Meet Leeann Kline
Major: Communications, Class of 2011
Why did you choose SBU? What had the biggest impact on your decision?
My choice to come to SBU was heavily influenced by its local, Christian reputation for academic excellence. The affordable nature of SBU with the financial aid that I was offered guided me in the decision making process. Friends of mine from high school attended SBU and have since graduated, but the way they spoke about SBU helped confirm that this was the place for me.
The reputable Christian environment of SBU, where not only faith but academic achievement was emphasized, had the most bearing on my decision.
How does college differ from high school? What helped you adjust to college life?
Attending college requires a student to maintain a higher level of personal responsibility and time management. When investing in one’s collegiate coursework, one must be prepared for classes and tests whether that is through reading or just coming in with questions.
My transition into college life was a lot easier upon attending Welcome Week, an incoming freshman orientation week, than if I were to just come to college on the first day of class. Making new friends and meeting peers allowed me to jumpstart my time at SBU.
Can you describe the classroom environment? What has the coursework been like in your classes?
The classrooms at SBU are small yet can foster challenging lectures and discussions. SBU utilized the smaller classroom setting to inspire students to further academic inquiry.
My class coursework has not only centered on the theoretical aspects of my field of study but has also been enhanced with tools for practical application. Class projects and papers have helped to deepen my understanding of course content.
What do you think about the faculty, staff, and advisors? What are the students like at SBU?
The faculty and staff encourage students to take their knowledge gained in the classroom and use it to develop a greater understanding of the world. In doing so, they are supportive and involved, valuing the success of students and pouring into their education.
The students here at SBU are friendly, creative, and servant oriented. Greeting each other as they pass on the sidewalks, exploring academic concepts and coming up with social events, and meeting needs as they go on mission trips—SBU students make the most of their college experience.
Do you participate in any activities or organizations?
I work alongside a group of talented writers and photographers at The Omnibus, the weekly SBU student newspaper, to tell the story of campus and the community.
I have also participated in theater productions on campus including the tragedy Burial at Thebes and the romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice.
What do you like best about SBU?
My favorite part about SBU is the environment that is conducive to achieving academically, socially, and spiritually. As a result, the faculty care about students and integrate faith into their fields. Here, peers become friends and are the sort of people you can not only study with and talk to but with which you can pray.
Why should other students select SBU?
Not only does SBU have a Christian reputation lasting over a hundred years, SBU is making an impact today. Whether in the classroom or the mission field, the distinctiveness of SBU benefits its attendees not only to become better educated but to become better people. The faculty and staff here lead by example and will do what they can to see that you succeed. The professors pour themselves into their fields of study and will also pour into you. Also, the memories you make with friends here will stay with you long past graduation.
Do you have any advice for future students?
I would encourage future students to meet new people and hear their stories. What better place than at college?! The dorm is a good place to start. By getting involved with activities on the residence halls and in campus life, one can have a lot of fun and get connected with others. Also, try new things. Get plugged into clubs and organizations on campus. You never know you might end up in a leadership position or getting a part in a play!