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“These experiences have shaped and changed me forever by introducing and bonding me to the worldwide circle of Mercy which each GMercyU student is an integral part of.”
As an Early Childhood and Special Education dual major at Gwynedd Mercy University, I have been able to take advantage of the many opportunities I have been afforded both within my field of study and within the circle of Mercy.
In my three years so far at GMercyU, I have traveled to Ireland for the International Young Mercy Leaders Conference held in Catherine McAuley’s home on Baggot Street, completed an Alternative Spring Break ministry of presence experience in Savannah, Georgia and traveled to New Mexico to take part in campus programming planning at the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute conference.
These experiences have shaped and changed me forever by introducing and bonding me to the worldwide circle of Mercy which each GMercyU student is an integral part of, by allowing my worldview and experiences with others to shape my opinions and goals, and by allowing me to grow as a student and a leader.
A little closer to home, on campus, as President of the Special Education Club, I have collaborated with other students to further develop The Alex Valeno Exceptional Persons 5k Walk/Run into a professionally organized event, raising $14,000 in two years for organizations supporting the special needs population including Gwynedd Mercy University’s Autism Institute.
Because of the close relationships GMercyU fosters among students and professors, I have also been provided the opportunity to volunteer at two Autism Institute Conferences, the Partners in Faith Formation of Children with ASD, IDD and other Disabilities Conference, the Council for Exceptional Children 2014 National Conference and the Griffin Student Leadership Institute Conference as an Exceptional Leader honoree. With guidance and recommendations from my professors, I am currently a student member in both the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for educators.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, I was honored with the George O’Neill Memorial Scholarship presented by the CEC in Harrisburg and the Hannah Amgott Memorial Scholarship presented by DVEC.
This upcoming school year, my next endeavor is to become a Mercy Advocate, acting locally and advocating globally alongside my peers. I look forward to continuing to grow and learn during my senior year at GMercyU, especially student teaching in the spring! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me thanks to my successes at GMercyU!