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"Even though I was a commuter student, I did not want to be the student that goes to classes and not become involved. That's why I became involved in many activities my freshman year."
I chose Gwynedd Mercy University for a couple of reasons. I was familiar with the campus because my older sister, Meghan O’Connell, graduated from GMercyU in 2004. I also wanted to be a commuter student and live at home and GMercyU is only 20 minutes away. I am a “homebody,” so being close makes it very convenient for me to travel back and forth to school. Finally, I wanted to attend GMercyU because of the family atmosphere that was apparent when arriving on the campus.
Even though I was a commuter student, I did not want to be the student that goes to classes and not become involved. So, I became involved in many activities my freshman year, including the Voices of Gwynedd, Psychology Club, Griffin Student Leadership Institute, and Student Activities Committee. I am currently a senior and the President of the Psychology Club, President of Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, and President of the Voices of Gwynedd, while also being on the committees for Mission and Values and the planning team for Griffin Student Leadership Institute.
During my senior year, I interned at my alma mater, Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Pa. I worked in the high school guidance counseling program, which included talking to parents and students; sitting in on meetings with students; and being able to see what is required to be a high school guidance counselor.
I can truly say that the professors at GMercyU care about their students. When I was having difficulty in some of my classes, they helped me with the class and/or led me to the Academic Resource Center for tutoring. They push their students to the best of their ability in order to succeed.
During the summer of my sophomore year, my father was killed while working on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I was very nervous starting school again, not knowing what people would say or what their reactions would be. I emailed all of my professors about the situation, and they kept their eyes out for me. They wanted to make sure that I would be able to handle everything that was going on with my dad’s untimely death, as well as my schoolwork. I felt that the faculty and staff truly cared for my well being as a student and as a person.
Because of the faculty and staff, we as students are able to obtain a great education and learn everything we need to proceed on the road to success for our future.
After graduating from Gwynedd Mercy University, I was able to demonstrate and apply the Mercy values that were taught to me throughout my four years here at this institution. I have grown so much as a student and as a person since my freshman year. The university has given me a strong educational foundation from which I can base and prepare my future, in the hopes of becoming a high school counselor.
The education that I received at GMercyU has molded me into the successful student that I always wanted to be. I feel as though I will be able to have an active role in society to help others and promote the Mercy values of caring, compassion, and service.