart from many other universities in New England.

What have you learned that's made a difference to you?

UMass Dartmouth has made me more aware of myself and the world around me—politically, socially, and environmentally. I've also learned about my limitations, how to improve myself mentally and physically, and how to be a healthy member of society in an ever-changing world.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Get involved! Being involved lets students really express themselves and fully experience college life.