Finding her Home: How Spring Hill College Prepared This Senior to Become Real World Ready

“The thing that influenced my decision was the interaction with the faculty and the environment that one feels when one comes for a visit. It was home for me.”

Although her parents are from Nicaragua, Regina Gomez-Guillen was born and raised in Mobile, Ala. This senior graphic design major with a minor in public relations/advertising reflects on finding community here at Spring Hill and all the opportunities it has given her. 

Q: What influenced your decision to come to Spring Hill College?

I came to Spring Hill because it was what I knew all my life. My pastor, Fr. Viscardi, talked about Spring Hill to my family, and eventually, my oldest sibling enrolled here. My parents have always been big fans of Spring Hill because of Fr. Viscardi. I attended catholic school all my life and they wanted me to come to Spring Hill as well. I went to other schools to tour but nothing felt like I could make a difference here until I officially came for a tour on campus.

Q: What other campus activities support your decision? 

I was able to come to Badger Day and meet with my admissions counselor to talk about what I needed to do. Through my process, I went through three different counselors before I enrolled and each one made the transition seamless. I had no stress of getting things in during my recruitment period and it made me more excited to come. I later came to Welcome To The Hill and that was when I knew that I made a great decision of choosing Spring Hill to be my home.

Q: What are your career plans when you leave Spring Hill?

I want to work as a graphic designer in the city of Mobile. It is where I have been my whole life and I have made many connections through events that clubs, professors and opportunities at Spring Hill has offered.

Q: How has the College prepared you for your career? 

Through my four years at Spring Hill, I was always striving to take classes that would challenge me. These classes always pushed me out of my comfort zone which allowed me to build confidence in myself.

Q: How has Spring Hill College prepared you for the real world?

Opportunities have presented themselves to me through the classes and internships that I have had that could lead to a potential job. The internships that are required within my discipline have shown me what working in my field could be like. 

Q: Advice for new students on how to get the most out of their Spring Hill education experience?

Definitely take advantage of every opportunity regardless of how it applies to your major. Each opportunity gives you a chance to learn a new skill and build connections with people in the community that will help you in ways you might not see immediately.

Q: One of the Jesuit values we are committed to is “cura personalis,” that is, a care for the spiritual, social and intellectual growth of each person. How has this impacted you and why? 

Spring Hill is a college that invites one to learn more about their faith. I was raised Catholic, and I had the opportunity to learn more about other religions. In the classroom, classes engage with one another to help build an intellectually well-rounded student. I was able to join clubs that allowed me to obtain leadership positions and show other students how to apply certain skills to an assignment or how to build a portfolio. My experience here has pushed me to look within myself and build who I want to be through cura personalis. 

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