Morristown, N.J. (February 26, 2015) – Marissa Gioffre '16, a Global Studies and Business major with a minor in political science, is using her CSE education to make a difference in the world.
Gioffre, from Hammonton, N.J., originally wanted to major in Foods and Nutrition to become a dietitian. However, her love for history and current events, developed in her high school global studies classes, prompted her to switch to Global Studies and Business.
In high school, she was one of four students from her school to participate in video conferences with representatives of the United Nations. This inspired Gioffre to help raise money by selling jewelry and silicon bracelets, afterward donating the proceeds to charities that helped African and Middle Eastern countries affected by natural disasters.
Gioffre used her love for service to get involved in college. She holds leadership positions as the president of the Residence Hall Council, which organizes the on-campus activities for residents. She is also on the executive board for the Campus Ministry club, a gathering of people of different spiritual backgrounds to reflect.
She also has on-campus jobs as the office aide for the history department and the Honors Program. Gioffre works off-campus as a babysitter, an ice cream shop worker, and a jewelry seller for the company Premier Designs.
On a personal level, after her freshman year roommate Jenna Magliulo passed away from a brain tumor, she started the Jenna Elaine Magliulo Scholarship Fund with her friends, which raises money for an applicant who has been affected by cancer. Gioffre thanks the business techniques of "how to target her audience, how to think outside the box, and write and sell things well" that she learned in her business classes.
During her remaining years at CSE, she would like to apply her classroom knowledge and passion to an internship. She is investigating an internship as an archivist or tour guide with a history museum in Morristown, or an internship with a non-profit such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
"A hands-on position with families would be great," she added.
After graduation, she hopes to head in one of two directions: either using her love of history by joining Saint Joseph University's Alliance for Catholic Education program and teaching history or English at an underprivileged school, or conducting music and art therapy sessions for a cancer institution, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick.
According to Gioffre, CSE has helped her fall in love with service and spreading God's love and charity, the very mission of the College.
"CSE has given many me many opportunities to rise up," she concluded.