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Student Spotlight: Alyssa Tyler, C’23

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Alyssa Tyler, C’23, in Saxbys

Alyssa, a criminal justice major, is part of the inaugural crew of Saxbys Café employees at the Mount.

Alyssa Tyler, C’23, is not afraid to lead by example. She serves as vice president of the Black Student Union and on the Creative Writing and Asian Culture Clubs. She also attends Activities Management Program, Student Organization of Latinos and African Student Association events.

Tyler came to the Mount as a Third Century Scholar. The Third Century Scholars program enables students to earn their degree and serve their local communities. Established through the generous support of Joseph Horning Jr., C’53, and his wife, Lynne, the program has helped dozens of underrepresented, minority students attend and graduate from the Mount.

“As a Third Century Scholar, I think that I was awarded opportunities to get an education without having to stress about where my books are going to come from or how I’m going to get my meal plan paid,” Tyler says. She has created a network of friendships and mentors including two of her favorites: Special Assistant to the Provost Chastidy Thomas and Vice President for Equity and Success Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, Ph.D. “There are a lot of good things that come from those strong connections,” she adds.

Her sophomore year she switched her major from nursing to criminal justice. “I have been thinking about becoming a guardian ad litem (GAL) and go to law school after I graduate,” she says. A GAL is an attorney appointed to represent the best interest of minor children. Next year she plans to intern at a law firm and says she wants to focus on the human services aspect of criminal justice.

In addition to academics and co-curricular commitments, Alyssa is part of the inaugural crew of Saxbys Café employees at the Mount. Located inside the renovated and expanded Knott Academic Center, she works a minimum of 16 hours per week. “This is all student-run and that’s different from any job I’ve had and the work-study jobs on campus. We all work together and get through the shifts easier; it embodies teambuilding and encourages leadership,” she says while sipping a cold brew.

“The Mount has a strong sense of community. They don’t lie about making lifelong friends. Once you find your niche, it’s easier to fit in and it makes life a lot easier. I’ll have these friends in 10, 15 years,” she adds.

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