What was your favorite aspect of CHC?
My favorite aspect of CHC is the faculty (and administration). The faculty and staff truly care about the student body. I always felt closely connected with my professors and learned about them as people. I strive to do the same in my classroom. I am still in contact with individuals who worked at the security desk (Miss Shirley), the library (Marian), and the dining services (Miss Lillian), in addition to others. CHC is a community in the truest sense of the word. I cannot pass Sister Cecelia, the Dean of Students, in the hallway without her grabbing me and giving me a hug. I have never encountered a more caring group of personnel who are as deeply invested in the success of its students as I have at CHC. For me personally, Lorraine Coons has played a significant role in my development as a young (and now more mature) woman, student, scholar, and human being. She was not only one of the finest professors I have ever had, but she also inspired and encouraged me to continue my education, first with a Master’s degree at NYU and later with pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Delaware. My mother passed away when I was entering my junior year at CHC and I have never had much familial support. Through the years, Lorraine has become a dear friend, mentor, and supervisor.
Were you involved in any clubs or activities while at CHC? If so, name them. Did you have any internships? If so name and describe them if you can.
I interned as an archival assistant at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, now under the umbrella of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. This internship was a very rewarding experience in that I obtained indispensible skills in organizing immigration materials and records and worked on creating an exhibition of these artifacts.
What is your current job?
I am currently a full-time Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History at the University of Delaware. I am also an adjunct Instructor at Chestnut Hill College.
Do you feel your time at CHC helped prepare you for the real world and for your current job?
I have held different jobs, from small, family-owned publishing firms to international publishing firms, and have taught at various levels, ranging from middle school to college level. In this regard, my education at CHC led to personal and professional growth. I attribute this to the holistic, liberal arts education that CHC embodies. When I was in college, I don’t believe that I fully appreciated the holistic education that was being afforded to me. After attending graduate school and working in the “real world,” I began to realize the value of learning from so many different fields, and the ways in which that they intersect. Through the years, I have found that it is important to be a good individual, instilled with good values and a moral compass, and to be aware of local and world events. To me, this means taking an honest interest in the world around us. It may sound trite, but a “degree” is worth more than classes and grades one earns; rather, it is based on what the student puts into it and thus gets out of it in return. In my case, I firmly believe that my education at CHC prepared me for both the real world and for my current job as an educator.