Cortese student finds ‘fit’ at Valpo
Amanda Cortese

Amanda Cortese has switched directions in the past year.

The incoming junior at Valparaiso University transferred from the University of Central Missouri after her first year and then, once at Valpo, changed her major from exercise science to sports media.

Her twin sister, Natalie, made the university switch as well.

“We felt it was a better academic fit,” Amanda Cortese said. She also wanted to be on Valpo’s fledgling bowling team. “It was the chance to be part of something new.”

Cortese, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has found many benefits at Valpo, from smaller class sizes and more personal attention to a stronger student profile.

“A lot of the students are from the upper half of their class, so there are more students who are probably going to push me,” she said.

Cortese also found more options for majors and stronger programs here. Switching majors was at the back of her mind, but it was not a decision she moved on until her spring semester at Valpo.

“I talked to a lot of different people on campus and they helped gear me in the right direction,” she said, adding that support came from the Career Center and a department adviser who laid out her options.

“As you talk to people at Valpo, they can usually figure out what you need,” she said.

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