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Emily Fagan-Zirm

Emily Fagan-ZirmAdmission Counselor

B.A., John Carroll University

Contact:, (440) 826-8023

Where might you see me?

  • Cleveland's westside suburbs
  • Ohio counties: Allen, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Geauga, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lake, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
  • States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

My hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

What makes Baldwin Wallace distinctive for me? The campus, conveniently located in a small, safe suburb, boasting the feel of a larger campus since it's a bit more spread out. More importantly, is the inviting sense of community you feel once you set foot on campus. Every member of the community is supportive of student success. Pairing that with our 85+ majors and experiential learning opportunities, this provides meaningful outcomes for students to step off campus into the "real world."

What do I love most about Berea and Cleveland? The variety! I love having the perks of a larger city close by in Cleveland - sports, concerts and restaurants - while also having the quaint suburbs, like Berea, nearby that each have their own personality to offer. I also particularly enjoy the Cleveland area's change in seasons. Each season offers its own activities, events and natural beauty.

What is the most interesting place I have visited? The middle of the ocean in Mexico - where I snorkeled with whale sharks! I was absolutely terrified at the time!

If I got to meet any historical figure, who would it be and why? The English major in me has to say Geoffery Chaucer - the "father of English Literature" and author of The Canterbury Tales. I would love to hear more of his satirical "hot takes."

What song can't I get out of my head right now? Any and all of the songs from Hamilton.

My message to prospective students thinking about the value of college and BW: College is a transformative time in your life both personally and professionally. This means it is the perfect time to find your passions, develop professional skills and take part in many experiential learning opportunities. The Baldwin Wallace network of faculty, staff and alumni will assist you to create your own unique experience during your college adventure. Take advantage of each and every opportunity that interests you!