Why Every Gift Matters: Kristy Marchese’s Story

Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Somewhere along the way, the giving season became a time of discounts, deals and savings. This year, let’s give bigger, better and smarter by giving back. Join us for a new national day of giving deemed #GivingTuesday on December 3rd, and show the world that when we unite together, we can fulfill dreams.

The following post is an excerpt from Thomas Edison State College Foundation’s article, “Meet Kristy Marchese, W. Cary Edwards Foundation Scholarship Recipient:

“The memories you create, good or bad, are the memories that make you the nurse you are and the person you become.”

When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow-up, their answer can range from astronaut to Spiderman. When Kristy Marchese was a child, her answer remained constant – she wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. Then, at the young age of 14, Kristy tragically lost her mother to cervical cancer. It was at that point in her life that she realized her true calling was nursing.

When her mother passed away, Kristy took on the responsibilities of caring for her two younger sisters. She took on the role of a mother while her father often worked multiple jobs to provide for the family and pay the medical bills. Kristy’s teenage years passed not as one would imagine. Instead of going out with friends and worrying about boys, she spent her time cooking dinners, doing laundry and helping with homework. Kristy took on her mother’s role and lived by a unique motto “What would my mother do?” This motto inspired her to pursue her nursing degree and after graduating from high school, she worked and paid her way through college ultimately earning her BSN from Widener University.

Fresh out of college she applied to nursing positions at Cooper Health. During her first interview she met with the oncology nurse manager for a position in the same unit where her mother had passed away 10 years earlier. Her interview started as any interview would – the nurse manager asked her why she was interested in oncology. Kristy remembers this conversation like none other; she started to explain that her mother passed away from cervical cancer 10 years prior and as a young girl, Kristy was left to care for her two sisters. Before she could say more, her interviewer jumped out of her seat and started to cry. The nurse manager recognized Kristy and remembered her mother. Unbeknownst to Kristy…”

Read the rest of Kristy’s story in Thomas Edison State College Foundation’s original article. If you would like to help students on #GivingTuesday, like Kristy, fulfill their dreams, please donate to the Thomas Edison State College Foundation.


Tags: Alumni , Motivation , Nursing , Thomas Edison State College Foundation

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How to Find Happiness: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted Friday, November 08, 2013

Undoubtedly, Thomas Jefferson had many great achievements and a brilliant mind, but when the two came together, the result was none so recognizable and significant as the Declaration of Independence. His words are the backbone for which this great experiment, the United States of America, was founded; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Consider the words of our country’s foremost document, and by extension, the foundation for our Constitution; the pursuit of happiness is not a privilege or a luxury – it is a RIGHT. Unfortunately, while we all want to be happy, most of us don’t know how to actually pursue it. Enter National Pursuit of Happiness Week, beginning on November 8th through the 14th, a little-known, weeklong observance that reminds us to be a little more introspective. Obviously, the best way to celebrate this week is to examine what is really important in your life and what your life is for. To find your path to happiness, start by asking yourself these 10 questions:

  1. What three words would you use to describe your life right now?
  2. Do you have balance in your life?
  3. What makes you happy at work? Outside of work?
  4. Where were you a year ago today?
  5. What is stopping you from taking control and being happy?
  6. Are you the best that you can be?
  7. What did you do today to move a little closer towards your goal/dream?
  8. Do you believe in what you are doing with your life? Or are you settling for what you are doing?
  9. What do you appreciate about your life right now?
  10. What do you have to lose if you just go for what you intuition is telling you?

Did you get the answers you wanted? What can you do to change those answers?

Begin with a plan. Write down where you are right now (your beginning) and where you want to be (your end). Fill in with what you need to do to get from your beginning to your end, by using the answers you wished you gave for the questions above as your guide. Happiness is a choice, and you make the decisions. And whenever you are in doubt, look at the paper you just created. Turns out, a blueprint for happiness exists after all.


Tags: Going Back to College , Motivation , Work-Life Balance

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How to Conduct College-Level Research [Infographic]

Posted Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Are you new to research? Haven't used a research library in 5, 10 or 20 years? Received your first written assignment and unsure where to begin?

Research is not a complicated process. There are many resources, services and online tools available to help students find the research materials – books, articles, journals, databases and more – necessary to begin writing. Librarians can help you track down difficult-to-find items in print or electronic collections and assist with research.

Take the mystery out of conducting research by following this simple, 6-step plan:


For more information on conducting research, watch the New Jersey State Library's pre-recorded webinar "Research Made Simple: Resources and Services of the NJ State Library," here.

Tags: Online Tools and Resources , Student Services , Study Tips , Taking Courses

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