A humanitarian who is passionate about actively serving others around the world, Allyson Kuppelmeyer ’20, a speech pathology major from Farmingdale, N.Y. (Kellenberg Memorial High School), has just returned from leading an immersion trip to Ireland through Iona's Office of Mission & Ministry. With the drive to pursue a profession that helps others, she enriches that commitment through her engagement in a variety of service-oriented clubs and organizations at Iona.
Allyson has grown a tremendous amount through her hard work and campus involvement through numerous immersion trips including Ireland her freshman year, Mississippi her sophomore year, and now as a junior, she returned to Ireland as a student-leader. She holds the philanthropy chair position for her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma; is a Gael Guide for Iona’s Admissions department; is vice president of Colleges Against Cancer; and sits on the executive board of the Iona College Dance team.
As a leader on her second trip to Ireland, Allyson has been fully engaged and committed to the cause of social justice – this time, she had the opportunity to lead others through service and mission in the footsteps of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. She and her team served the imprisoned and homeless as they visited several sites around Dublin, Belfast and Northern Ireland. Invaluable to their experience, students saw first-hand how all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their personal struggles.
In reflecting on her involvement in these immersion trips Allyson explains, “The biggest takeaway from my three trips so far is that all different kinds of service can be done anywhere in the world. I always like to say that our work does not end when the trips do. There are so many opportunities for service, for immersion, for reflection.”
Allyson was attracted to Iona College’s “tight-knit community” as a junior in high school when she recognized the strong emphasis the College has on community, faith, and service through different organizations and primarily through the Office of Mission & Ministry.
As for advising prospective students, Allyson says to “Trust your gut. Go where you feel comfortable, and where you know you can continue to pursue what you're passionate about. Once you find your home, get involved and meet as many people as possible! Don't take a second of your four years for granted – they go by quicker than you think.”