She knew she wanted her college to be small, a place where she could connect with her professors and get one-on-one attention. For Abby Sitte, a psychology major in her second year, Mount Ida has been all of that – and much more.
“I started out as a criminal justice major, but quickly knew I belonged in psychology. I’ve already plotted out my path to get my doctorate, become a clinical psychologist and to help people with abnormal disorders. And I know with the foundations I’m getting at Mount Ida, I will get there.”
Abby attributes her success as a straight-A student to Mount Ida’s CONNECT Living Learning Program. “Lyn Zlotkowski, the director of CONNECT is a superhero. She has such a talent for talking to people and helping them. She helped me over the bumps in the road and has a way of giving you a perspective.”
Abby is now a CONNECT Mentor and is sharing her success story with other students. “Sometimes students don’t realize how much help there is out there. I try to instill that if you work really hard, you will get there and reach your full potential.”
A life-changing event for Abby has been her ability to travel. “It’s not usual for a freshman to get to travel, but as a member of the “Psychology of Evil” class I was fortunate to get the opportunity to visit Eastern Europe and to learn about the Holocaust. When you come from a small town, you don’t realize what is out there in the rest of the world. It was an incredible opportunity and I now plan to study abroad for a semester in Prague.”
Even with her busy academic schedule, Abby has been able to incorporate her other passion – music – into her everyday life on campus. Last year she founded Harmonix, the on-campus a cappella group, who were tapped to sing the national anthem at Commencement. “I grew up around music, singing, playing guitar and piano
Her musical talents have also led her to the stage where she’s performed in musicals too numerous to mention. Her favorites includes the role of Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” and on stage in “American Idiot,” the Green Day production about experiencing pain and emerging on the other side.
Abby’s path may lead her to smaller theaters, Broadway, to a successful career helping others as a psychologist or maybe even a nurse practitioner. To her the possibilities are endless. But, no matter where she lands, she is sure of one thing. “Mount Ida has transformed my life. I have learned that if you really work hard, put yourself out there you can gain the recognition you need. I’ve never felt so good about myself.”