Emily Murphy Hazen '15

Supporting Community

The first time I drove down The Avenue it was a crisp fall day and the leaves had just reached the peak of their autumn colors. In that moment, I felt at home and knew that Saint Mary’s was going to be the right choice for me.

I am thrilled to now be a part of the inaugural master’s cohort at Saint Mary’s because I know from experience, the type of support and encouragement that the college provides to its students. I’m confident that our professors and staff will prepare us to be compassionate professionals so that we may go out into the community and fulfill the need for quality care.

Throughout my journey at Saint Mary’s, I have explored many different paths and am grateful for the opportunities that presented themselves to me. My participation in our Women’s Choir has given me the chance to travel the country and most recently to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York. However some of my fondest memories in choir have been singing for Lessons and Carols around Christmastime. It’s held at Our Lady of Loretto Church and at the end of the evening, the entire congregation joins in with the choir to sing Silent Night while we pass the light of Christ to one another. This yearly event is a much needed reminder of all that we have to be thankful for and spreads a sense of peace across campus. While standing in a circle, illumined by the light of all of our candles I am reminded of the importance of faith and God’s love found in community.

My time at Saint Mary’s has been shaped by the experiences that I’ve been able to weave together to create my own story and  I know that Saint Mary’s can do the same for the other young women who have the privilege to call this place home. I’m so thankful for all that I gained as a student, and I want the same for others. That’s why I give back.