The Growth of a Lifetime in a Year of Service
MARYKATE McSHANE ’14
BY BRENDA LANGE
nspired by her passion for serving the immigrant population, Marykate McShane ’14 volunteered with the Border Servant Corps after graduation. Her commitment to service work took her halfway across the country for a year, where she learned much about the US/Mexico border and its inhabitants — and herself. “My year was challenging and a source of both personal and professional growth,” says McShane. “The close proximity to Juarez, Mexico, was surreal … being part of a broken system was frustrating, however, being part of the process and witnessing people obtaining necessary documentation to see their families was the most meaningful part of the job.” McShane double majored in human services and Spanish and minored in sociology, earning a 4.0 GPA and playing on the women’s soccer team for four years. She also took part in La Voz (Spanish Club) and Unified for Uganda (CHC’s branch of the national organization that sponsors primary and secondary school
Marykate McShane ’14 at the border of El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, during her year of service. The border fence separating the two countries.
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Published on May 24, 2016