When Eliseo Miranda ’13, welcomes freshmen to Stonehill College as a Peer Mentor, he thinks back to his own transition to college. “When I arrived at Stonehill, I recognized I needed to challenge myself to achieve my goal of becoming an engineer,” he says.
Eliseo enrolled in the 3+2 Engineering Dual Degree Program, which confers a bachelor’s degree in science after three years at Stonehill, and a second bachelor’s in engineering through two years at Notre Dame. Eliseo describes studies at Stonehill as hands on, the Shields Science Center providing equipment – from fume hoods to a roof garden – and laboratories for student experiments. At the Science Center, he says, he enjoyed one-on-one interactions with faculty that deepened his understanding of classroom lessons. “My physics professor, Mike Horn, will literally talk to you for hours,” Eliseo says. “We have conversations about photons and general relativity and I think, ‘This is awesome.’”
Eliseo also immersed himself in Stonehill’s campus life, joining cocurricular activities including Ultimate Frisbee, which he says perfectly balanced his academic workload. “After a hard day of working and classes, it’s great to go on the Frisbee field and just toss with your friends,” he says.
Eliseo adds that Stonehill’s unique combination of community and a Catholic foundation directed him to discover who he is – as a future engineer and a world citizen. “At Stonehill, I realized the implications of my actions on others, and the importance of making a difference,” he says. “Those values also benefit my career – as an engineer I need to evaluate the impact of my actions on everything else.”
Applying his Stonehill studies, Eliseo pursued a Quantum Optics research internship through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), and an internship in Accelerator and Fusion Physics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Now in his first year at Notre Dame, he says that Stonehill’s academics prepared him to thrive, both in these prestigious research roles and at the top university.
“Stonehill challenges every student to achieve the most they can – if you’re not challenged you’re not doing it right there,” he says. “I’m so prepared for the future.”