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In the spotlight: Motivated people inspiring one another

Mulner GontrantWhen Mulner Gontrant came to Georgian Court, he thought he was going to pursue nursing---a career that would definitely pay off and at the same time, make his mother happy. But as soon as he discovered criminal justice, things changed.

Name: Mulner Gontrant, 19
Class of: 2014
Hometown: Neptune, NJ
Major: Criminal Justice
Involved in: French Club, Student Support Services

What's the big deal about Georgian Court?
Georgian Court makes you want to learn. The faculty and staff here inspire you to do more than you thought you were capable of doing. If you have problems with anything---anything at all---there's always someone willing to help.

Why'd you choose criminal justice as your major?
I love learning about ways to help other people. The faculty here is amazing.

Is Georgian Court a good fit for students with busy schedules?
I would have to say 'yes.' In addition to going to school and participating in the French Club (we're just getting started), I also work at a small retail/restaurant complex, where I've been employed for five years. I go to school four days a week and work three days; it's a difficult balance, but I'm able to do it because of all of the support from my professors. Even if you're having a hard time, they keep pushing you to succeed.


Shealyn M. SullivanMeet Shealyn M. Sullivan, captain of the Lions Soccer Team and a two-time CACC champion, is also a head resident assistant on campus and a member of Women in Leadership Development (WILD). Shea was also the star in our NEW GCU VIDEO. She recently took time out of her busy, busy schedule to talk about life as a GCU student.

Name: Shealyn Sullivan ’12
Age: 21
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Major: History with minors in Business Administration and Women's Studies; MBA candidate, August 2013
Achievements: Recently named Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

What brought you to Georgian Court?
I came to Georgian Court because of head soccer coach Jim Moore and because I value the tradition of mercy.

Why major in history?
I chose history because I enjoy learning to understand the broader picture of the past while analyzing the interconnectedness of life. I believe history has provided me with tools to succeed in any professional career.

Between your studies, practice and soccer matches, how do you balance it all?
I learned quickly that time is the new currency. Understanding that, I learned to schedule my time, hour by hour each day, to ensure my tasks would be accomplished.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself?
I can accomplish anything I put my mind and heart to. It sounds cliche, but after being pushed through my academics, soccer, and Resident Assistant position, I've become confident in knowing my work will be finished well and on time.

How has attending GCU impacted your life?
GGU has provided me many opportunities to challenge myself and grow as a woman. The faculty, coaches, and staff have guided me and supported me through my college career. The impact these leaders have had on me is larger than each realizes and I will be forever thankful as I move toward my career.

Any advice for someone trying to decide on a college?
Don't just choose a college based on the status or reputation of an institution. Choose a school based upon the willingness of professors to aid in your education beyond the physical confines of the classroom. If you like your professors and your coaches, you will enjoy your college experience to the fullest.

Mary CherubiniName: Mary Cherubini ’12
Hometown: Willingboro, NJ
Major: Art

Mary Cherubini spent the Fall 2011 semester at Florence University of the Arts where she took courses in Renaissance art, cross-cultural psychology, intermediate Italian, and social media. She is one of many Georgian Court students who recently participated in study abroad programs and GCU trips to Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece.

"It’s a learning experience that goes far beyond the classroom", says Mary, who kept in touch with her friends, family, and GCU instructors via Facebook, Twitter, and her blog at

“Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our plan that we lack spontaneity. Living in Italy helped me to not necessarily go by the ‘plan,’ but to live for the moment and do what I feel.”

Read more about student experiences abroad in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of GCU Magazine.

Diana Ventimiglia '12Name: Diana Ventimiglia '13
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Major: Nursing

So what have you been up to?
We have a lot of projects and exams all coming up in the next two weeks and we are all studying nonstop for the Maternity/OB/Pediatrics HESI exam, which nursing students all over the country take. We are just working hard and pushing forward.

Why Georgian Court and why nursing?
It's important to me to do the kind of work that actually benefits other people," says Diana, "and I think that is time better spent.

Diana wants to be an oncology nurse, and will graduate from the B.S.N. program in the GCU-Meridian Health School of Nursing. The program, which is housed on the Lakewood campus of Georgian Court, prepares students for service-, health-, and science-related jobs while giving them access to the strengths and resources of Georgian Court.

"There are always surprises, every semester, in every class, in my journey to becoming a registered nurse," says Diana. "That's part of what keeps it challenging, and it keeps us on our toes."

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