Ryan Kelly

I was a shy kid before I came to NMH. I didn't really talk to anyone when I was on campus for my revisit day. Since then I've become an admission ambassador, which means I give campus tours to prospective students and their families. Talking to people I've never met before has forced me to use my social skills; the more I do it, the more it becomes second nature. 

My mind was on school, football, and basketball 24/7 when I arrived here. NMH has given me a broader view of life. I take part in the Brothers, an affinity group for male students of color, and I'm a peer mediator and a student leader in the freshman boys' dorm. My focus is so much wider now that I've let new ideas, activities, and cultures influence me.  

My mom passed away recently, and three faculty members—John Christiansen, Ted DesMaisons, and James Greenwood—were waiting for me when I got back to campus. They met with me to find out what I needed, and kept checking in with me to make sure I was okay. David Dowdy, my Catholic confirmation teacher, has been there for me the most. He asks how I am every time he sees me and is ready to sit down right there and then to talk. All four of them came to the funeral. That's typical of the way people here look out for you.