Marketing major Lauren Yancer

Meet Lauren Yancer

Marketing, 2021

"Gwynedd Mercy University provided me with the best option to stay close to home, remain a student-athlete, and receive a fantastic education all while making great friends along the way."

Why I Chose GMercyU

There were many factors that played a part in my decision to enroll at GMercyU. When looking for schools, I knew my number one priority was staying close to home. My high school counselor had suggested GMercyU based off of the wants and needs I had expressed to her. I took her advice and went for a private tour. 

The experience was overwhelming, but deep down I knew I wanted to go here. A few months later, I visited again for an Open House. At this point it was clear I wanted to go here, but I still had some factors to consider:  Did I want to live on campus or commute? Did I want to play volleyball or just focus on school?

I ultimately decided to commute freshman year, and I decided to join the volleyball program. I will never forget my tour guide for that Open House, because he truly encouraged me to remain a student-athlete.

Gwynedd Mercy University provided me with the best option to stay close to home, remain a student-athlete, and receive a fantastic education all while making great friends along the way. 

Why I Chose Marketing

Originally, I wanted to major in Management. In my senior year of high school, I took a marketing class in the Dual Enrollment program here at GMercyU. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a creative person. I spend my free time sketching or painting. My class demonstrated the creative aspect that marketing brings to the business world, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. A few weeks prior to the start of school, I changed my major to Marketing.

Finding My Home

Being a freshman and a commuter student was terrifying. As a person who isn’t good with change, I was absolutely dreading my first day. The only people I knew at that point were my teammates, and I was nervous about making friends. The first week went much smoother than I intended, since I found a few people in my classes that I soon became friends with. As a commuter it was hard to make friends at first, but the people I met made sure I felt welcome. Being a student-athlete also made it easier to make friends. 

Now, three years later, I still have those same friends I met my first week at GMercyU. 

Life as a Student-Athlete

I couldn’t be more thankful to be a student-athlete and part of the Griffin community. I give credit to my tour guide for influencing me to reach out to my coach to continue playing the sport I love. Being a student-athlete has allowed me to gain opportunities that other students do not get -- there are several clubs and organizations geared towards student-athletes. 

As a freshman, coming into a new environment and not knowing anyone was scary, but being a fall athlete allowed me to be on campus a week prior to the rest of the student body. In that time, I was able to make friends on my team and introduce myself to freshmen from the other teams. 

Not only has being a student-athlete allowed me to gain many friendships, but it’s also allowed me to thrive in school. The number one benefit to being a student-athlete is learning how important time management is. College is much different than high school because of the amount of free time an individual has. Having a set schedule for practices and games, on top of my class schedule and homework, helped me develop the time management skills necessary to succeed in my field of study. 

Each year we celebrate DIII Week and share stories about why we student-athletes chose to play Division III sports. I think it’s important to highlight the importance of playing for a Division III school, as it allows for us to receive an exceptional education experience while playing the sport we love. Being a student-athlete has given me the best opportunities and I couldn’t be more thankful. 


Opportunities GMercyU has Given Me

I’m a very outgoing and passionate individual when it comes to school. I aspire to learn more each day, and I love being involved. GMercyU has numerous clubs to be involved in. My freshman year I joined the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) as a representative for my team. Here, we represent each sports team to create events that support local charities and engage the student body. I’ve also had the privilege of being selected for the Business Student Advisory Board where I represent the business students and suggest any changes that should be made. 

GMercyU provides students with employment opportunities throughout campus. Personally, I’m a tutor in the Student Success Center and a Griffin Ambassador for Admissions. Just last spring I was invited to become a member of Sigma Beta Delta which is the Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration. This is a prestigious honor that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. As one can see, GMercyU has countless opportunities for students to get involved and make a positive impact on their future. 

My Last Semester

I’m currently in my final semester at GMercyU and graduating early this December.

I am extremely sad to be leaving my home, but I would not be where I am without the opportunities that GMercyU has given me. The Marketing Department at school has provided me with an internship this semester to learn more about marketing and how to apply it in the real world. I continue to be involved in my last semester and create as many memories as I can.

Although I am heartbroken to leave GMercyU, I know I will be successful regardless of what direction I go because of everything I’ve been involved in and the support I’ve received from school. Thank you to all of my professors, especially Professor Ralph Hoffman, for being the best support system and striving for the absolute best of each student.

In September 2021, Lauren was awarded a prestigious Sigma Beta Delta scholarship