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A native of New Orleans, La., Adam wanted to explore the U.S. when it came time to choosing a college. He saw Boston as the perfect place for him. After witnessing firsthand the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the psychological effect it had on people, he became interested in studying the human brain. Emmanuel's location among some of the most prestigious hospitals in the world and the opportunity to intern and research in the area was too good to pass up. He studies neuroscience, which blends the study of biology and psychology in a way that helps him better understand the inner workings of the brain.
For someone who likes to stay busy, Adam was immediately impressed with all that Emmanuel and the city of Boston had to offer. A former Louisiana state champion in track and field, he is already one of the most decorated track stars in the College's history. He spends the spring and fall working as a Boston Red Sox employee at nearby Fenway Park. He even finds time to give back, volunteering with Emmanuel's Alternative Spring Break program. Adam certainly has a full plate, but like so many Emmanuel students, he wouldn't have it any other way.
Meaghan credits the early relationships she established at Emmanuel with setting her college career down the right path. After majoring in education her freshman year, she came to realize her true passion lied in research, but was torn as to which direction she should head. Trusted advice from her academic advisor and professors guided her toward psychology, where she has since thrived. This past summer, she remained on campus to conduct psychological research with one of her professors and has already begun investigating Ph.D. programs in the field upon graduation.
An active member of the Emmanuel community (she's a distance runner on the Saints' cross country/track teams, an Academic Resource Center tutor and a member of the College choir, among many things), Meaghan even found time to fit studying abroad into her busy schedule. Together with her academic advisor, she created an academic plan that enabled her to travel to Spain during the summer of her junior year and not miss out on all the activities she was involved with at Emmanuel. Studying abroad was a highlight of Meaghan's college experience thus far, but now she's looking forward to all the excitement that comes with senior year!
A heavily recruited volleyball star out of California, Ashanti saw Emmanuel as the complete package. In addition to being able to play for a nationally ranked program such as the Saints, he feels Emmanuel provides him the opportunity to explore his many interests and to simply be himself.
A dual major in biology and chemistry, he was chosen amongst his peers to conduct research with a faculty member this summer. In addition to building his résumé, Ashanti was able to stay in Boston, a city he has grown to love. A burgeoning entrepreneur, he is always thinking of ways to give back to the community in creative ways. Last year, he started a skateboard-culture clothing line called "Fly Circle," which raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer and helped build a skate park for children in Florida.
To say that Ashanti has an array of interests would be an understatement. He appreciates the fact that at Emmanuel, he has found the freedom to explore all of them.
During spring 2013, psychology major Spencer was awarded the Emmanuel College Travel Fellowship for Advanced Study and an Honors Research and Creative Activities Award for the spring semester. Her awards funded travel to Ireland over the summer, where she assisted professors at Trinity College Dublin in collecting data that investigated the relationship between living situations and alcohol use in Irish college students as well as University College Dublin, where she worked on the My World Survey, a national survey on the mental health of youth in Ireland.
She also had the opportunity to attend a workshop focused on how to recognize mental health problems in young people, as well as strategies to increase the mental health of others. Before returning to the United States, Spencer was invited to write a literature review about substance use among young people in Ireland for The Irish Psychologist, a magazine that publishes issues and topics relevant to psychologists in Ireland.
Her time in Ireland shaped what will be her senior year at Emmanuel, giving her a new focus and a new set of goals. Though she already had a subject in place for her Senior Directed Research project, she is now considering applying to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to return back to University College Dublin for a Masters in Psychological Science.
Emmanuel's location sets it apart from other small schools because it is placed in an extremely relevant area of Boston. Surrounded by Boston landmarks such as Fenway Park, the MFA and the Gardener Museum, Emmanuel's location is absolutely capable of providing students with numerous off-campus experiences. Although these experiences are exciting to students, they also allow students to expand their horizons outside of the classroom. Consequently, students learn valuable lessons that even the best professors could not convey in the classroom.
Being a student-athlete here at Emmanuel College has been an awesome experience for me. Emmanuel provides its student athletes with more than just great facilities and exceptional gear. Emmanuel's Athletics Department, as well as Coach McWilliams (Head Men's Lacrosse Coach), work together in order to instill a sense of drive and commitment into its student athletes. Overall, I have grown as an athlete during my time at Emmanuel, but it is more than just that. Emmanuel has bettered me off the field in ways I could have never imagined.
For Emily, the opportunity to explore Boston-and beyond-as her extended classroom has been key in shaping her Emmanuel experience. Initially unsure of the path she wanted to pursue when began her college career, she took a variety of classes to figure out which subjects were the best fit, and found that sociology stood out among the rest.
During summer 2013, Emily was awarded an Emmanuel Summer Community Service Fellowship to work as a human services intern at the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center, an anti-poverty agency that serves the Mission Hill, Fenway and Lower Roxbury communities. At ABCD, Emily assisted with data entry, file maintenance and client outreach, helped clients complete immigration and citizenship forms, facilitated child injury prevention workshops for new parents, and implemented the Youth Engaged in Action (YEA) program, which is focused on educating middle-school-aged youth about the government, civic engagement and money management. The experience solidified her desire to work in the field of social work.
During her time at Emmanuel, Emily also had a chance to apply her studies around the globe, spending the summer of 2012 in London, as part of a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission award, where she participated in the three-week cultural and academic program "Getting a Head Start: Learning about Leadership Through the 2012 Olympic Games." The trip allowed her to take in Olympic events, the London 2012 Festival and London's numerous and historic attractions.
The fall 2012 semester took her to another part of the world-San Jose, Costa Rica, where she studied at Universidad Veritas. During her stay, she took two intensive Spanish language courses, an Intercultural Communications course and a colloquium about Costa Rican History and Culture. She continues to serve as a U.S. student ambassador for the university.