Student Success Story: Sabina Shakya
Sabina Shakya, a senior studying Health Science and Environmental Studies and Sustainability can be seen all over Merrimack’s campus as both a Senior Resident Advisor and a peer tutor for the Writing Center. Her most recent accomplishment is being featured in Merrimack’s Student Success Story campaign.
Shakya has taken a particular interest and has brought a special fervor to the experiential learning portion of her studies claiming, “I have been able to volunteer in organizations off campus and have been part of several projects on campus…Most of the projects that I took part in were in some way related to what I was studying. This helped me put what I was learning into perspective (in terms of a career)”.
She has also prioritized and organized her career planning with the help of the O’Brien Center for Student Success. “I have been going to the O’Brien Center for Student Success since my freshman year all the way through my final year here at Merrimack. I have received help writing and polishing my resume, looking for internship, job and volunteer opportunities, as well as discussing plans after graduation,” Shakya describes. She also expands upon the importance of attending career events including Career Fairs and Panel Events offered through the O’Brien Center for Student Success.
Upon graduation, Shakya has plans to obtain a career in Global Health. She sees herself combining her zeal for travel with her work that entails moving around the globe for an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) on health-based projects. Reflecting on her time at Merrimack, she advises her fellow students “Get as involved as you can. Merrimack College offers a lot of exciting opportunities, but you have to take the initiative to get what you want. Be proactive and start early”.
So what are you waiting for? Be proactive in your career exploration. Visit the O’Brien Center’s website for up-to-date career events, www.merrimack.edu/obriencenter. And don’t forget to stop by the Merrimack Career Fair on March 6 from 2-5PM in the MPR to network with recruiters and explore the various internship, co-op and job opportunities! In taking advantage of such opportunities, The O’Brien Center for Student Success can help support your personal success story!