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Maura Iv ’05

 

Maura Iv ’05 (Classical High School) earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management and minors in Communication and Environmental Science, from Bryant University in 2009. “I chose Management because I always knew I wanted to be my own boss,” she says. “I knew Communication was absolutely necessary to be successful and that it wasn’t my strong suit. I chose Environmental Science because that is where my heart is. I’ve been a tree-hugger and planet lover for as long as I can remember.”

Maura has turned her passion into a career path and is currently working as a solar energy consultant. “I help qualified homeowners go solar and get paid by their utility company to do so,” she says. “I love helping homeowners make their difference in the world through ecological preservation, shifting to a renewable source of energy, and eliminating a utility bill that was once a constant.”

For Maura, strong relationships were among the biggest gifts of her college years. “The four lifelong friends I made in college are absolutely invaluable,” she says. “They are four independent and inspiring women that taught me so much about life and myself. They push my limits and open my mind to experiences that I could have never imagined.”

She is also grateful for her experience as a member of The College Crusade. “Being a Crusader helped remind me that where you come from does not dictate where you’ll end up,” she says. “It taught me that I am not a statistic and that I am who I set my mind on to be. It taught me that when you surround yourself with like-minded people, people who are focused on positivity, progression, and advancement, you have no choice but to be and do those things in your own life.”

It helped to receive a College Crusade scholarship. “It gave me the peace of mind so I could focus on my studies,” she says. “It also raised my self-esteem and showed me that when you work hard and ask questions, people are there to help those who help themselves.”

Maura fills her free time with variety. “I work on my physical health by dancing, strength training, being outdoors, and staying active,” she says. “I work on my spiritual health by studying and volunteering at my church, the Church of God World Mission Society.”

She offers a host of thoughtful and practical tips for Crusaders just starting college. “Manage your time wisely,” she says. “Set your goals and align your schedule with your goals. Run the day or the day will run you. Utilize your free time by listening to podcasts, audiobooks, reading actual books by people who are successfully doing what you want to do. Do not waste your time – it’s the only thing you cannot buy back.”

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