Paige Rain Palmisano

Paige Palmisano

Hometown:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
University:  Mount Mary University
Study focus: Dual major of Psychology and Public Relations with a New Media Writing minor

Why did you choose to attend Mount Mary University
I chose Mount Mary University because it had everything I was looking for in higher education. I appreciate the small class sizes and the welcoming environment that makes me feel that I can and I will accomplish anything I put my mind toward. I like that classes are taught by actual professors who take an interest in you. Mount Mary is also a sister college to my high school, Saint Joan Antida. A few of my teachers had graduated from Mount Mary, and once I got my acceptance letter, it was an easy choice to make. Mount Mary is here to help me grow with values, while also pushing me forward into the real world.

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
As a first-generation college student, aid was a major factor in my attendance. Without the scholarships and grants I received, I would not be attending Mount Mary. I am fortunate enough to benefit from the Wisconsin Grant along with Mount Mary scholarships and private scholarships.

What will a college degree mean to you?
Graduating is an important accomplishment itself, but I will also be proving a point. As a first-generation student I have encountered those who perceive a college degree as a waste of time. I have heard people say on several accounts that “it isn’t worth it,” because they believe you’re completely wasting your time and going into debt. A college degree will be my gateway to prove that I am capable of achieving my personal goals in life, despite any doubts or negativity.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
I have learned that you are not alone in college. At Mount Mary, I feel I am surrounded by family. During the first semester of my sophomore year, I lost my father to cancer. He was my biggest supporter for going to college; he even helped me realize my love for communications. I felt completely lost, but Mount Mary had and is still showing such love and support. I was panicked because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to continue my education. My mind wasn’t in the right place, but Mount Mary professors supported my choices and supported me. I am still in school because of the Mount Mary community.

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to pursue my master’s or Ph.D. in clinical or organizational psychology. I plan to stay in Wisconsin and work with nonprofit organizations to support the community with proper representation. I will also write for companies or magazines to provide current perspectives to those around us. Once I obtain my degree, I will be able to help those in a work setting with their personal problems and or work environment issues. I feel that with my two majors and minor I will be capable of making a positive impact in Wisconsin. I want to represent the change in Milwaukee.

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