Senior Spotlight: Emily Bernard

Midland Park, Nj. native Emily Bernard

As Commencement grows nearer and nearer, soon-to-be graduates are looking back at their years as Royals at The University of Scranton.

Emily Bernard is a history major minoring in English and theatre.

“It’s been a fun year with a lot of work, [but] I am lucky to have shared laughs and stories with friends and professors,” Bernard said.

If given the chance, Bernard would go back in time and tell her first-year self not to stress and that the work will all get done.

Bernard said this piece of advice is especially relevant considering how big of a year it has been for her composition.

“I received the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities Fellowship which has enabled me to write my first full-length play,” Bernard said, “A short screenplay I wrote will also be published in the Spring 2021 Esprit Literary Magazine.” Continue reading

Senior Spotlight: Ashley Fischetti

With graduation only a few short weeks away, many Scranton seniors are reflecting on their four years at Scranton.

Dunmore, Pa. native Ashley Fischetti.

Ashley Fischetti is an occupational therapy major at the University.

Her senior year has been filled with lots of friends and, recently, lounging in the sun on campus.

“I’ve made so many memories with different people across different places on campus,” Fischetti said.

Out of all the places on campus, her favorite spot to relax?

“I love hammocking behind Alumni Memorial Hall.”

Fischetti hammocking with her friends behind Alumni Memorial Hall. First picture from left: Emily Kmak, Lindsay Abbott and Ashley Fischetti. Second picture from left: Clare Long, Sam McElroy, Fiona Dunn and Ashley Fischetti.

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Senior Spotlight: Keny Melgar

For a quarter of the students at Scranton, the next few weeks will be their last as undergraduates.

As their time at Scranton slowly comes to an end, many of these students have begun to look back over their years and forward to what the next several weeks will hold.

Keny Melgar is a computer science major with a concentration in data science.

After graduation, Melgar hopes to further his career with his current internship at Production Systems Automation Inc. and said he wants to further his education as well.

Simpson, Pa. native Keny Melgar.

“I plan on getting my master’s degree in software engineering here at Scranton,” Melgar said.

He looks forward to graduate school but said he is going to miss those who won’t be here in the fall.

“Everyone that I have met here on campus has impacted me in some way, and I will miss those who are leaving,” Melgar said.

He said he also developed great relationships with his professors that allowed him to learn and grow these past four years.

“Everyone wants the best for you and sometimes that means pushing you to be better, [which] can be hard to accept sometimes,” Melgar said. “Reflecting on those moments really opens my eyes to how much I’ve grown.”

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Senior Spotlight: Annie McSherry

With commencement approaching, the reality is beginning to set in for some seniors. Their time as undergraduate students is coming to an end.

Annie McSherry is a nursing major gearing up for the professional sector post-graduation. She said she hopes to return to her home state of New York.

Camel, New York native Annie McSherry.

“After graduation, I would love to work in New York as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit,” McSherry said.

Though eager to start her nursing career, McSherry said she is going to miss Scranton.

“I’m really going to miss living with my best friends,” McSherry said. “I can’t imagine what I would have done without them the past four years, and it’s so sad to think about us all living in different states in a few months.”

Outside of the close-ties McSherry shares with her housemates, she is also a member of the cheerleading team and the Student Nursing Association. She said her favorite Scranton memory came from the cheer team’s finals appearance in the 2020 United Cheerleading Association’s College Nationals in Disney World.

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Senior Spotlight: Stephen Chimenti

With commencement approaching, the reality is beginning to set in for some seniors. Their time as undergraduate students is coming to an end.

Stephen Chimenti is an exercise science major, and though his academic career is set to continue — he will go on to get his doctorate in physical therapy  — he said he is going to miss the sense of community at Scranton.

Park Ridge, New Jersey native Stephen Chimenti.

“There are so many things about [Scranton] that I will miss, but if I had to narrow it down … it would be the community,” Chimenti said. “Meeting my friends and seeing people on my walks to class are things I have appreciated from the [first] day I stepped foot on campus.”

Chimenti met many of his friends during his first year as a Royal and was thankful to keep those connections during his four years.

“My lifelong favorite memories from Scranton come from the first semester of my first year,” Chimenti said. “Every day was a new experience, and I met more people than I ever have before.”

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Seniors Prepare for Their Final Semester

For about a quarter of University of Scranton undergrads, next spring is the last semester they will spend at this school. Seniors are expecting new emotions, opportunities and growth.

Jonna LoPresti ’21 is a strategic communications and social media strategies double major with a concentration in public relations. LoPresti said she is curious to see how her last semester at Scranton will go.

Jonna LoPresti, ’21.

“[The pandemic] has changed so many aspects of college life, and the future is so uncertain,” LoPresti said.

Even through all of the uncertainty, LoPresti said she is still looking forward to the time she has left.

“I [want to] soak up every moment because I know this is a time that I will never get back,” LoPresti said.

LoPresti’s spring semester has a lighter course load than her past semesters. She is also interning with the University’s provost, Dr. Gingerich. LoPresti said she is excited to see how she applies her education to her internship.

“It will be exciting to see the progress that I have made in my studies the past three-and-a-half years and [how] I apply it,” LoPresti said.

LoPresti said she is going to miss many aspects of Scranton after graduation.

“I am truly going to miss the people at Scranton,” LoPresti said, “I see people on campus at random and end up having amazing conversations with them, and the workers in Mulberry POD always have a smile on their face and take the time to talk to me while I wait for my [food]. Those kinds of moments always make my day.”

She said she values the knowledge she’s gained from her professors.

“I am grateful for the education, along with the pieces of life advice, that I have received from my professors in the Communication and Media Department,” she said.

LoPresti will start applying to jobs next semester, and she said she is excited to enter the real world.

“I love college, but I cannot wait to truly be an adult and experience the work environment. I know that I’m ready to grow up,” she said.

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