Junior Danielle Lemieux may be at Christendom now, but she did not start her college career here. A native of Canada, Lemieux initially attended two other colleges in her homeland, one a secular university of over 30,000 students, the other a Catholic college of less than 100 students. One had too many students, the other too few, but when she visited Christendom’s campus in 2014, she found the student body of almost 500 to be just right.
Lemieux was impressed by how approachable the people were, both the staff and the faculty, and by the smaller class sizes as well. By the spring of 2015, the college had worked with her family to make it affordable to attend, and so she enrolled as a student at Christendom, and began to fit in nicely.
In the classroom, she’s now busy working toward her theology degree. Outside of her studies, she’s taken on roles as an Experience Christendom Summer Program counselor, an assistant admissions counselor, an intern with the student success coach, and many roles on stage in Christendom’s theatrical productions. A lover of all things musical, she was thrilled with the ability she now had to study the liberal arts as well as take part in theatrical and on-stage performances — particularly as Fantine in “Les Miserables.” All in all, she’s found that Christendom has impacted her life for the better.
“Since transferring to Christendom, I have had countless opportunities to pursue my passions for music and theatre. I’ve performed in various events and venues over the years, yet Christendom has been one of the most positive experiences for me; everyone is so encouraging and supportive, creating an ideal environment for cultivating personal growth in the performing arts. I also love the fact that there isn’t a strict theatre or music department at Christendom, for it allows students of all years and majors to participate in the theatre program here. Not only does this allow for a much broader and richer range of acting and musical talent, but it also allows all of those participating the chance to meet and foster relationships with different people!”
Surprisingly, when she attended the 30,000 student secular university, Lemieux says that had little to no opportunity to live out her dreams – which included the desire to perform on stage. At Christendom, with the manageable sized student body, she is able to excel both academically and outside of class. Besides her many performances on stage during the play each semester, she can be found singing at Coffee House or St. Cecilia’s Eve or Cup ‘o Coeli, among other venues.
When she’s not on stage or in class, Lemieux can also be found working as a student-employee in the admissions office, gaining real-life experience in customer relations, conflict resolution, communications, and data administration – all of which may benefit her when she returns home to Canada in May to assist her father, Pierre Lemieux, in his pursuit of Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
“It’s such an incredible experience to be a part of the inner-workings of Christendom, and see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Working in the Admissions Office has allowed me to share with others my experience at Christendom, how it compares to other schools – like the other two I previously attended – and speak of the quality of the education and opportunities Christendom provides. Choosing which college to attend is an extremely difficult decision, and it is such a gift to be able to assist others in their discernment.”