Why we became Blue Hens
Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson, Evan Krape and Ariel Ramirez April 16, 2019
Students share why they chose UD
Strong academics, campus beauty, supportive community and opportunities are just a few of the reasons students love the University of Delaware.
With 150 majors and 110 minors, UD students have lots of options to prepare them for the career of their dreams. According to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE), 95 percent of 2018 UD graduates are employed or pursuing further education.
Students say they also love the ability to meet a variety of new people on the UD campus. The University’s undergraduate population on the Newark campus represents 50 states and 67 countries, according to IRE data.
The UD experience has a lot to offer. Don’t just take our word for it. UDaily asked UD students from all seven colleges why they became Blue Hens:
Corinne Bogan - senior, public policy, biology minor (Arts and Sciences)
"I became a Blue Hen because I recognized the unique opportunities that the University of Delaware community has to offer. Not only has UD provided me with an exemplary academic experience through research, study abroad, and service-oriented learning, but it has also helped shape me into the leader I am today. As a member of the Student Government Association, I have been afforded unimaginable opportunities to work with University officials and administrators on important decision-making processes and on initiatives to enhance the student body experience. All administrators and faculty that I have encountered in this role embody the idea that a student's voice is crucial to the educational experience and hold our perspective in high regard. The UD community maintains a culture that cultivates student success, creates leaders and returns the enthusiasm and ambition of its students with mentorship, resources and support. I feel so grateful to have chosen a school that continually empowers and inspires me to work towards my goals."
Jillian Solomon - senior, human services (Education and Human Development)
“I became a Blue Hen because when I came here for my Decision Day, I found a home. Everybody was so nice, I met a bunch of different people, I met my roommate and it was just like everything fell into place.”
Aileen Kerrigan - senior, plant science/agriculture and natural resources (Agriculture and Natural Resources)
“I became a Blue Hen because when I was touring UD and going through the decision process, I felt like a lot of the faculty cared about me coming here, so it would better my future, whether that be through internships or study abroad or different majors and minors they had. They were excited for new people to come in and learn what they had to teach. I knew I wanted to go to school for plant science or a related agricultural major, and the University of Delaware had that program and a great agriculture college, in general, that really appealed to me."
Morgan McNary - sophomore, entrepreneurship and technology innovation (Lerner)
“I became a Blue Hen because I love the campus at UD and I love the Horn Entrepreneurship program.”
Caitlin McMahon - senior, health behavior science (Health Sciences)
“I became a Blue Hen for many reasons. One of them was because of location. I’m from Washington, D.C., so it’s easy to go home on the weekends, but far enough that I don’t go home all the time. It’s the perfect size: It’s not too big, not too small. I like seeing all the people on campus. There’s a ton of energy on campus wherever you go. You see people smiling. You see people laughing. It’s just a great community at Delaware. Great teachers that will help you whenever you need help. Great students in the classrooms. I can always make friends anywhere, everyone’s super sweet. I just love the pride, no matter where you go. I was on the lacrosse team for two and a half years and it was a great community, great coaches. Everywhere you go, it’s just lovely.”
Jacquelyn Attardi - junior, environmental studies (Earth, Ocean and Environment)
“I became a Blue Hen because of all the leadership opportunities that I was given outside of academics. My freshman year I became a NET (Neighborhood Empowerment Team) captain in my residence hall, George Read, and soon after I became a resident assistant. The next year I became an orientation leader. Residence Life and Housing gave me the amazing opportunity to go to a professional conference in Boston for student affairs. Through all of these great opportunities that UD has offered me, I found my purpose in life and I will be working in student affairs after I graduate.”
Troy Bloesch - junior, information systems (Engineering)
“I became a Blue Hen because of the fun and education you can recieve here. You can break out of your shell and become a true Blue Hen when you’re here.”
Angie Su Yeung - first-year, undeclared (University Studies)
“I became a Blue Hen because the professors care about me. As I am an international student, I had difficulties with the American native language. However, the University of Delaware gave me the opportunity to improve my English by attending to the English Language Institute (ELI). Thus, that’s the main reason why I came here.”
Enoch Lee - senior, actuarial science (Arts and Sciences)
“I became a Blue Hen because of the community. There are a lot of options. Whether it’s clubs or any kind of studying help, you can always find a group of people that share the same interests as you. My original plan was to go to UD for undergrad as a biology major. The in-state tuition and program reputation appealed to me.”
Joel Paintsil - first-year, undeclared (University Studies)
“I became a Blue Hen because I saw the opportunities UD had for my bigger sister. She’s a professor here now and I feel like UD can pour into other people’s lives, which it did for her and mine as well. I chose UD because what I was hearing from current students was that it was very challenging and beneficial. I'm a person that loves a challenge and runs toward it. That is another reason of why I chose UD.”
Ryan Talley-McGovern - senior, actuarial science (Arts and Sciences)
“I became a Blue Hen because Delaware was always my home. This was the place where I grew up and I see UD as something that’s very central to my community and something that was very important to me — I saw it as a place to grow and I think that I chose to come here so that I could chase after that dream and find a home. Academically, I chose UD because the school gave me the freedom to explore my own education. Even though my major was an applied science with a business focus, I always felt that I was adhering to a liberal arts philosophy.”
Angel Townsend, junior, English education (Arts and Sciences)
“I came to UD because I came here before Decision Day. I came here for an event called Destination Delaware and just the atmosphere here — being here with the current students and basically shadowing them — I got that atmosphere of home and genuinely felt like these people will be here for you. So just a combination of the people here and the atmosphere that the people who went here as well as the people who work here have, just made it like a second home.”
Sophie Zaidman - first-year, history education (Arts and Sciences)
“I became a Blue Hen because of the opportunities and friends I made here.”
Kelly Purnell - senior, human services (Education and Human Development)
“I became a Blue Hen because of all the amazing opportunities that are here and all the amazing people that I’ve been able to meet. UD is also the only four-year university in the state that offers a human services major and the major really appealed to me because it was so broad and I could do a lot of different things with it versus just having a degree in psychology that narrows down my options.”
Morgan Gallagher - first-year, psychology (Arts and Sciences)
“I became a Blue Hen because I love all the opportunities that are offered at Delaware.”