- Class of 2019
- Major, Minor English, Peace & Justice Studies
Originally from Staten Island, N.Y., Amanda is the president of Loyola’s Peace and Justice Club, for which she leads weekly meetings, organizes campus-wide events, and manages social media and fundraising efforts. “Because of my liberal arts, debate-based education at Loyola, I am able to see the whole picture of a given issue from an unbiased perspective,” says Amanda, who is also in the Honors Program. Throughout her four years at Loyola, Amanda has engaged in multiple service-learning courses and initiatives, serving as a writing mentor to adult learners, offering English language acquisition instruction to non-English speakers, working as an after-school mentor for students at Govans Elementary School, and participating in art therapy sessions at My Sister’s Place Lodge. In 2017 she was the recipient of Loyola's Community Service Award for her dedication to service. A member of Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Sigma Nu, Amanda was named Community Developer of the Year as a resident assistant. Her favorite thing about Loyola is her teachers, many of whom she has grown to know personally beyond the classroom: “Loyola’s professors are educators in the most holistic sense of the word: professors here not only teach us how to think, but also how to be people for and with others.” In her future career, Amanda would like to advocate for justice and peace, possibly by working at a non-profit or by teaching at a juvenile detention center. Amanda is weighing her options for her path after graduation among several programs, including Success Academy Charter Schools and AmeriCorps VISTA, to teach in various locations across the country.
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Loyola has molded me into a civically-minded individual who will use her privilege and platform to amplify marginalized voices, shine light onto issues that society tends to overlook, and make decisions that impact my own life and others’ from an ethical point of view.