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Jamie Siracusa '17
Jamie Siracusa ’17 grew up in an entrepreneurial household, where she watched her father build and grow his own business. From a young age, she knew she wanted to create something, but was not entirely certain what that something would be until recently. Now in her junior year at Emmanuel College, she reflects on how her coursework in business management and religious studies, the influence of her professors and the breadth of opportunities at Emmanuel—both on-campus and abroad—have helped evolve her idea into a reality.
During her time at the College, Jamie notes she has been “privileged” to learn from many outstanding faculty members, but that one professor in particular, Associate Professor of Theology + Religious Studies Laurie Johnston, has made a lasting impression on her student experience.
“Professor Johnston has such a warm and nurturing manner,” Jamie said. “She finds the perfect balance between respecting the opinions of her students while also expressing her own. She has an amazing way of making you learn and grow as a person, which extends well beyond her classroom.”
For Jamie, this extended classroom has spanned the globe. The faculty-led travel courses offered by Emmanuel allowed her to explore the world and expand her point of view during her freshman and sophomore years.
“I’ve traveled to Italy and Belgium to learn more about the mission of the College and St. Julie Billiart [the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Emmanuel’s founding order], and have served the homeless alongside my peers in Rome,” she said. “In South Africa, I had the opportunity to work with children living with HIV and AIDS, creating a library for them to learn, planting a garden for them to eat, and offering my love and affection. Thanks to Emmanuel, social justice has been central to my development and has formed me into the person I am today.”
Jamie’s personal, spiritual and academic growth at Emmanuel have enabled the management major to align her individual mission to help others discover the purpose and love in their own lives with a distinct business concept. When she realized that a handbag is something people carry around every day but that holds little significance, and also that people find meaning in the world around them through inspirational quotes, her company—aptly named Quote—was born. A faith-driven company, Quote delivers simple, yet elegant handbags that can be customized through a selection of biblical and inspirational quotes or a quote of an individual’s choosing. For every handbag sold, a bag is donated to a woman in need, with the goal of inspiring her from within for a better tomorrow.
“My three years at Emmanuel have been truly transformative,” Jamie said. “My classes, interactions with professors and perspective gained from global experiences have helped guide me to my passion and allowed me to merge my personal and professional goals. Emmanuel teaches compassion to their students so that as we go out into the world to follow our dreams, we remember to help those in need along the way.”
On behalf of every student at Emmanuel...
Our students are accomplishing extraordinary things every day, achieving academic and professional success while continuing to interpret Emmanuel’s mission in new ways. To support students like Jamie, make a gift to the Emmanuel Fund today. »
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