Abby Pieger, Class of 2017 - Community Health & Wellness

When you get to college, you hear from your friends, family, and professors that the best thing to do is get involved. Getting an on-campus job, becoming an orientation leader and a resident assistant, having an internship, and even creating a new club at Curry, Abby Pieger heard that message loud and clear.

After high school, Abby knew she wanted to leave Connecticut and live the full college experience, but she didn't yet know that Curry was going to be the right school for her.

"On Accepted Student Day, I had a class with (Community Health & Wellness Professor) Kathy Morrison, and I completely fell in love with what she was teaching," says Abby. "I decided that day that Curry is where I was going."

In her first month at Curry, Abby tried a few clubs but just couldn't find the right fit, so she decided to create a new one. By the end of her first year, Abby started HIPS (Health, Image, Power, Success), a club that works to promote the health and well-being of the Curry community.

Abby doesn't think of being a resident assistant as a job, she looks at it more as being a family. From movie nights to impulse karaoke sessions, Abby helps to make living in a residence hall more like a home.

"My residents leave their doors open sometimes a little too late at night, and they just love the fact that their friends are all right next to each other. I know a bunch of them are planning on living together in the future."

Despite all of Abby's extracurricular activities, she still finds time to do her schoolwork, and even make the Dean's List. She also keeps a close connection with the professor who made her decide that Curry was the college for her.

"Professor Morrison cares about every student that is in her classroom. She absolutely sets you up for success. I've had a class with her almost every semester now, and I hope to continue that trend."


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