Madeline Betz, a student at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., recently shared experiences from her freshman year noting Magdalen’s Catholic identity, small community, and the value of a liberal arts education in an interview on the College’s website.
“People don’t recognize how important a liberal arts degree is to one’s future. Not only will it look impressive to your future employers, but searching for the truth in a community such as Magdalen helps improve the morality and thoughtfulness of the individual,” she said in the interview.
The Magdalen experience allows one’s mind to become “sharper and more cultured” as one becomes more “open-minded to the world and education,” reflected Betz. She additionally noted the real-world application of the texts that students study in class. “Some of the texts will help us learn more about who we are as Catholics, while others challenge our views,” she said. “By reading and discussing these texts that challenge our beliefs, we are better able to go out into the real world and defend our Catholic identity with greater confidence.”
Betz, who hails from suburban Connecticut, chose Magdalen after receiving what she referred to as an “influential, well-rounded public education,” she related in the interview. The “sense of rare comradeship,” the freedom to be a contemplative person, and, above all, the God-centered environment drew her to the College where she discovered a caring, respectful student body and a community that, according to Betz, acts like a family.
One highlight of the year, she recalled, was Holy Week when the entire student body sang sacred music during the liturgies. “Singing the Hallelujah chorus on Easter Sunday was spectacular, because we all felt so much joy for Christ’s Resurrection,” she continued. “It was clear that I was in an environment where everyone truly loved Christ and wanted him to feel loved.”
The College of St. Mary Magdalen is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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