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The world is constantly shifting and changing, and tomorrow’s leaders need to be able to assess, adapt, and respond to challenges they face, no matter how difficult.
You might be thinking: “That’s intimidating. I want to be successful and make a difference, but how can I overcome obstacles I face?”
The Griffin Edge is a personalized journey that will help you connect the dots between your GMercyU experiences and your future aspirations. The five E's that make up The Griffin Edge -- Excellence, Engagement, Experience, Empathy, and Encouragement -- become the backdrop for understanding and telling your story in concrete and meaningful ways, so you can ace future job interviews and launch a successful career.
Excellence: What you learn and who you learn from is crucial. With curricula that are designed to help you develop the skills employers most want and need, and faculty who are truly invested in your success, you will have the tools you need to succeed. Programs such as the Griffin Student Leadership Institute and the Honors Program help you further expand your horizons, so that when you’re in your career, you can make the maximum impact.
Engagement: Closely tied to Excellence, Engagement is all about what you do in addition to your studies. Making long-lasting connections with professors and classmates, taking part in activities and clubs, and serving the community are all ways that Engagement shapes who you become once you graduate.
Experience: You can’t learn everything in the classroom. The most successful graduates gain hands-on experience that can directly translate into skills that they’ll need in their careers. As a part of the Griffin Edge, there are endless possibilities to gain experience, from clinicals, student teaching, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and more!
Empathy: Mercy is our middle name. Addressing the needs of others is what we do. As a GMercyU Griffin, you'll have the opportunity to participate in experiences that are directly connected to our University Mission and Core Values. Whether it's participating in Alternative Spring Break and other community service opportunities, or refining your leadership style as part of one of our many clubs or organizations, you will develop the tools -- and values -- to make a difference for yourself and for others.
Encouragement: Last, but certainly not least, Encouragement is the final piece of the puzzle of the Griffin Edge. To find your passion, it takes risks. Encouragement gives you the support to take that courageous step. The Griffin Edge helps develop and nurture your enthusiasm, for both your profession and the community around you through faculty and staff mentors, student support services, and so much more! We'll be there to guide you every step of the way.
Unlike many e-portfolios that simply become a place where students store projects and other coursework, your Griffin Edge E-Portfolio is a place where you can take ownership of your educational journey and develop your personal story – a story that you can ultimately share with future employers in a meaningful and impactful way.
Students are encouraged to make meaningful choices in academic and co-curricular experiences where they will develop personally and professionally. Through distinctive Mercy “touchstone” experiences in and out of the classroom, students will learn to make connections and articulate what they are learning.
College is about so much more than going to class, making friends, and joining clubs and organizations. It’s about figuring out how you want to live your life. The Griffin Edge will help you set the right course.