“When you are in college you really start to figure things out.”
Nathan Tappen was undecided on a major when he became an Ambrosian in 2017, but “undecided” is OK. We offer more than 60 undergraduate programs, and Nathan was eager to explore. “I like the academic programs SAU offers, and maybe what I want to do in the future will be inspired by a class I take.”
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois
Nathan attended Catholic schools in a Chicago suburb and from an early age was helping his peers, community and church. He tutored and mentored underclassmen, volunteered at a local food bank and with Feed My Starving Children. Nathan also plays the drums and was active in various music programs. We made college more affordable for Nathan and his family, awarding him a scholarship for his leadership and achievements.
“I heard about SAU by chance, looked into the university and I liked what I saw. I prefer a small- to medium-size campus and the Catholic aspect was important to me,” Nathan says. St. Ambrose is independent, diocesan, and Catholic, and we enable students of all faiths to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically.
Why does a Liberal Arts foundation appeal to you?
Nathan will learn so much more than textbook subject matter at SAU. For him, inquiry, discussion, and personal growth are equally important. “The liberal arts focus is nice because you are not just studying the surface of something, you are also looking at what is beneath, the ethics. You are not just taught how to solve a math problem--you are also taught to ask questions,” he says.
How does SAU embrace your values?
As a university community, we actively engage in service learning and volunteering, two things that resonate with Nathan. “It reflects the kind of thing I have always tried to do, to help others as much as I can. To know I found a university where I can easily continue to do that is a good thought,” he says. “A lot of people have helped me throughout my life and I am so blessed to have so many things and a comfortable life. It motivates me to help others.”