Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Mairead Kilroy

See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

In today's economy, recent college graduates face fierce competition for jobs and positions in graduate and professional schools. Here are six members of Loyola's Class of 2017 who definitely stand out from the crowd.

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See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

Mairead Kilroy

Major: Sociology, minor in psychology
Post-graduation: Moving to Ireland for work

Talk a little about your post-graduation plans and what you’ll be doing.
I’m going to be moving to Ireland in August where I’ll be living and volunteering in a special needs home called L’Arche. L’Arche is similar to Misericordia and is a worldwide organization, there’s a home in Chicago and four in Ireland. I will be living and volunteering in the home in Cork, Ireland. After that, I’m hoping to go to graduate school to become a physician assistant and possibly work as an EMT.

What made you choose L’Arche?
I studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center for my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. I’ve always wanted to live in Ireland and when I was looking at options for doing that, my sister told me about L’Arche. I have experience working with people with disabilities through volunteering at Misericordia and being part of Loyola’s Best Buddies program, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something that I love while also living somewhere that I love. During my year abroad, I took an internship course and interned in a school for children with special needs. That opportunity opened my eyes and made me think about doing more of that type of work.

How have your experiences at Loyola shaped your decisions?
Loyola has opened different doors for me. Between studying at JFRC and being given the opportunity to take an EMT course, I was able to learn a lot from both of the experiences and narrow my future path.