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Sterling Kowalski


Galesburg, Illinois

Psychology Major, German and Business and Management Minors

How would you describe campus life at Knox?

Unbelievably busy, exhausting, and the most fun you will ever have in your life.

How would you describe the academic life?
It's rigorous and you WILL be challenged. Don't take a grade for face value. Certainly GPA is important and you should strive to achieve excellent grades each term, but I've learned the most from many of my classes in which I didn't receive an "A." And that's why I'm here, to learn.

What surprised you about Knox?
Knox surprised me when I found myself hating breaks. I was so excited freshman year for that 6-week winter break, but a week into it I was ready to go back to campus and see my friends.

Tell us about a memorable class, experience, professor, or assignment and what you learned from it.
Human Sexuality with Heather Hoffmann 100%. I have never learned so much in such a short period of time with such practical application to the real world. In 10 weeks, my view of just about everything changed radically.

What activities do you participate in on campus, and how have they influenced your experience? 
I have been the president of German Club for one year and was elected to serve another term. I also sit on the Psi Chi council as treasurer. Organizations like these bring you into close contact with people who share similar interests. Some may already be your friends, some may be new people. Either way, it's in the sharing of ideas and development of your opinions surrounding certain issues that lead to personal growth, the essence of the Knox experience. 

Have you been involved in any research yet?
I'm assisting with research on the differences in brain functionality and organization between older and younger learners of a second language. The research is being conducted by the Center for Collaborative Brain Research and Functional MRI Laboratory at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.

What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox OUTSIDE the classroom?
I didn't learn this at Knox, but Knox has certainly reinforced its value at least three-fold. Get outside your comfort zone every day. Every day. Trust me, you'll have more fun.

What is your favorite place on campus?  
My favorite place on or off campus is any place my friends are. When we say, 'We are Knox,' we mean that. It's the people that really make Knox special, not just where you are or even what you're doing.