Freshman Ryan Wolfe from Charles City, Iowa knew that Villanova was going to be his home for the next four years.
“When I got into Villanova, I hadn’t seen it yet, so last Spring my mom and I came on a college visit so I could see if this university was everything that I had heard it was. At one point during the visit, we were sitting on those stones outside of the Quad, and sitting there, I realized that this was the place where I was meant to be.”
Now, he has declared a major in Political Science and he is currently considering pursuing minors in both History and Public Administration. He chose Political Science because he’s always been intrigued by the political process and has always wanted to know the ins and outs of the system. In the future, he also wishes to go to Law School with the goal of going into Constitutional Law. He believed that Political Science is a good fit for a future in law school it will expose him earlier to all of the information that the law requires.
On the campus, he has gotten involved in multiple organizations. He serves as the Librarian for the Villanova Singers, helps with sound for VSMT’s musical productions, including their most recent production, If/Then, after acting throughout high school, which has been an enjoyable experience. He will also be a member of the Sophomore Service Learning Community next year.
Being a part of the Villanova Singers has given Ryan one of his favorite Villanova experiences. “After the string of losses that our basketball team had that occurred after we lost to Penn, we had a game against Marquette in the Pavilion, who had been the highest ranked team in the conference. We beat them and it was so much fun. I was with the rest of the Villanova Singers because we had sung the National Anthem for that game. It was such a great atmosphere, and it was very indicative of Villanova’s culture of coming together and supporting one another.”
He is also a writer for the Villanovan. “I’ve been writing mostly about current political topics, including the first debate here on campus between the Villanova College Democrats and the Villanova College Republicans on Immigration Reform and about many of the political candidates that have announced that they’re running for president. Other than that, I’ve written about events on campus. One interesting article that I wrote recently was about a professor here, Dr. Joey Nielsen, who was a part of the team that was able to take the picture of the Black Hole.”
This summer, he will be studying abroad in the Czech Republic under the tutelage of Dr. Lynne Hartnett, who has one of the best people and professors he has ever met, and Professor Mary Beth Simmons. The program will be centered in a monastery in the Czech Republic, where they will be taking their courses. There he will be taking a class on Czech Literature Class, which will be taught by Professor Simmons, and a class on the Fall of Communism and the Rise of Democracy in Eastern and Central Europe, which will be taught by Dr. Hartnett.
One of the reasons why he decided to study abroad in the Czech Republic was because of Dr. Hartnett. “I took Dr. Hartnett’s Tsars and Commissars last semester, and at the beginning of the year when Dr. Lindenmyer was talking to us at Orientation in the humid tent on the field, telling us about these different classes that we could experience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she offhandedly at the end threw out Russian History. At first, I thought that was a fun comment, but I didn’t realize how interesting it actually was. I hadn’t learned a lot about Russian History before, so it was just like an exposure to a whole new culture and it was so enjoyable, it’s been my favorite class that I’ve taken here so far.
Next Fall Break, he will be participating in the Villanova on the Hill program. “We’re going to Washington D.C. for a week, and we’ll be learning from people on Capitol Hill about the ins and outs of the D.C. system. I’m excited for it because I think it will be a good stepping stone for getting the lay of the land early on and getting the resources to network there because I hope to work in D.C. one day.”
Ryan left the interview with a piece of advice for his fellow classmates. “Give it time. Because I had a very bad culture shock at first, I was very far away from home and It took me a while to get adjusted to the Villanova atmosphere, and to recognize that, that it’s okay, that things do that time, eventually it will get better.”