For Jessalyn Marconi ’14, a mathematics and economics major, the community at Iona College was one of the aspects she loved most during her time as a student. Iona’s small and intimate campus allowed her to really feel as though she knew everyone at the school. In addition, she appreciated the many opportunities to get involved on campus – and for her it was through community service.
Jessalyn’s service experience came through Campus Ministry where she was actively involved as a Student Campus Minister. Students in this role serve as liaisons between the student body and the Office of Mission and Ministry and assist with programming for students, coordinating local service projects, and connecting students to resources at Iona. This service introduced Jessalyn to Jeanne McDermott in the Office of Mission and Ministry, who inspired her to serve and lead – and to give back in the best way she can.
One of Jessalyn’s main service contributions at Iona was managing the Success Center, an afterschool homework help program for children in first through eighth grade. Then, during her sophomore year, Jessalyn traveled to Zambia on a mission trip where she tutored students from one of St. Edmund’s schools for boys.
“Coming to Iona and serving as a tutor in the Rudin Center, tutoring students in Zambia, tutoring at the Success Center – all those experiences, as well as my classes, have inspired me to teach.”
Jessalyn acknowledges that during her first year at Iona, she was a lost freshman, but she leaves Iona as a confident senior and poised to continue moving the world through service. “You don’t stop serving once you leave Iona. Iona is always with you.”