BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Michael Modaff ’19 grew up in Lincoln, just 40 minutes away from
the IWU campus. He enrolled at Illinois Wesleyan to major in computer science. Along with being the perfect size, Modaff says he chose IWU, “for its campus [and]
reputation,” along with his confidence in the computer science curriculum.
As a first-year student Modaff came to campus a few days early to participate in MALANA Pre-Orientation, a program designed to assist new multicultural students in their transition to Illinois
Wesleyan. The program helps students establish a network of peer connections. Modaff
said it was great to move in early to get acclimated before the crush of other first-year
“I like the people here the most,” he said. “Everyone is generally nice and inviting,
students and staff alike.” And it’s easy to get to know faculty early on, as IWU boasts
an 11 to 1 faculty/student ratio.
Modaff has already joined several of the University’s 194 registered student organizations. He’s involved in Residence Hall Association, Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM), Game Club and Anime Club. He hopes to play intramural soccer. “I’ve played
for seven years,” he said. “I didn’t want to give it up completely” even though he
didn’t want to compete as a student athlete.
“I’m only three weeks in to the Titan life, but I have a feeling these are going to
be a great four years!”