Parents' Stories

Hear from a Hilltopper Parent

Monica Bard, mother of Meredith Bard '12, reflects on the opportunities her daughter received on the hilltop and what it means to be part of the St. Edward's community. 

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Back to School

View a weekend extravaganza of food, fun and a few tears as parents say goodbye and students look forward to what the new semester holds. 

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Lifelong Transformation

Students at St. Edward’s University learn as much about themselves as they do about their majors. They develop vital life skills, clarify their values and gain a lifelong sense of purpose that serves them in any path they choose.

No one observes this magnificent transformation more keenly than you — the parents of our students. These parents share their insights about how their sons and daughters learn and thrive at St. Edward's.

Gary and Willa Goldberg
Empowered and Transformed

“St. Edward’s is a perfect fit for Willa, and she has been empowered by the experience. She had a transformative semester abroad in South Africa, is active with the swim team and gained supervisory skills as a resident assistant. At first, I had concerns about our daughter attending a Catholic university because we are not Catholic, but this has not been an issue at all. Instead, it has been a plus; the school’s emphasis on public service and educating the mind and the heart has been a real learning experience for our daughter.”

— Gary Goldberg, father of Willa Goldberg ’15

Matthew Nunez and family
Embracing His Faith

“Matthew has expanded and expressed his faith through retreats, service projects and a mission trip. Further, he has been exposed to students who are highly diverse, including men and women from all over the world. In short, his world has expanded and he’s learned to adapt to different cultures and ideas. St. Edward’s provides a nurturing and faith-centric environment that gives students the tools to succeed and thrive. There is a level of personal attention that cannot be found at larger schools.”

— Kristen Nunez, mother of Matthew Nunez ’16

Meg and Sara Glenn
Becoming a Leader

“Sara really desired the intimacy of a smaller university, and as soon as she toured St. Edward’s, she knew she’d found her home. She has had countless opportunities for leadership including Hilltop Leaders, planning and organizing campus events, serving as a tour guide and tour guide director, and studying in Japan for a summer through an exchange program. She has learned to manage her time to balance her academics and her very busy campus life. It has been a joy to see her mature and become a leader. The St. Edward’s experience is unique and fulfilling. The faculty has time for your son or daughter and enjoys getting to know them as individuals. That is truly the gift of St. Edward’s.”

— Meg Glenn, mother of Sara Glenn ’14

Diana Tenorio and Diana Lopez
Global Opportunities

“The professors motivated Diana to take advantage of the university’s international studies programs. She was fortunate to study a semester in New Zealand and visit Japan for a week of business education and cultural activities during her undergraduate program, as well as now earning a dual master’s degree from the U.S. and France. These opportunities have benefited her immensely academically, professionally and spiritually, and as an overall person. Sending my daughter to St. Edward’s is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

— Diana Tenorio, mother of Diana Lopez ’12, PSMEMS ’16

Sanchez family
Pursuing His Dreams

“At St. Edward’s, Octavio has followed his dream, majoring in Political Science and expanding on his education with internships and access to real world experience in his field of study. His leadership skills have grown tremendously, and we could not be any prouder of his accomplishments. The clubs and organizations he has been involved in truly helped him be more unified with the university and succeed.”

— Octavio Sr. and Celina Sanchez, parents of Octavio Sanchez Jr. '14, student body president for 2013–2014

Rose Family
Prepared for Success

“St. Edward’s is a small, intimate college with outstanding academic programs, and it offers the sophistication most parents assume you can only get at a big school. The attention to morals and its hands-on learning environment were big factors in the success both Bryan and Allyson have had in the business world and in graduate school. We are convinced our children have gone farther, faster, in part from the quality of education they received and the maturity they developed during their undergraduate years.”

— Martin and Joni Rose, parents of Bryan Rose ’00 and Allyson (Rose) Schaeffer ’03, MBA ’10

 

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