Penelope Chappel is a local from Holden who is a Honors student double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In addition to her studies, Penelope works in the Student Success Center as a Tutor.  

Why did you choose Anna Maria for your degree? 

I chose Anna Maria because it was so close to my hometown, and I didn’t want to leave my friends and family. I didn’t want to leave what I had built in this town as I spent a lot of my childhood moving from town to town (I.e. Virginia, Australia, Massachusetts). I also enjoyed the small classroom feel and sense of community compared to a lot of the other options around here. 

What do you love about your major? 

I love that both of my majors are useful for the real world and are hands on. A lot of the things we learn in the classroom apply to what occurs outside in society. I also love that a lot of the assignments are opinion based and written work. I like being able to think on my own and not just learn what to think. 

What is your favorite Anna Maria College memory? 

It’s hard to pick a favorite after four years, but during the Academic Symposium about six of my professors showed up. Throughout my time at Anna Maria, I was encouraged to have real connections with the community, and it has helped me so much. Exactly a week before, I had found out my brother passed away and it was really nice to see all the people who supported me and pushed me to continue despite all of the hurt I was feeling. 

What are your plans for the future after graduation? 

The day after graduation I am going to England to see my dad and some family and do some things for my brother. I think a break is much needed, but after that my goal is working in some entry level mental health field position. I have been applying to hospitals and state agencies. In the fall I will then continue my education for my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counselling.  

What advice would you give to prospective students interested in Anna Maria College? 

If I could say anything to future students interested in Anna Maria it would be that the small school feeling is amazing. The professors are understanding. Most classmates live close. We build a community of our own and it is welcoming to all if you take advantage of it!