“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
St. Catherine of Siena’s quote is a perfect expression of The Mount’s mission: to help each of our students discover her individual gifts and talents, with the expectation that she will use them to make this world a better place. Like a fire, the good these young women do spreads and intensifies. Here are a few examples of alumnae setting the world on fire:
Madelyn is in her first year at med school, but she already has an enviable resume that includes many different ways of making life better for others. She has been involved in a number of medical research studies and given of herself for others in so many other ways. Last year, she joined AmeriCorps and worked in Newark on NJ LEEP, a program that uses a law based curriculum to help low income students prepare themselves for college level writing and the high workload that comes with being an undergraduate. Even while engaged in the demanding pursuit of her medical degree, Madelyn is the program coordinator for a volunteer group that provides free medical testing for an urban population in need. Over the summer she will be doing clinical research into the impact of molecular profiling (genetic testing) in melanomas. Like many Mount alums, she is driven to help others.
Emilie, a recent alum, is a teacher in the inner city who didn’t view her job as only being in the classroom. When she saw one of her students, a homeless boy headed down a tragic path, she reached out and fought to get him the assistance he needed to build a new life for himself, one with promise and hope. He will be attending college soon on a full scholarship.
Christine helped to found and then, for over 20 years, lead her state’s Breast Cancer Coalition — all while teaching high school English, serving on various boards and commissions, and raising three children who, like their mother, believe in giving back.