Social work major, psychology, criminal justice minor
She sees university faculty serving their students in a similar way. "They help us
a ton and care about what we do," says Ramirez, also a member of the women s soccer
team and active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Bluffton.
Rudi Kauffman, assistant professor of restorative justice, has been particularly helpful,
says Ramirez, who is considering a career of helping juvenile offenders or other children
in a social service setting. One of her fall-semester teachers, Kauffman suggested
that social work, as well as criminal justice, would be a good match with her interest
in working with others. In addition, she says, "he makes me look at things from a
whole different point of view, and it s awesome."
Coming to campus
A presentation by an admissions counselor at her high school was decisive in Ramirez's
decision to come to Bluffton, and she hasn't regretted it. "I love it," she says,
adding that Bluffton "feels really homey." Her first college soccer season has been
a positive experience as well, she says, including her coaches, teammates "and just
the chemistry we have."
When it comes to advice for current high school seniors who might be interested in
following her to Bluffton, her focus returns to concerned faculty. "If anyone's looking
to actually have one-on-one time with teachers, this would be a great place to come,
because everyone's so caring," Ramirez says.