"I like the variety of psychology classes that are offered here."
As a student at The Met Center, an alternative high school in Providence, R.I., Marie Nunez spent a year interning at United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island, helping disabled adults adapt to the world.
Her decision to assist the disabled was rooted in personal circumstance – Marie's 10-year-old brother, Noel, has cerebral palsy. Her experiences have led her to major in Psychology at SNHU, with an eye toward eventually earning her Ph.D.
"Probably one of my biggest goals is to help children who are physically and mentally disabled," she says.
Marie first learned about SNHU while giving SNHU President Paul LeBlanc a tour of The Met Center. LeBlanc emerged from the tour impressed and invited her to visit campus.
"She seemed to typify the best of SNHU students: a person who would embrace opportunity here and run with it," LeBlanc says.
Although Marie had envisioned attending college in Boston, she was smitten with SNHU upon visiting.
"I just really liked the campus," she says. "I liked the atmosphere. I really felt comfortable here."
Since enrolling, Marie has worked as a tour guide for the undergraduate admission office and joined the Psychology Student Association. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, she has also enjoyed meeting members of SNHU’s diverse international student population.
"One of the things I worried about coming to Manchester was that I wouldn’t fit in," she says. "But I've met people from around the world and feel very much accepted here."