- Major: Philosophy, English Minor
- Hometown: Torrance, CA
- Campus Involvement: Regent Reporter, Black Hole White Light (Literary Magazine), Team Leader and Student Mentor for Orientation, Book Club
From the first moment Mona Khalifeh turned into Rockford University, she knew she was home. "I was looking for a small university with a community vibe,” she says. "I was impressed with how different the campus was; the woods, the trails, the wildlife, and all while being so close to the activity of State St.
While her home state is now California, thanks to years spent in Germany while her father was in the armed forces, she says the Illinois winters "don’t phase her much.” Originally scouted for soccer, it didn’t end up in her schedule once Monna engrossed herself into everything RU has to offer.
An aspiring magazine contributor, she echoes the sentiments of so many before her. "Small classes allow me to build one-on-one relationships with my professors, and those skills will transfer in professional settings. Specifically in her major classes of Philosophy, she appreciates the expected standard of learning. "You’re forced to take on a philosophical perspective and relate it to current issues,” she says. "When you’re in class, participation isn’t optional. The professors make you answer. They don’t let you off the hook.”
Beyond her academic prowess, Mona’s is involved with student life and all things literary. As a mentor for first-year students she is able to relate one-on-one with her peers: a behavior so wonderfully modeled by RC's engaged faculty and staff. That’s why she is one of this year’s Rockford University Rock Stars.