No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Senior Caitlin Albany knows what it means to make a fresh start. The communication studies major attended Holy Cross College for two years before coming to Saint Mary’s. “The transition was not bad at all,” says Albany. “Living on campus is the best choice for a transfer student. By living in Le Mans this past year, I made new friends and had easy access to buildings.”

Albany is throwing herself into the Saint Mary’s life, and this year she is a Resident Assistant (RA) for Opus Hall, the senior apartments on campus. Albany recognizes that apartment living can be different from dorm living, where students see each other in the halls, on the way to the shower, or at the dining hall. “That is where Ashley [Recupito, fellow Opus RA] and I come along; our goal is to bring Opus together as a community,” says Albany of the events and updates they are planning to help the 74 residents feel a part of campus.

As a transfer, Albany is the first in her family to attend Saint Mary’s and she says the wide variety of majors and classes she could choose from was the biggest reason she chose the College. “Every class that I have taken thus far at Saint Mary’s has been amazing,” says Albany. A love of language led her to take Spanish. “Professor Heather Jones challenged our class to the max, while teaching the language and culture in a fun way.”

In addition to being an RA, Albany looks forward to being involved with the Senior Class Board of 2009, and the Italian Club. She hasn’t nailed down her future career yet but she recognizes the foundation that Saint Mary’s has given her to make that decision; she has taken advantage of the career center and contacted Saint Mary’s alumnae for networking purposes. “Many schools that I have visited cannot compare to the things Saint Mary’s offers. Everything from Student Government activities to the writing center, Saint Mary’s is first class.”