Ian Sonia

Ian coordinates our admissions marketing and communications projects. He also visits and reads applications for Essex County of Massachusetts, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.

What is your favorite thing about Emmanuel College?

The mix of a liberal arts education and a strong focus on internships. Students embrace the well-rounded curriculum at Emmanuel to make them better citizens of the world and prepare them for a career after college.

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

Growing up as a diehard Boston sports fan, I love going to Fenway in the summer to see the Sox and visiting the Garden in the winter to watch the Bruins and Celtics.

What is the one piece of advice you would give prospective students about the college process?

If you find a college you’re very interested in attending, work hard to show them. Sign up for their information session when they visit your high school, take a campus tour and do an interview if they are offered. By showing your interest and building a personal relationship with the admissions counselor responsible for your area, your application could stand out in a larger pool.

What is the most exciting aspect of working in Admissions?

I think the best part of working in admissions is knowing that I am helping students make the first major choice in their life. It is rewarding being able to open prospective students’ eyes to the possibilities that the future can hold, and it all starts by choosing which college you want to attend. More than anything, I love being a resource for students throughout their process.

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Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

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