Why I Love CUA (The Catholic University of America)
Meet Intern candidate, Maria Maffucci from The Catholic University of America and learn why she loves her college campus.
Situated in the middle of our nation’s capital, The Catholic University of America’s campus encompasses a combination of urban living and suburban greenery. A university of ~7,000 undergraduate & graduate students, CUA gives every individual a chance to run into a familiar face, while being able to encounter a new one. Whether it’s a Romance language, Farsi, or Chinese you will be sure to experience diversity on a daily basis.
Apart from the welcoming atmosphere and decorative architecture throughout campus, I truly love the genuine interest professors have while lecturing the student body. I believe it is difficult to come across passionate professors who are not limited to academic knowledge but further genuinely care about touching each pupil in a different way. If you play the active role in the classroom, you’ll easily find yourself appreciating and enjoying the course material, regardless if it’s part of your concentration or not. The close-knit relationships I have obtained within the English and Italian departments are some of the most vibrant relationships I have ever had. These professors have fueled my passion for everything literature related while constantly presenting a new challenge to overcome. They care about what I care about, they can recite Keats while strolling down the National Mall or offer an in-depth analysis of Neorealist cinema. Most importantly, they listen to my questions and ideas and provide helpful comments and wise advice. Their witty banter and overall creativity allow for an artistic bond between professor and student. I can safely say that when I graduate from CUA next spring, I will walk away with so much more than the conventional “my school was so much fun/ we had the best parties”. I’ll be walking away with professional relationships that have strengthened my writing, improved my professionalism, and trained me in for the real world. And for this, I am eternally grateful.