Eager to expand their horizons, Mount Ida students are studying abroad in international destinations across the globe. While most Mustangs are lucky to visit one country during their studies, Molly Christian ’16, a double major in applied forensic science and psychology, visited six countries in Central America during winter break on the Semester at Sea’s Enrichment Voyage.

The MV Explorer

In the fall 2012, Robin Melavalin, Director of the Center for Global Connections, approached Christian with the idea of spending winter break in Central America. Since Christian was recommended for her passion for intercultural learning, she was selected to accompany Professor Gail Gabriel aboard the MV Explorer, a modern passenger ship that circumnavigates the globe. On her voyage, she experienced the history, culture and arts of Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico, while enjoying field excursions and service opportunities.
“My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the people I met in every country,” said Christian. “I saw culture through their eyes, which made my excursion more real, more human. Seeing that these individuals were not any different from me was a beautiful thing.”

Global learning

Although Christian is only a sophomore, she has already developed a global perspective from her Enrichment Voyage. In regards to her academics, she wants to pursue disaster psychology where she can deal with post-traumatic stress disorder victims in case of mass causality events. After graduation, she hopes that her knowledge can extend beyond the United States to help citizens around the world.
“I want to be able to respond to a scene to help people who are affected by large scale disaster events,” stated Christian. “There is so much more than just the psychical injuries, the emotional effects need the guidance of psychologists. I plan to continue to travel to broaden my viewpoint through traveling.”

Devan Meeker, veterinary technology major and dual-sport athlete, just started her senior year, but she’s already been selected for the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Sportsmanship Award. This is not just any athletic award; it honors student-athletes for their virtues of fairness, integrity, selflessness, respect, fellowship with opponents. Meeker displayed these qualities during a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) soccer game between Mount Ida College and Albertus Magnus College.

Acting with Strong Character

During the game, Meeker collided with an opponent. The play was clean, but Meeker went over to the injured player after the game. She apologized for the injury and wished her a speedy recovery. Instead of walking away or trying to earn praise, Meeker was truly concerned with the well-being of her opponent. For acting with strong morals, she was selected as this year’s award winner.

“This event has taught me to be true to myself and to always perform in a manner in which I can be proud of myself,” stated Meeker. “To receive this award during my senior year, tops off my college experience as a student-athlete and demonstrates that I am an individual with good morals and the strength to always do what is right.”

Senior Year and Post-College

As a dual-sport athlete in both softball and soccer, Meeker has achieved much success in athletics during her four years at Mount Ida College. She was the 2012 Most Valuable Player of the Mustang softball team, Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Sportswoman-of-the-Year, and is currently captain of softball and soccer.

“My plan for post-graduation is to go back to Connecticut and find a job working as a large animal veterinary technician,” said Meeker. “Also, I hope to find a league where I can play soccer and softball to stay active and continue doing what I love.”

Meeker will be honored at the 2012 ECAC Honors dinner on September 30. Visit our Athletics website to read more about this achievement.

Coming into college, students hear the word “internships” from day one until graduation. While most students know they need real world experience, one of our very own Mustangs has taken this definition to another level. She’s completed five internships while balancing a resident assistant (RA) schedule and playing on the women’s soccer team. Oh, and she also has been a manager at the trendy 344 store in Newton Center. She says, “No big deal,” but we think otherwise.

The Intern Queen

As a graphic design major, Heather Harrington ’13 first decided to become a super intern when she read about Lauren Berger, also known as “Intern Queen”. Berger, herself, worked at 15 internships during her four years of college and is now CEO of InternQueen.com, an online internship site. Similar to the Intern Queen, Harrington has tracked down internships and continues to strive for what’s next.

“It definitely takes a ‘Type A’ personality to complete both classes and internships,”’ said Harrington. “I thrive on being busy, but know my limits. I live, breathe, and think design all of the time and hope that it will pay off when I graduate in May.”

Kiss 108 Internship

During the fall 2012, Harrington landed a high-profile internship working on the “Matty in the Morning” show at Kiss 108 FM Radio. Although arriving at the station at 4 a.m. was no easy task, Harrington has experienced a fast-paced working environment and is an expert at meeting deadlines.

“While the hosts were on-air, I researched the topics before each segment and edited sound bites,” recalls Harrington. “I was expected to walk into the recording studio with ready-to-go material, so I had to be prepared.”

Senior Year and Job Hunting

Looking ahead, Harrington is excited for her senior thesis show in May and graduation. Ultimately, she wants to work at an agency where she can share her creativity with clients. Harrington believes her School of Design’s professors’ honest feedback has helped her reach her full potential as a graphic designer.

“If you’re passionate about your work, you don’t mind staying up until the early morning to produce the best product possible,” stated Harrington. “It’s simple, you want to push boundaries and will do anything it takes to get there.”