Name: Stephen Heiner
College: Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
What first drew you to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts?
The Great Books and the Rome Program. They had a promotional graphic where they showed the number of books in the University of Chicago and St. John’s College Great Books programs, next to the price of tuition and room and board. Thomas More’s pile was bigger and the price was less. I also loved how small the school was and that it was in the middle of the New Hampshire woods.
What other colleges were you considering?
The University of Dallas and Christendom College.
How was the adjustment from high school to college?
I had always been a good student but the workload change was DRAMATIC. Especially at a small liberal arts school. My free time WAS reading now. :-)
What was your favorite class? Why?
So many of them meld together in a Liberal Arts environment but the standout class that I would take again today was Art & Architecture. Doesn’t sound too exotic until you realize I took that class IN ROME. Every other day we were at a church or a monument examining design and aesthetics. Rome was our classroom and playground. I get chills just writing about it!
What clubs or groups were you involved in?
We were a bunch of nerds with no intramurals, but I was one of two freshmen with a car so guess where we were almost every weekend? ROAD TRIPS! Montreal, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Boston, you name it, we went, with no money and lots of song singing!
Anything else you want to tell us?
Your undergrad school is your first adult decision. Don’t take it lightly. And please don’t go to a school because your girlfriend/boyfriend is going there.
In one sentence, what do you love about your school?
Reading, Rome, and Road Trips.
Stephen Heiner is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.