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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:45am

Mercy College students are reaching new heights at home and abroad. School of Business student Mickey de Vries recently had the opportunity to climb Mount Fuji during her study abroad in Japan.

Reaching the summit of this famous mountain is something climbers dream of, and it takes a lot of perseverance, strength and courage. Setting goals and achieving them, as well as climbing mountains, is something School of Business students know all about.

"Each year the School of Business climbs a mountain in the north east to bring the metaphor to life that mountain climbing is like a career: Set a goal, one step at a time, can't do it alone. For Mickey to carry that mindset into her semester abroad experience and climb Mount Fuji in Japan makes us incredibly proud of her accomplishment,” said School of Business Professor Chuck Garcia.

"Climbing Mt. Fuji was at the top of my list of things I wanted to do while studying abroad in Japan,” said de Vries, who has also climbed Mount Washington.

“The climb was a tough one but the view along the way made it worth it. Once we got to 3,250M, we had dinner and rested for the night at one of the mountain huts. We woke up at 1:30 a.m. and continued our hike at 2 a.m. Climbing in the dark was scary at first but also an amazing experience. We got to the summit at 3,776M right before sunrise and saw the sun come up over Tokyo and the rest of Japan. Climbing Mount Fuji has been the best part of my study abroad experience," explained de Vries, retelling her amazing experience.

Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishment and dedication, Mickey!