Even with all the ways Mercy has changed over the past 41 years, Mann says that the most important things have not changed at all: “What has stayed the same at Mercy is the mission and people’s passion for the mission and educating the students that we so earnestly try to serve — and I think we serve them well.” The last of six children born to Italian immigrants, Mann had to figure out how to navigate college on her own. She attended Iona College where she earned a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. in Accounting. Her advice to other first-generation college students? “Ask for help. There’s no need to feel embarrassed. Especially at Mercy everybody is here to serve you."
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