Hear what some of the Engaged Scholars alumni have to say about Belmont University and the Engaged Scholars program:
Christina Inman (2009 Graduate)
As an incoming freshman, four years of college seemed like an eternity. However, I am now amazed at how fast my four years at Belmont University flew by. My college career was much more than simply an academic experience. Through my involvement with the Student Government Association, Belmont Ambassadors, and Engaged Scholars, I interacted with a variety of intelligent, encouraging, and inspiring individuals on a daily basis. Engaged Scholars, in particular, challenged me to expand my horizons and participate in extracurricular programs I might have otherwise not, specifically studying abroad. During winter break of my senior year, I studied health care reform in London, England, a topic very important to my future career. In the fall after I graduated, I began medical school at Wake Forest University, and I can honestly say that my time at Belmont prepared me more for my journey through medical school than I could ever have imagined."
Andrew Cole (2009 Graduate)
Belmont is a school that cannot be experienced to its fullest potential solely within the confines of the classroom. The faculty practically compels its students to break the "Belmont bubble" in some way, shape or form. Engaged Scholars is a program that encourages this extracurricular involvement and acknowledges students who make it a point to continue their education outside the classroom.
As a member of the Engaged Scholars program, I completed multiple categories of engaged learning during my time at Belmont. Some of them honed my leadership skills on campus... I earned my Significant Co-Curricular Activity "badge" as a senior writer for the Belmont Vision and my Student Leadership "badge" as an editor of the Belmont Literary Journal. Other categories pushed me beyond the limits of Wedgewood and 12th... I completed a series of very rewarding internships at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville and worked at a theatrical booking company in New York City as a member of the Belmont East program (which fell under the "Off-Campus Experience" heading).
I'm currently back in Manhattan and working as a press agent on touring Broadway shows, thanks in no small part to the foundation laid for me by the activities I pursued in my free time at Belmont. Is the Engaged Scholars program required of students who want to pursue an internship or study abroad opportunity during their tenure as a Bruin? Not necessarily. Is it a great way to explore and document the countless outside-the-box learning opportunities Belmont has to offer? You bet.