Miriam Cruz

Psychology | Chicago, Illinois

Build Lifelong Connections

Of course Miriam Cruz remembers how they met. Introduction to Psychology, first year, and this guy sitting behind her who seemed to be constantly talking. Lucas Al-Zoughbi pleads guilty, sort of. Four years later, they’re virtually inseparable, having forged the sort of friendship the inclusiveness at Manchester consciously cultivates.

Lucas convinced Miriam to pick up a peace studies minor. They attended protests together, had numerous classes together, and served on Student Senate together. And now, after graduation, Miriam has traveled to Palestine to volunteer through Pathways Summer Service Program.


Residence Hall Association (RHA), Hall Council, Student Senate, Psych Society, Gender Neutral Housing Collaboration

Favorite Hangout

The Peace Lounge

Recommended Faculty

Professor Katy Gray Brown

Recommended Classes

Take a research-based or research methods class

What People May Not Know About MU

You can create any club you want with a good constitution.

Advice for Students Looking at MU

The opportunities at Manchester are unlimited. The people you will meet will impact your life.

"You can have these intellectual conversations about anything. Just connect with people."

Many Manchester students studying the social, natural and health sciences complete research as an undergraduate. As a psychology major, Miriam had the opportunity to take a research class where she studied "Generational and Gender Differences in Employee's Work Values" and then presented her research at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference and the annual Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago with her professors and classmates.

Outside of academics, Miriam was active in her residence hall with her on-campus job as a resident assistant (RA) and she also served on Student Senate. There are paid, volunteer, and leadership opportunities all over Manchester’s campus!


The Oaks
The Oaks


The Peace Garden
The Peace Garden


Casino Night
Casino Night

See more of Miriam's story at #MUBetterTogether

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