There is no other Speech-Language Pathology program like the one at Misericordia University. With a 5-year accelerated program and speech classes starting as early as your first semester, Misericordia was obviously at the top of my list when I was making the most important decision of my life. It was hard work to get into the program, and now that I’m here I have to continue to work hard to stay where I am. It is a demanding yet fulfilling program that will both challenge and bring out the best in me.
As my first year comes to an end here at Misericordia University, I was able to pick-up on a few things that helped make my transition from high school to college easier. Some of these steps you might have already heard before; some you may not. Hopefully, you will be able to benefit from my experience and enjoy your first year at Misericordia that much more.
Going to college has been the most important journey of my life so far, and I don’t want to have any regrets when I graduate. Staying on campus was arguably the biggest change that took the longest to get used to. While I liked the independence that came with living on my own, I missed the routine and company that my family had to offer. With my first semester of college officially complete, I decided it was time for a change. Instead of living on campus for the remainder of the year, I packed up my bags and went back home.
Topics: Student Life
As I start the second semester of my first year as a student at Misericordia University, I reflect on what I have accomplished and what I have learned from my first semester. I am happy to report that I am finally figuring out where everything is - I know which building is which, where most classrooms and professor’s offices are located, and due to one unfortunate circumstance, where to go when you are sick. As a veteran of my first college semester, I now understand the drastic struggle of studying for finals and finding the time to balance schoolwork with sports. It was all so much more stressfull that I anticipated. But, after having an entire month off from school, I feel rejuvenated and ready to get back at it this semester.
An Ideal Service Learning Client
Last September, Reaching Beyond Limits, a then-18-month-old organization co-founded by Amy Hartman (a Misericordia alumnus) and Robyn Ruckle, was doing great with a growing client base, a strong reputation, and a solid Facebook following.
Reaching Beyond Limits (RBL), located in Kingston, Pennsylvania, is an adult day program for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Like any new organization, they had many plates to spin. Their priority was and is their clients: helping them to learn, thrive, and maximize their quality of life each day.
So it was only natural that branding and website development fell low on their task list. The months started to add up and their website continued to be “under construction.” They were also interested in developing a new logo.
That’s where Misericordia’s Department of Mass Communications and Design stepped in, taking on RBL as a service-learning client in COM 485, Powerful, Persuasive Marketing Design, taught by Assistant Professor Rachel Urbanowicz.
Topics: Misericordia Proud
After being home for five days for Thanksgiving break, it’s a relief to know that Christmas Break is right around the corner. The three weeks in between the two holidays have been the most stressful days of my life. Between studying for the dreaded finals and wrapping up end of the semester projects, I haven’t had time for myself. Luckily, the holiday cheer is too great to put a damper on my Christmas spirit.
It’s weird to experience the feeling of coming home for an extended break from the demands of college life. With Thanksgiving being our first major break of the year at Misericordia University, I was able to go home for about a week and just relax. For the first time in a long time, I slept in my own comfortable bed in my own room. This was a strange feeling after getting accustomed to sharing a room with another student. I would say the best part about being home, though, was having home-cooked meals again, especially Thanksgiving dinner.
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but getting involved is one of the only ways to meet new people in college. When you’re taking five or six different classes, you won’t really have the time or energy to worry about making friends. When you become part of a team, it’s like you already have a built-in family; a family away from family. I know as an incoming freshman, I was anxious about meeting new people and putting myself out there. The field hockey team at Misericordia University quickly took me under their wing and made me feel like I belonged at this school. I’m sure it’s the same way with the other teams as well.
Every summer must come to an end. This year, however, was the start of a new chapter of my life: college. I was no longer returning to the familiar comfort of high school. Being the oldest, I had no one to turn to for advice on college life, so I packed up my mom’s car with too many clothes and drove to Misericordia not knowing what I was about to get myself into.
The Dallas Bicentennial celebration starts next spring, with a logo created by one of its own.
Caitlin Meehan, a recent graduate of Misericordia University and less-recent graduate of Dallas High School, will enjoy the experience of seeing her artwork used throughout the festivities, in materials including the township letterhead, as part of the Dallas Bicentennial celebration, which kicks off in April of 2017.
The Dallas Bicentennial logo, designed by 2016 Misericordia graduate, Caitlin Meehan.
Topics: Misericordia Proud