Amy, Class of 2015

English Communication & Media Studies

In high school, Amy didn’t feel confident enough to join clubs and participate in activities until her senior year; but when she was making her transition to college, she was determined to get involved right away.

"When I was looking at Emmanuel as a high school student, I could tell that it was a place where I could do just that."

When she arrived, Amy joined S.A.G.E. (Student Adjustment Guided Effectively), a mentorship program that pairs first-year and transfer students with a sophomore, junior or senior. S.A.G.E. guides help students new to Emmanuel navigate the academic, co-curricular and social opportunities available at the College. It was her S.A.G.E. guide that encouraged her to apply as a member of the Student Government Association (SGA) and as an Orientation Leader.

"I decided to go for it and was accepted into both positions," Amy said. "Through these positions, I gained confidence, made friends and became fully immersed in life at Emmanuel."

Emmanuel's culture and tradition of social justice also led Amy to get involved in service. She joined the 1804 Society, a student leadership organization within the Center for Mission Engagement that focuses on continuing the mission of Emmanuel through a deeper understanding of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, College history and Emmanuel's Catholic identity.

In her senior year, Amy rose to Executive President of the Student Government Association and was involved in national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa. She also served as an Admissions Ambassador so she could share her Emmanuel experiences with future students.

The English communication and media studies major balances her leadership roles and extracurricular activities with coursework and real-world experience outside of the classroom. She completed two internships at Emmanuel - as a compensation and benefits intern at Talbots, Inc. in Hingham and another in the human resources department at WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Needham.

"I never imagined that I would have gotten involved in so many different types of organizations," Amy said. "But with an open mind you never know where you might end up!"