Marissa Hanson

Marissa Hanson

Freshman Admissions Counselor

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Direct: 612-626-4742
Toll Free: 1-800-752-1000

Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin

Major: Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Minor: Public Health

Why she chose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: Honestly, I toured a variety of campuses during my college search because I was extremely undecided in what I was interested in studying. While I was on my tour of the University of Minnesota, I remember our Admissions Ambassador leading my family and I through “The Mall” and Coffman Memorial Union. For the first time on a campus outside of my small hometown, I felt at home. The U of M and I clicked in that moment. I knew the U of M would be a great fit for me as I told my parents: “This is it. I can picture myself as a student here. I feel at home here.” I chose this campus due to the great opportunities that my campus tour guide told me that she experienced as a student here including access to meeting a diverse community of students and faculty. She told us that even though she came from a small town, the residence halls and diverse student groups on campus allowed her to find a community that welcomed her with open arms and allowed her to feel at home. The location of campus allowed her to expand her knowledge of sports, theater, and new cultures Minneapolis, St. Paul, and greater Minnesota.

Favorite University of Minnesota Class: As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, I was able to take a variety of classes that expanded my views of society and humanity. My favorite course was Criminal Procedure with Joel Samaha because it was 100% discussion based. Coming into school, I thought my classes would be all lectures with 1,000 students quickly scribbling notes. However, I have experienced a variety of class sizes that allow for a lot of 1:1 time with professors. Professor Samaha’s classes allow for discussion about what students personally think about the criminal justice system instead of a professor lecturing. Many U of M professors have had “real world” experience in their field which enriches the class as they are able to share anecdotes of the experiences that they took part of.

Favorite U of M Memory: I was fortunate enough to be a Community Advisor in the Residence Halls on campus. This was a great opportunity as it provided me with knowledge of all of the resources that are available to students on campus. I really enjoyed engaging with students and having an impact on their time in the Residence Halls.

The One Experience Students Shouldn’t Miss: Welcome Week is a full week before the start of the fall semester that is dedicated to first year students. During this week, there are no classes and students are able to dedicate time to meeting other first year students, exploring campus, and traversing Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas. This is a week where many memories and bonds are formed between students and a wonderful opportunity to connect with campus resources as well as other students.

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