Not Your Typical Marquette Student

As soon as Anna told me St. Vincent was her role model I immediately thought to myself, “Wow. That’s interesting. I’ve never met someone who considers a saint their role model.” I was expecting her to be a relatively conservative and religious person. Soon I realized she wasn’t talking about a saint in the religious sense, but a musician who’s famous for doing her own thing and breaking social constructs. After laughing about my lack of musical knowledge she went on to tell me how this is one of the ways she is not like many of her friends. In college it can be quite unpopular to dislike dance or EDM genres, but Anna owns it. It doesn’t matter if everyone else loves it; this is just one of the many ways in which Anna sets herself apart from the crowd.

When she gets free time, Anna likes to read books. Wait. Let’s rephrase that. Anna LOVES to read books. She even has a tattoo from The Bell Jar, which is her favorite novel. Being an English major can be tough these days since a lot of people don’t understand how the degree can be useful post graduation. With Anna’s passion for reading and writing, I have no doubt she will find a successful career.

As our conversation moved along, Anna mentioned she considers herself an introvert. She wishes she was a little more extroverted and a little less nervous to speak up and voice her ideas. This was of particular interest as she had previously explained that she was a cheerleader in high school, which seems fairly contradictory to me. It just goes to show how much Anna seems to be working on this area of her life. She could have stayed close to home to attend college, but instead chose a school in a big city, an hour away. It’s impressive how actively she works to be a better version of herself and her efforts are paying off. When asked about Marquette she’ll tell you, “This feels like home.”

In some ways Anna is the typical Marquette student. She’s an English major from the suburbs of Chicago who loves to hang out with her friends. But take a closer look and you will find someone who isn’t afraid to go against the grain, has a passion for reading and is constantly pushing herself out of her comfort zone.

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