Hallie Graves ′07
There’s this myth that science students can’t study abroad because we’re so loaded down with labs, but I didn’t buy it. I was happy to take an extra load, and my professors worked with me to get a physics course from Victoria University in New Zealand accepted for credit here at Rhodes.
I lived with three other students my age and learned so much. And it reminded me that the choice to come to Rhodes was a good one. I knew I wanted to be in classes where I didn’t just get lectured to; I wanted to have a lot of interaction with my professors. The faculty here actually seek you out, so you don’t ever get the sense that you’re bothering them.
Another reason I wanted to come to a small college is, I didn’t want to spend all my time in the lab. Don’t get me wrong. I’m majoring in physics because I love it. Last year I tried to build a refrigerator cooled by sound. It didn’t work as well as we hoped, but it was a lot of fun.
It’s also fun being in the Rhodes Singers and working in the Financial Aid Office and hanging out with my friends on campus and in Memphis. It’s great to be able to go down to the Orpheum and see a Broadway production of Chicago.
I was lucky enough to have good offers from other attractive schools, so choosing wasn’t easy. Finally I thought, “I’m going to do what feels right to me. The other schools have their charms, but I could see myself at Rhodes from the minute I walked onto the campus.” It’s a decision I’ve never regretted.