Three Graduating or rising seniors share the unique advantages Ave provided

Three Graduating or rising seniors share the unique advantages Ave provided

Lucy Schlink, a Biochemistry and Physics double major graduating May 2017, credits much of her success in obtaining an internship at the prestigious Boston Children’s Hospital to AMU’s size and supportive faculty. “At large universities with thousands of students, undergrads like myself would just wash lab equipment while grad students did the real research. But here, undergrads have a rare chance to work closely with professors who truly care for their students and provide them with opportunities difficult to obtain in bigger schools.” Lucy’s research work at Ave with Dr. Tony Barbosa led to a recommendation which helped her land a summer internship working on neo-natal MRI segmentation in Dr. Patricia Ellen Grant’s lab.  After her second summer as an intern there, she was offered a paid position as Research Assistant for the coming year, where she will continue to work with neo-natal brain imaging. Her future plans are to go to medical school, obtain a Ph.D., and ultimately work as a surgeon or a radiation oncologist for children.

Madeleine Conley, an Accounting major also graduating in May, works three full days a week as a paid intern in a public accounting firm off-campus. “This internship is far more like the kind of job I might eventually have than a regular ‘coffee-run’ internship,” she says, citing her accounting professor as the original source of the opportunity. After graduation, Madeleine has a summer internship at the Burlington Sante Fe Corporation. In the fall, she will begin work on a Masters of Accounting degree at Texas Christian University, where she has received a teaching assistantship. She stresses the value of the education at AMU, where she has acquired a solid grasp of professional accounting as well as a rigorous formation in the liberal arts through the core curriculum. “With this preparation, AMU students gain the means and the precious opportunity to bring Christ’s light into the secular world of business and finance.”

Tanner Church will graduate in May 2018 with a double major in Theology and Nursing. One of AMU’s first nursing majors, Tanner was inspired by a love of AMU’s liberal-art core, the example of a faculty advisor, and the nursing program’s holistic understanding of healing to also pursue a Theology major before graduating. “Our new model in the nursing program is St. Teresa of Calcutta. Like Mother Teresa, the nursing program here emphasizes the patient’s humanity and the complex nature of healing.” In the intersection of nursing with theology, the reality of the human person as a being composed of intricately connected mind, body, and soul comes alive. Tanner hopes to demonstrate this in practical terms after graduation by working as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nursing Anesthetist) and later teaching both theology and nursing, with the possibility of spending some time doing missionary nursing.