Meet Graduate Student Ambassador Marisa D'Errico
"I think being a grad student at Villanova means thoroughly enjoying what you do and also helping others and being a part of a tight knit community."
Describe your interest in your academic program and what you hope to gain from it.
My interest stems from a love of learning chiefly, but also a desire to be a mentor, namely a professor, that others have been for me.
What is your favorite course you’ve taken so far? If you are in your first year, what course are you most looking forward to in your program? Why?
I would say that my favorite course so far has been either Rousseau and Radical Modernity with Dr. Peter Busch or Colonialism, Institutions, and Development with Dr. Olukunle Owolabi.
What are a few things you would like to share with prospective students regarding the Villanova student experience?
One of the best things about the Villanova experience are the truly compassionate professors who you connect with each and every day. If you have a question, concern, or need guidance on project, ask them. They are always willing to help.
How do you maintain a good school/life balance?
Make a schedule, stick to it, and turn your laptop off by 9 p.m. if you can help it. Also, talk to your fellow classmates. I guarantee they are in the same position as you. They may feel stressed, confused or deflated. But in a community, we help each other succeed.
If you’re living around Villanova, what are one to two “must do” experiences you would suggest to students new to Villanova and the surrounding area including Philadelphia?
Go to the Mutter Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or pretty much any museum in Philly museums are awesome.
Describe what it means to be a graduate student at Villanova. In other words, why Villanova?
I think being a grad student at Villanova means thoroughly enjoying what you do but also helping others and being a part of a tight knit community.