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Sharing the stories of Saint Xavier University students, alumni, faculty/staff and friends.

IMPACT: Students' Perspectives 

Saint Xavier University students are an exceptional group of men and women who are passionate about what they do, concerned about our world and committed to making a difference for others. As the anniversary of IMPACT story’s first publication nears, Saint Xavier would like to share some insight into our students, the impact the University has had on them and the impact they want to have on those around them…in their own words.

Ivie is a junior Spanish and psychology pre-health major from Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood. She is involved on campus as an orientation leader, resident peer minister, women’s retreat peer minister, treasurer of Chi Alpha Bible study group, a Student Ambassador, and a Public Safety Student Desk Officer. She also volunteers at her home church in the nursery and with the youth group. Ivie wants to become a pediatrician and specialize in children with mental, developmental and physical disabilities. 

“As a third year student here at Saint Xavier, I have had the privilege of a wonderful college experience. While at Saint Xavier, I have had many opportunities to serve, grow and learn. I went on the international service trip to Belize and built a home for a family in need. 

Additionally, I have gone on a number of different retreats through Campus Ministry which have encouraged my spiritual growth and I hope to encourage that growth in others as this year’s peer minister for the women’s retreat. Most recently, I had the opportunity to learn about leadership in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by the Sisters of Mercy.”

Then there’s Michelle. A senior accounting and finance major from South Holland, Michelle is a member of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, the Career Services Advisory Board, the Vice President of Diversity for the Accounting Student Organization, and a student worker in the Office of Financial Aid. Michelle has plans to sit for the CPA exam and pursue a career in forensic accounting. 

“This University has believed in me in so many ways. I first started studying accounting here, given my first job, given my first internship and given countless memories shared with friends and professors who I will cherish for a lifetime. I have plans to pursue a career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. I did an internship there this summer and was given the opportunity to continue working there part-time during my senior year.

I will be the first college graduate on both sides of my family when I graduate from this amazing school that cares about all aspects of my life. Not only am I the first college graduate, but I am a role model for my siblings and other family members. I am turning my goals and dreams into a reality.”

And Jason, a graduate student in the school counseling program offered by the School of Education.  Jason works as a college and career advisor with Chicago Gear Up Alliance. A first-generation college student himself, Jason worked hard to earn a bachelor’s degree but never imagined pursing advanced studies.

“My mentor encouraged me to push the limits of my education. I chose Saint Xavier University because of the strength of the counseling program. During my time at Saint Xavier, I have had the opportunity to learn exponentially about the counseling field and responsibilities that come along with the title of counselor. The staff and professors have been extremely supportive and have contributed much to my learning. I am able to immediately utilize the skills and techniques I learned in the classroom in my current position helping adolescents shape their futures. 

Throughout my career, I hope to make a positive impact on the education field while bringing light to key issues that affect students in the inner city.”

Saint Xavier University is proud to offer these kinds of transformational opportunities for students like Ivie, Michelle and Jason. In the years ahead, we look forward to continuing to share stories from the University community that demonstrate our commitment to honoring the legacy first started by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846.  

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