School of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2009
Three years flew by; and, after I graduated, I realized how much I had
grown, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Being in
a small college helped me focus more on myself and helped me work
towards overcoming my shortcomings and building on my talents.
Shortly after graduation, Merin George SAS’09 went to Africa to work at the Drugfighters School at the slums of Kibera and now works at the Shield Institute with developmentally disabled New Yorkers.
“After graduation, I had a better understanding of my abilities and interests and I decided to put my abilities into practice,” she said. “I enrolled in a graduate level program for special education at Lehman College and signed up for a plunge trip to Africa at the community service office. I also started working at a preschool for students with disabilities, which truly was a grace from God.”
At the Shield Institute, Merin teaches students the skills to cope with their mild or severe learning disabilities. Her experience has been humbling and given her the motivation to continue her development as a teacher for their benefit.
“I hope that I am able to grow and learn many skills as a teacher and that I will be able to enhance the life of my students. None of this will be possible without the support of God and the resources He has provided for me, as He says in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Merin arrived at The College of New Rochelle as a sophomore, having moved with her parents from Pune, India, where they had lived for 20 years. She has previously attended an Ursuline school, and CNR seemed like a perfect fit.
“Three years flew by; and, after I graduated, I realized how much I had grown, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually,” she said. “Being in a small college helped me focus more on myself and helped me work towards overcoming my shortcomings and building on my talents. I did not feel the pressure to conform to a certain group or culture and I took the time and patience to explore, understand, and adapt to the culture of both CNR and New York City.”
In the future, Merin “hopes to start a community service office or campus ministry at a college where the students get an opportunity to explore and give back to their community or the world." She "hopes that someday colleges in international countries promote the idea of their students serving their own local communities without expecting material returns.”