Haley CheethamInternational Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6234 ext 2486
About me: I'm originally from the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. I graduated with a degree in Sociology from Susquehanna University in 2015, and had the opportunity to study in Sorrento, Italy for a semester. Since then, I've taught English in both Incheon, South Korea and back in Sorrento, Italy. I have also worked as the International Student Program Coordinator at SUNY Cortland. I am passionate about the opportunities that higher education can provide, and I continuously support international initiatives by Marywood University.
My interests: I love to travel. I always say the best stories can be found between the pages of my passport. Whether it's a trip on my own, with friends, for business, or for pleasure, my favorite thing to do is immerse myself in the culture of a new place. I attempt (not always successfully) to learn the native language, get to know a local, eat an authentic dish at a non-touristy location, and discover the area by walking around.
My favorite thing about Marywood: The people here are so friendly, and the campus is beautiful. I love when I go for a walk around campus and people hold the door open, and say hello as they pass. The environment is welcoming and safe.
My favorite place at Marywood: I know everyone says this, but the Rotunda is definitely my favorite place. The dome reminds me of the ceilings throughout Italy, and it gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it. I feel so lucky that I get to walk through it every day to get to the Admissions Office.
You'd never guess: I'm a big Harry Potter fan! I've re-read the series multiple times, and cried when I saw Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios for the first time. I toured the Warner Bros. Studio where they filmed the movies, and I was freaking out the entire time.
Best advice: Get involved! Whether you join a club sponsored by the university or attend events in the community, being a part of a group can make a new place feel like home. I think it's equally important to surround yourself with those who share your interests, and also to try new things with people who are different than you. When you step outside of your comfort zone, you can learn more about yourself and others.