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Not Just a Number: Brooke Labs '17

Posted by Hannah Moore on October 18, 2016 9:06 AM

Brooke Labs is a senior communication sciences and disorders major at Marywood. She chose her major because she enjoys being able to have one-on-one interaction in helping others. She decided to attend Marywood initially due to the university's excellent accelerated master’s program in CSD. She is involved in various activities, including the softball team, the Student Athletic-Advisory Committee, and the Speech and Hearing Club. In her rare free time, Brooke enjoys baking, being outside, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family.

During her time at Marywood, Brooke has had great achievements in both sports and academics. Brooke is on the softball team, a member of SAAC and the Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletic Honor Society. Brooke has been named a Region All-Star and also has been named to the dean’s list every semester since her freshman year. As a member of Marywood’s softball team, Brooke has had many opportunities to help her community. Some community service activities she has been a part of include Jog for Jude, which raises funds for sudden infant death syndrome research; taking the Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics; and making Thanksgiving baskets for those in need.

When asked about what Brooke likes about Marywood, she explained that she likes “that you’re not just a number.” She went on to say that here at Marywood, her professors and coaches can get to know her as a person, and are all rooting for her to succeed. She also mentioned that Marywood gives her the opportunity to pursue both her major and softball, which she may not have been able to do somewhere else. She said that her coach, Bob Fitzsimmons, always pushes her toward academic success, as he truly understands the value of education. She explained that if students are in constant communication with their professors and coaches, then succeeding in academics and athletics at Marywood is very possible.

When asked if she had any advice for incoming students, Brooke stressed the importance of getting involved. “Get involved as much as you can. That’s how you make the friends that will last through the years.” She explained that she wouldn’t have had the same experience at Marywood without having met people from clubs and sharing experiences with her teammates.

Brooke also added that students should “enjoy every second” of their college experiences. She explains that time flies by in college, and students might not realize this until they are seniors looking back at the time they had at Marywood.

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Posted by Hannah Moore '18

Hannah Moore is a junior writing major at Marywood University. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, writing for Marywood's student newspaper The Wood Word, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends.

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