Describe myself? Hmmm…Passionate. Big-hearted. A big bunch of smiles and laughter.I’m like the color yellow—bright and beautiful. It makes you smile. I like to smile, and I like to make everyone else smile. Like the color, my life is bright and exciting.
Since I’ve come to Robert Morris University, I’m not scared to do anything anymore. I’m more outgoing. I’ve also discovered my passions—helping others and being an advocate for at-risk youth. I really feel like I’ve found my niche in the world.
Helping others. It’s just what I like to do. I’ve done so many service projects, but I do these things because I enjoy them. Sure, I’d like to think I changed lives in some way. I really hope I have. I’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Worked at soup kitchens. Slept out for the homeless to raise awareness. I’m the president of American Humanics, and I was the event director for Special Olympics last year. I love it. Each time, I learn something new about other people and myself.
The Bradley kids—mentally, physically, and emotionally abused children—I think I might have helped change their lives. Through the Pajama Program, a non-profit organization I initiated, we collected nearly 100 pajamas and 200 books. We gave them to the kids on Christmas Eve, so they could wear their new pajamas on Christmas morning. It was awesome. The Bradley kids, the look on their faces, they were just so excited and so happy to have a pair of cozy pajamas and a book to read.
I couldn’t tell you what my dream career is. I have so many more things to experience before I figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I do know that I want to combine my business background with my passion for kids. Eventually, I think I’d like to open a non-profit.
When I think back to the person I used to be, I realize how I’ve enhanced myself at RMU. Before this place, I didn’t know what I was capable of.
Amanda enjoyed her time at Robert Morris so much…she decided to stick around for a while. In addition to pursuing her master's degree in Organizational Leadership, she's also working as a major gift officer for the university's Department of Institutional Advancement.
"I have the pleasure of talking with alumni and reconnecting them with RMU," she says. "I love what I am doing at the university, and I'm thrilled to be meeting with such great alums and helping to advance RMU's cause."