GMercyU student and resident assistant Ryan Harrison

Meet Ryan Harrison

Communication, 2017

"Before being a part of the Res Life family and lifestyle, I was a very reserved individual and only spoke to people who were like me. Now, I am more outgoing, more approachable, and more caring of others. "

Hello all, my name is Ryan Harrison and I am a junior majoring in Communication at Gwynedd Mercy University. I am from West Philadelphia but currently reside in the upper part of Philadelphia, what fellow Philadelphians would call Uptown.

I am a very family oriented man. Family is the best thing a person can have. I believe without them I am nothing. My biggest inspiration is my mother. I didn’t have the opportunity to have my father in my life because he lost a battle to cancer when I was only nine, so I have watched my mother struggle but triumph in taking on the responsibility of being both mother and father. 


People may say that a woman can’t raise a man but that isn’t true. My mother raised a great man. I plan to join the Armed Forces, preferably the Navy, after graduation as an officer. I am the first person in my family to attend college straight out of high school. My older sister is currently in school getting her master’s degree after retiring from the Navy where she served for 10 years. 


I am currently a Resident Assistant on campus and aside from joining the Upward Bound program in high school, I must say that being an RA is one of the best decisions in my life. It molded me into becoming a better person. Before being a part of the Res Life family and lifestyle, I was a very reserved individual and only spoke to people who were like me.  I really didn’t care to make new friends or get to know anybody. Now, I am more outgoing, more approachable, and more caring of others.  


Before coming to Gwynedd Mercy University, I attended what is now called West Catholic Preparatory High School. While at West Catholic, I had the privilege of being part of the Upward Bound program. I like to think that if it wasn’t for those amazing people there, I wouldn’t be here attending GMercyU.  


I had the opportunity of living on GMercyU’s campus prior to making my decision to come here through the Upward Bound Summer program. Being on this campus is what made it easier to decide that it was here at Gwynedd Mercy University where I wanted to further my education. 


I fell in love with the campus. It was something about this campus that stood out against all the other schools I got accepted to. Still to this day, I’m not sure why this campus stood out to me but I know I made the right decision.