Paul and Anne Marie Nuñez are the proud parents of HNU students Priscilla ’16, Vanessa, and Alicia Nuñez. They live in Tracy, California, and were kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for the first HNU Parents Spotlight.
How has your experience been of being Holy Names University parents, especially with three children here at the University?
Our experience with HNU has been phenomenal. Having three children at the same university is typically unusual for most households. The small and diverse atmosphere provided our daughters with confidence and willingness to learn. When we visit campus, everyone is so friendly and helpful and especially welcoming. It’s like they already know us.
What do you like most about HNU?
We like the student-faculty ratio of 11:1. We are confident that our daughters will not fall through the cracks. The professors will know if and when a student misses class. They’re also willing to make suggestions to the student if they may be struggling in class and they provide them with guidance on how to stay on track. We are proud of the advisors providing their guidance to assure our daughters graduate in four years. We are proud to say that within four years of her enrollment, our first daughter, Priscilla, will be graduating in May 2016. Our freshman and junior are also on track to graduate in four years. So we are beyond proud of their accomplishments and are so looking forward to their future.
What advice would you give first-time HNU parents?
Our advice is to let your child stay on campus and experience independence. Also gaining knowledge on what they would like to do or even pursue in life. Our first daughter, Priscilla, was a commuter student her freshman year and we noticed the disconnect she had with the school and also noticed her confidence level was low. So she was on campus for the following years and we noticed a big transition in her confidence.
When you describe HNU, how do you describe it?
Small and very diverse, which is what we love the most about HNU.
What do you think people who aren’t familiar with the University should know about HNU?
HNU has those huge steps that you have to climb to go to the Public Market or to Mass, although it is a great way to get your exercise in. The Convocation is a fantastic ritual for incoming students. HNU is a welcoming and inviting school. As soon as we stepped foot on campus, we already felt like we belonged. Students and faculty are always so helpful. We did attend a few basketball games on campus (yes there is a gym on campus—it is a bit small but very exciting to experience).