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Children and Youth Ministries and Music Ministry, Psychology minor

Director of Youth Ministries and Student Pastor at Lakeside United Methodist Church

DuBois, Pa.

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  • Bakerstown Presbyterian Church intern
  • Bakerstown United Methodist Church intern
  • Waynesburg University, Bachelor of Arts, 2012
  • Currently attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to obtain Master’s in Divinity degree

"My academic classes, the extracurricular activities that I was involved in and the Christian morals that Waynesburg University is built on helped my knowledge, but it wasn't just them. It was the community and the atmosphere of Waynesburg that was of great blessing. It was building community and friendships with my other classmates and professors that got me to where I am today and put a passion in my heart for what I am doing now.”

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Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy)

Pittsburgh, Pa.

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  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2010
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University, 2013

“At some points in my graduate career, my knowledge was beyond what we were learning in the classroom because of my solid foundation in athletic training.  All of my didactic course work in athletic training from Waynesburg University prepared me so well.”

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Forensic Science

Physician Assistant (PA-C) at Monongalia General Hospital

Morgantown, W.V.

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  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2011
  • Physician Assistant Program, Marietta College, 2013

“You can never be 100 percent prepared for grad school because it is a whole different ball game, but I felt prepared to take on the challenge because the professors at Waynesburg challenged me to learn all that I could and never stop asking questions. This was invaluable, especially on rotations where the learning curve increased significantly.”

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Environmental Science

Environmental Consultant for Boord Benchek & Associates

Canonsburg, Pa.

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  • Internship with Boord Benchek & Associates
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2013

“Classes with Dr. Paladino exposed me to a greater understanding of the importance of stewardship and how people’s actions affect the environment.”

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Just as March quickly faded into April like the swatches on a color wheel, graduation has become less of a dream and more of a reality. Going to Waynesburg and earning my undergraduate degree has been my life for the last four years—a life I have looked forward to and a life that has shown me I can handle more than I thought. Change is on the horizon and the more I think about it, the more nervous I become.

“What’s next?” people ask.

“I’m not sure,” I respond in honesty. 

It’s no secret to those who know me that I am not someone who embraces change easily. I have the same morning routine no matter the day of the week; I’ve gone to the same church my entire life and lived in the same town; I’ve always done what’s comfortable.

I hear my classmates talk about their plans to go on to graduate school and then get their doctorates. I’m proud of them. Their plans sound so crisp and attractive, but are those same plans for me? 

I’ve sat in my classes trying to absorb everything I can, grasping at each and every word as if they are the last remnants of some sort of ancient colony. I’ve collected those words, organized them and placed them inside a clear glass case in hopes that, one day, I can help future generations learn from and admire them as I did. Even as I go back through everything I have stored in my memory bank, my mind wildly races: am I really ready for this?

Of course you are, God answers. Have I not gotten you this far?

My faith is a constant reminder to me of what’s in store for my future, even when I have no idea where my life is going. There is no question I’m entering a time of change. My life is going to be flipped inside out, washed, pressed and hung to dry, but one thing will always remain the same: the love my Savior has for me.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.." Jeremiah 29: 11

This very verse has gotten me through my entire undergraduate career and is sure to get me through even more as I enter the new stages of my life. Even when the prospects of college, jobs, marriage, kids and a mortgage seemed like distant fairytales, God was preparing my heart for them, watching me transform into the person He wants me to be.

I know this journey is far from over, but with the things I have learned as a student at Waynesburg and in prayer, I also know I have the ability to harness my nerves so God can lead me to the place I’m meant to be.

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