Fernanda Melo

Class of


My hometown is

Joinville, SC, Brazil

My major(s):


I'm involved in:

Highland Java, King-Chavez-Parks, First Year Guide Program, International Club, Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Center for Student Opportunity, Kappa Iota Sorority.

After I graduate I plan to

search for a job in the Marketing and Advertising area in a big city in the U.S.A. I also plan to going to graduate school after one or two years of work experience in my field. 

My favorite place on campus is

the Center for Student Opportunity

Some of my favorite professors include

Julie Arnold, Gregory Baleja, Henry Balfanz, Elizabeth Cameron

So far, my favorite class(es) has/have been

Marketing and Society, English 101, Entrepreneurs in Action

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

Getting involved and working with service learning projects on campus. 

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

not over-extend yourself. Joining too many activities or organizations may not be very helpful during the first year. Classes can be very demanding and sometimes and you need to concentrate on them as well. 

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

that it is a very friendly college! People are always very nice to you! The professors are always willing to help you at any time and I think that is very important. Moreover, I really enjoy having a small campus because everything is near me! 

Also, there are so many study abroad opportunities available for you here, I would definitely advice you to take advantage of that. 

What I like most about studying at Alma is

how Alma College provides the students with several options to travel abroad! I think that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to experience a different culture and see new places! Learning another language is also something really important and being abroad can help you become proficient in it; this will not only look good in your résumé, but it is also going to provide you the experience of taking to the native speakers using their own language!  

My favorite part about living on campus is

getting to know other people! Also, I like being able to just walk to my professors’ offices and ask them questions about classes, assignments and for advice. I find it very beneficial for students to be able to talk to their professors and listen to their own experience and getting their advice that can help you in the future.

I went to

I was an exchange student in Flushing, MI, in 2012-2013! It was a life-changing experience! Being able to share my culture with others, as well as getting to know the American culture made me a different person.

Another benefit of traveling abroad is to learn another language. My exchange year in the U.S. helped me to become proficient in English and it provided me with my first job experience back in Brazil – I became an English teacher and after working for a year I came back to the U.S. for college!

While at Alma, I had the opportunity to go to New Zealand during my sophomore year, and to Ecuador during my junior year. I am very grateful for all the scholarships and opportunities that Alma College has to offer.