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Maria Bernardez, 2014
Marketing major

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Why did you choose Providence College?

 


I chose Providence College because since the moment I walked on its beautiful campus, I felt I had arrived home. Besides an excellent academic curriculum and athletic program, the welcoming environment was definitely a factor in my decision to come and join the PC family.

 

What makes your education so far at PC unique?


 

The liberal arts curriculum along with an AACSB-accredited business school makes PC’s education unique and gives PC grads a competitive advantage in the job market. The Catholic background along with the values and principles taught at the school really set PC students apart from the rest.

 

PC is already far from home for you. What’s your perspective on studying abroad?

 


Even though studying in the U.S. is already abroad for me, I decided to go even further away and spend the summer after my freshman year in London, UK. It was an unforgettable experience during which I met a lot of people, travelled, and more importantly, was exposed to the European culture. This summer, I will be seeking an internship, which I am sure will also be an excellent learning experience. 

 


Do you feel comfortable as an international student on campus?

 


Yes. PC is a good fit for international students because not only has the number of international students increased significantly in the last couple of years, but the PC community is also very welcoming to foreign students. 

Is there anything else that you think accepted students should know about PC, that maybe you didn't know when you decided to become a Friar?

 


PC alumni seek PC grads. This is something that I am not sure happens at many other schools. It is incredible how PC alums are constantly reaching out for PC students, helping them to get jobs, getting involved in campus activities and networking nights, etc.

 
 

What has been your favorite aspect of PC?

 


The professors at PC really have made my academic experience an enjoyable one. Professors are truly devoted to every student and the small class sizes allow them to actually get to know each and everyone of their students.

 


What has been your favorite non-academic experience so far?

 


Being part of the varsity tennis team has definitely being my favorite non-academic experience here at PC. It is unlike anything I had ever experienced, the girls on the team and coaches have become like my family in the U.S.

 
 


How has the liberal arts education you have received at Providence benefited you?

 


The liberal arts education I am currently receiving at Providence College has helped me better understand the development of western civilization. It has been and will continue to be a great benefit, as I will be well rounded upon graduating from PC. In the world that we live in today it is easy to find information the hardest part is making sense, finding connections and the true meaning of things; the liberal arts education I’ve received at PC will definitely serve me in such matter.

 
 

What activities are you involved in at PC?

 


Besides being the captain of the Women’s Varsity tennis team, I am also the Marketing Representative of the PC School of Business Advisory Council and the Tennis Team Representative in SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Council). I also attend BMSA (Board of Multicultural Student Affairs) and BOP (Board of Programmers) events on campus, which are always very fun.

 
 

What is your favorite spot in the city of Providence?

 


My favorite spot in Providence is definitely the East Side. I love all the stores, cute coffee shops, breakfast places and restaurants on Thayer and Wickenden Street as well as in Wayland Square.

 
 


Do you feel comfortable as an international student on campus?

 


Yes. PC is a good fit for international students because not only has the number of international students increased significantly in the last couple of years, but the PC community is also very welcoming to foreign students.

 
 


Is there anything else that you think accepted students should know about PC, that maybe you didn't know when you decided to become a Friar?

 


PC alumni seek PC grads. This is something that I am not sure happens at many other schools. It is incredible how PC alums are constantly reaching out for PC students, helping them to get jobs, getting involved in campus activities and networking nights, etc.

 
 


Do you have any long-term plans?

 


As of right now I am a junior seeking to finish my undergrad degree at PC. After college I wish to stay in the U.S. and look for a job in the Marketing field. Later on I plan to return to school and get my masters degree.

 


If you had to sum up Providence College in one sentence, what would it be?

 

PC is my home away from home.
 

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