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Merrimack’s Orientation team rocks. Plain and simple. Their mission is to make sure you have a great time. Get to know the four leaders of this crazy group!

 

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Mike Ryan ’15
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Major: Business
On-campus housing: St. Ann’s Apartments

What are you involved in on campus?
On campus I am involved in: Orientation, Merrimack Programming Board, First Year Experience.
 
What is your favorite Merrimack memory?
I would definitely say being an Orientation Leader this past year. I had so much fun and got to meet so many new people. Helping the first year students with their transition into College was a really rewarding experience!
 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I hope to be working in either Marketing or Higher Education, hopefully with a family of my own.

Favorite band, TV show, and movie:
Third Eye Blind, South Park, Billy Madison

Favorite place on campus and why?
Definitely the third floor of the Sakowich Campus Center. You’ll find all of the offices of Student Involvement there, so I think it’s the best place to really feel the sense of community at Merrimack.
 
Favorite food in the café:
Barbeque Chicken Pizza!

One piece of advice for incoming students:
Get involved! Join any club or organization on campus, it makes you feel right at home at Merrimack, and you’ll make so many new friends. There’s something for everybody here, so don’t be afraid to try new things! 

 

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Dana Tuccelli ’15
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
Major: Human Development
On-campus housing: O’Brien Hall

What are you involved in on campus?
On campus I am involved in Orientation and I am an Intramurals supervisor. I have also participated in the Pellegrinaggio in Italia trip and took part in the M.O.R.E retreat.

What is your favorite Merrimack memory?
My favorite Merrimack memory would definitely be becoming part of the Orientation staff for the first time my sophomore year as a leader. It was an amazing experience where I met so many great people, and it was a great way for me to step out of my comfort zone that helped me learn a lot more about myself.
 
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I hope to be married and working as either a guidance counselor and/or somehow involved in higher education.

Favorite band, TV show, and movie:
The Goo Goo Dolls, One Tree Hill, Bridesmaids

Favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus would be the Sakowich Campus Center. The building has everything you need all in one location; all the offices for student involvement, Sparky’s place, the fitness center, etc.
 
Favorite food in the café:
Breakfast

One piece of advice for incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to step out and get involved. You are only here for four years so you want to make the most of your time here! Have an open mind about everything here at Merrimack because you are bound to learn something new about yourself. Try to step out of your comfort zone and eventually you will find something you are truly passionate about. 

 

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Amanda Ryan ’15
Hometown: Salem, NH
Major: Economics & Spanish 
On-campus housing: New Res!

What are you involved in on campus?
Orientation, Relay for Life Committee, Campus Ministry, M.O.R.E, I have been a student-leader for several service trips, took part in the Pelligrinaggio trip to Italy, and studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain.

What is your favorite Merrimack memory?
My first service trip to Camden, NJ! It was a great way for me to branch out as a first-year student, meet students from every class level, and enjoy an eye-opening experience. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself working any job that allows me to travel!

Favorite band, TV show, and movie:
The Dixie Chicks, Modern Family, She’s the Man

Favorite place on campus and why?
The fireplace in the Sak!

Favorite food in the café:
Breakfast!

One piece of advice for incoming students:
The greatest piece of advice I can give to an incoming Merrimack student is to push yourself out of your comfort zone and experience all that Merrimack has to offer. There truly is something for everyone at Merrimack and every student needs to go out and find his or her niche!

 

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Laura Dupre ’15
Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
Major:English and Secondary Education, Women Studies minor
On Campus Housing: O’Brien Hall

What are you involved in on campus?
On campus I’m an FYE mentor, I work in the Writing Center, I’m in the Honors Program, and I’m the Vice President/Public Relations Coordinator of Merrimack Programming Board. 

What is your favorite Merrimack memory?
My favorite Merrimack Memory was my own orientation. The first day of Fall Orientation my freshman year I met my best friend, who has been my roommate ever since. It was such an easy environment to meet people with similar interests to mine. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself living in a small town with a couple of golden retrievers, writing for The Onion.

Favorite band, TV show, and movie:
Coldplay, Parks and Recreation, Baby Mama

Favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is the third floor of the McQuade Library. It is a super quiet place to get homework done, and it’s also where the writing center is!

Favorite food in the café:
I love when sparky’s has chicken nuggets! or chicken patties. and I love the waffle maker. 

One piece of advice for incoming students:
My advice to incoming students: Take advantage of the opportunities here. Join clubs, go on trips, go to on campus events, get free stuff. It’s all here to make your experience better, so use it! 

 

 

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