Carissa McQuade, '17

Public Relations
“York College quickly became my home away from home.”

Coming to York College was the perfect fit, Carissa McQuade ’17 divulges.

Originally from Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Carissa remembers each year they would travel through York on vacation. Her father, Richard, YCP class of 1985, insisted on stopping to see the changes on campus.

It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that Carissa realized YCP is where she should pursue her degree in public relations.

“After numerous trips home during the first few weeks on campus, I signed up for the Campus Activities Board and very quickly I learned how many opportunities were available,” Carissa said.

She attributes her success at York College to joining a student organization. Through her involvement on the Campus Activities Board, becoming a peer advisor and serving as a resident assistant, Carissa was able to grow as a leader and develop effective time management and communication skills that carried over to her academics.

“Getting involved allowed me to meet new friends on campus, making the transition to college much easier,” she said about student organizations. With more than 100 student organizations on campus, there is something for each student’s interests.

Carissa will spend her senior year as the concert and large-events chair of the Campus Activities Board, planning the spring concert and other on-campus events.

One thing is evident, getting involved allowed Carissa to develop key skills to be successful, while finding her niche and her future at York College from day one. 

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