Far From Home and Loving It: Why Senior Maria Hicks is a Westminster Student
Maria Hicks, ’20, ΚΚΓ, of Luther, MD, is attending college far from home for a reason. Her father, Reese C. Hicks, ’82 ΔΤΔ, brother, Reese M. Hicks, ΔΤΔ, and grandfather, Thomas Hicks, ’57 ΔΤΔ, all attended the College. Based on their strong recommendations, Hicks played a game of college-choice Russian roulette and only considered Westminster.
“I took a huge risk coming here,” Hicks reflects. “I decided to look at one college and one college only — my dad and brother convinced me and said, ‘This is such a great school,’ and when I came here, I instantly fell in love with Westminster. It just felt like a home away from home.”
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Please explain how your self-designed major works.
I’m a graphic design major with an English minor, and I take classes at William Woods University, because that’s our sister school, so I am able to take classes there and at Westminster. I was given a great opportunity to do something I loved while still being at Westminster … the school I love.
What do you find unique about your Westminster education?
I work with the Learning Opportunities Center, or LOC, here because I have dyslexia. It was really scary to come to college, because I struggled a lot in high school with classes and school work in general, and when I came here, I was able to get extra help through the LOC. I learned very quickly that each professor really wanted to help me. It was a very close-knit experience. They will stay after class and work one on one with you, which at a larger school, you would not get that experience. So I am really lucky.
How has Westminster helped you find your purpose?
Coming here, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Once I figured out that I’m good at art, I decided I wanted to be a graphic design major. I feel like I have a purpose in life, and I know what I want to do after college. Westminster really gives you the footing to move forward.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to draw and paint and be creative.