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Service Abroad Calling Her

June 11, 2018
By Deb Daley

She feels her true calling is rooted in the Mercy value of service. That is why, Meghan Petersen '14 will be serving with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in Georgetown, Guyana, South America.  She will be teaching life and job skills at an alternative adolescent school and working as a social work at an HIV/AIDS clinic.  

Meghan at first was not sure about attending Mercy.  It was something her mom wanted.  However, once she shadowed at the school, she had a gut feeling she belonged there. While at Mercy she was involved in Student Council, Varsity Soccer and Softball, Campus Ministry, MESS Club and Justice and Peace Club.

The welcoming atmosphere of Mercy has always struck with me and pushed me to find spaces where I feel I can grow and be who I am.  Also the core values of Faith, Knowledge and Service have continued to be the foundation of my life as a Woman of Mercy, she added.

She also acknowledges the profound impact her teachers had on her and how they helped to develop her passions.

Ms. Melissa Regele opened my eyes to not only my potential but the injustices in the world.  Through here class, I found a deep passion for fighting for social justice in the world and serving the least of these in order to promote a more inclusive and just future, she said.

Meghan attributes the confidence and faith instilled in her at Mercy giving her the courage to live abroad in service.

Following graduation from Mercy, she attended Hastings College to pursue a degree in Secondary Social Science Education and Religion.  However, she transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan to complete a degree in Social Work, which she believes is her true calling.

At Mercy, I was surrounded by women who helped me see myself in a new light. I learned young women have to take on leadership roles.  The school set the foundation for my aspirations (to be the first female President of the United States) by molding a young and timid freshmen into a powerful and empowering leader, she added.

This spiritually well-rounded Woman of Mercy will certainly make a difference as she puts her leadership talents to good use and finds God in the face of others.