My name is Ryan Flanigan and I am a member of the graduating class of 2012. I am receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Originally from Rochester, NY, I have lived all four years on Merrimack’s campus in North Andover. The small school atmosphere is one of the many characteristics that helped me to make my college decision. I believed that the size of this school would benefit me the most throughout my four years, as well as help me to prepare for life beyond college. Building a relationship with students as well as professors is important, and there are many opportunities to do so here at Merrimack. The professors here are not only great teachers, but many also obtain a great amount of experience. This allows them to share real experiences with students and use these stories as valuable classroom lessons. This Augustinian institution has a wide variety of opportunities that each student is able to benefit from.
My decision to enter the Girard School of Business at Merrimack was simple. Because the class sizes are small, professors are able to give students the attention that he/she needs, as well as the tools to help students succeed. It is evident that there are many professors with unique teaching styles, and they are each very knowledgeable in their field of study. Group work is a common theme among the classes in the business school. Working in a team to produce great results emulates a real business setting. Professors also utilize their own personal experiences and incorporate them into the classroom for students to learn from. This gives students the opportunity to handle topics and issues that they may come across in the years after college.
There are numerous activities to get involved in at Merrimack College outside of the classroom. I am a member of the hockey team here and have learned valuable lessons on and off the ice. I am also a member of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) which gives insight to the athletic experience on campus. In my past three years I have seen a positive transformation on campus when it comes to athletic support and volunteering leadership. Students and faculty are involved continuously with games and clubs here at school and around the community. With many opportunities to get involved at Merrimack I would have not traded my experience for anything. I have met some of the best people, both students and professors, here at Merrimack College, and I will continue to keep in touch with them for many years to come.