Posted by Jeremy Pittenger on May 20, 2013
Monica De Iorio defines her experience at Aurora University as one of growth and challenge—and for good reason. During her four years at AU she has volunteered with several organizations, served as a resident assistant, became active with the Wackerin Center for Faith and Action, participated in music activities, became a research assistant and explored a variety of career options.
Her involvement in curricular and extracurricular activities earned her a special recognition. Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. De Iorio was honored by Aurora University for how she embodied the principles of the academy and the values of the university.
“Aurora University has taught me that leadership can take on many different forms,” said De Iorio. “I do think my time here has shaped me for leadership. I’ve held various positions on campus and I’ve worked with some wonderful mentors.”
De Iorio was particularly active with the Wackerlin Center’s service projects and enrichment programs, completing all three tiers of the LEAD program and helping organize the first Sleep Out on the Quad in 2011. Her position as a resident assistant gained her a reputation for caring for her residents and engaging them in campus life.
“What I have discovered at AU is that when something happens it causes a change,” said De Iorio. “As scary as change can be initially, the things we learn from it always make it worthwhile.”
De Iorio also was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences with the Kenneth Olenik Social Science Award at this year’s Honors Convocation ceremony. She would like to enroll in an experimental psychology graduate program and also pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology with the goal of working in a hospital.