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Students Praise the Value of a Magdalen Education

MagdalenA recent article in the New Hampshire Union Leader features The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, a Catholic college recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its strong Catholic identity.

The article notes several unique aspects about Magdalen, including the college's rigorous "Great Books" curriculum, the all-encompassing liturgical life, its relatively low tuition, the Socratic method used in the classroom, and the tight nit atmosphere on campus.

Several current and prospective Magdalen students and their family members were interviewed by the Union Leader about their opinion of the college.

One parent said that her daughter came to Magdalen after they found the College in The Newman Guide.  Now in her fourth year, student Shayla French admitted that she "fell in love" with the college after her first visit.

Visiting high school student Daniel Dytewski said he was drawn to the institution because it's "not just Catholic in name, but one that actually acts Catholic."

The Union Leader also highlights the story of two students, Hannah Howard and Angela Zikowitz, who transferred out of Magdalen to larger universities only to realize "they'd made a mistake."

Instead of reading original texts, there were large lectures where professors talked and students listened. They missed the conversations among students and professors that often spill over into the dining hall after class ends, they said.

They begged Magdalen to readmit them, and drove 27 hours straight to get here. It was, they said, like coming home.

"We felt like the prodigal daughters," Zikowitz said.

Freshman Connor Curley expressed his enthusiasm about his job prospects thanks to a Magdalen education.  "You will rise to the top more quickly from your Magdalen education because you'll be able to think... I love the place.  Love the school, the people, everything about it."

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