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Seniors: What’s Next?

Colleen Quinlan ’15

Staff Writer

May 17th, 2015 is the day seniors will be closing their final chapter at Merrimack College and starting a new chapter. It was only four years ago seniors came into Merrimack, not knowing what to expect and now the school has become their second home.

Sarah Connelly who will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Human Development and minor in Elementary Education recalls what her freshman year experience was like. “At first I was nervous about moving away from home but during my time here I have made countless memories. I would not change anything and would not trade all the fun moments and laughs for the world,” Connelly says.

After graduation Connelly will receive her M.Ed. in Community Engagement right here at Merrimack College. “I was invited into the fellowship program where we go to sites and gain experience that we can apply to the classroom. After graduation I want to work at a Non-profit organization that advocates for adults with special needs and in the future establish my own Non-profit organization”, Connelly says.

Alfred Aricidi will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a minor in Pre-Law. “I chose my major because I was interested in being an entrepreneur or in an administrative position after graduation”, Aricidi says. This fall Aricidi will be moving to Miami, FL. where he will be attending University of Miami and continue his studies in their law school program. “I am excited to graduate but will miss the friends I have made and the community as a whole”, Aricidi says.

Alyssa Boudreau will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Management. “I chose my major because my family was going through a difficult and painful time to the point where we finally went to a family therapist. The results have given me my family back and we are stronger together. I want to be able to change lives like that”, Boudreau says.

Boudreau will be attending graduate school at Johnson and Wales University located in Rhode Island. Alyssa is one of 20 students in the Counseling Psychology program that will be being in June 2015 and last for 18 months. Boudreau favorite moment at Merrimack is going out for Zeta Tau Alpha. “I would not be who I am today with this organization, I’ve found a group of girls who are the most loving and selfless people” Boudreau says.

Kevin Hood who was part of the Orientation Class of 2016 will be graduating in three years instead of four years. “My family recently relocated down in Georgia, after graduation I will be back down there with them where I will be starting my summer internship at Frazier & Deeter in Atlanta, Georgia and in the fall go to graduate school At Kennesaw University”, Hood says.

More than 500 undergraduates and more than 150 graduates will be walking across stage on commencement and with graduation approaching quickly it is a bittersweet feeling for seniors. Remember one thing seniors, Merrimack College will be your home away from home. Congratulations and Good Luck!

  • May 17th, 2015 at 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • Lawler Rink
  • Undergraduate Commencement Exercise
  • Reception; Sakowich Campus Center

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