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Career Month Continues at Mercy

by Pat Burns

Mount Mercy Academy hosted its second group of speakers on careers last week.  These sessions featured talks on broadcasting/journalism, scientist/medica school student, exercise physiology and the law.  The speakers allow the students the opportunity to learn about various careers and receive advice from successful women.

Junior Madison Serafini (Buffalo) found the speakers to be very helpful. "I already have a good idea about what I want to be when I'm older, but listening to Mary Lynn Ryan helped me realize I'm interested in other things and I might want to explore more things in college and change my career choice," Serafini said.

Mary Lynn Ryan, a '79 graduate of Mount Mercy, spoke virtually to the students about her career in broadcast journalism.  Ryan is currently the vice-president of GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) News.

Junior Kennedy Cerrone (Colden) was impressed by Ryan's presentation. "What impressed me about Ms. Ryan's talk was that even though the stories she was following were not the happiest events, she always had a good outlook and knew that in some way her story would make a change to some other human out there; no matter if it was one person or a hundred," Cerrone remarked. 

Stephanie Newman, a graduate from the class of 2012, spoke to the students about her career as a scientist and her studies in medical school.  Newman originally worked in research at Roswell Park as she attained a master's degree.  At that time, she realized she had a passion for medicine and enrolled in UB's Medical School.  Senior Aubrey Monaco (Buffalo) found Newman’s talk to be helpful and informative. “I learned that the healthcare field has many paths or directions that people can take in order to find what they are truly passionate about,” Monaco stated. “She helped me realize that having multiple ideas of what you want to go into for a career is okay. Along the way, through different classes and opportunities, you will find your true passion in a given field.” 

Maggie Fuentes co-owner and general manager of IFS (Impact Fitness Systems) shared her career path with the students.  She began her career in cardiac rehabilitation but soon discovered a passion for athletic performance. “I learned that no matter where you are going for a job, you are going to take many different steps to find your career, and that is okay,” Senior Marissa Kurucz (West Seneca) commented.  “The great advice offered helped me with information I need to help make my college choices.”

Lee Williams is the lead lawyer for the Dent Neurological Group and she educated the students about the various fields of law and what they entail.  Sophomore Avery Walker (Hamburg) learned that multiple degrees can be beneficial in the career of law.  "I have considered the law as a possible career and hearing about Ms. Williams career and the requirements for being a lawyer has increased my interest in the law," Walker stated.

Junior Corsignana Nardello (Derby) found Lee's talk to be inspirational.  She commented, "The message that I took from Ms. Lee was that it may be a long journey, but you really just need to trust the process and do anything and everything you can to achieve your goal."

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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