Silvie Lehtis  '17

Hometown: Grayslake, Illinois
Major: Biology, Neuroscience, Spanish

What activities are you involved in?
Delta Delta Delta, Phonathon, Biology Club and I volunteer in the St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Department

Why did you decide to attend Coe?
I fell in love with the small school atmosphere, the professors genuinely care about the students and everyone is extremely fun and welcoming.

What is the best part of being a Kohawk?
Building lifelong friendships and relationships with professors.

What do you remember most from your first year?
The running of the stairs during Greek Recruitment.

Describe your favorite interaction with a professor.
I felt like I was not doing well in my Spanish class but my professor reassured me and let me know that I was going to make it and it is normal for the transition from high school foreign language classes to college level classes to be difficult. It made me feel much more comfortable and confident in class!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering Coe?
Even if you think you want to go to a big school, give a small school a chance to make an impression on you. At a small school it is so much easier to make amazing friends and you also receive a more interactive education.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Hang out with friends, go to restaurants in Cedar Rapids, work out in the Clarke Racquet Center and NAP!

What is your favorite CR hangout?
Pancheros! We don't have those in Illinois!

What was the best part of being a first-year student?
Meeting all the new people that I'll be here with for the next four years. Plus living in Armstrong is a riot :)

If you could bring one thing from your hometown to Coe what would it be?
My dishwasher.

How would your friends describe your personality?
Sweet and funny.

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