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Bobby Noel '14

Since coming to Hiram College, Bobby Noel ’14 has built his confidence in many ways.

He admits he struggled through some aspects of high school. But after developing a close relationship with his First Year Colloquium professor, he began to thrive.

“I can’t say what it is, but it was a great transition process for me, and I’ve just kind of excelled ever since that First Year Colloquium,” Bobby, a music major from Struthers, Ohio, said.

It helped knowing there is a strong support system at Hiram. If he needed help or didn’t understand something, he didn’t have to figure it out by himself.

“It helps a lot because I know coming in, I was afraid; I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “(The support) makes you comfortable. You can ask questions if you are struggling; they can help. And you’re gonna get the help you need.”

He’s since found out that the opportunities to stand out and be “First at Hiram,” are endless.

In just a few years, Bobby has become a true campus leader and is now passing his confidence down to others. Through his jobs as a Resident Assistant, Welcome Center worker, Orientation Leader and Teaching Assistant, he helps new students get acclimated to Hiram and college life in general.

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In those roles, he tells prospective and new students about the things that make Hiram College special, and one of the things he particularly loves is the “Hiram Hello.”

“No matter where you are on campus, everyone says hello,” he said. “You may not know each other, but everyone says, ‘hi,’ and that just makes my day.”

Bobby is also president of the Kennedy Center Programming Board, where he oversees other officers in bringing activities and events to campus.

“Hiram has given me the opportunity to expand my horizons,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to attend national conferences and talk to people everywhere.”

Two years later, as he’s grown as a student and a leader, Bobby maintains a close relationship with his First Year Colloquium professor, Physics Professor Laura Van Wormer.

“She always asks how I’m doing, how life’s going, what my classes are like,” he said. “I think she’s been at all of my recitals. So we just have a really close relationship that I never would have expected.” 

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