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The Marietta Effect

Liv Holiday

Liv Holiday '11

Major: Psychology

Minor: Communications

Additional Education: Master of Education in Clinical Counseling, Ohio University (2011-13)

Current Job: Therapist, L&P Services

Hometown: McConnelsville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Psychology Club, Alpha Xi Delta

Athletetics: Track and Field

Favorite Professor: Tom Perry

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you? I’m not sure there was one “a-ha!” moment; it was more of a culmination of many events that assured me I was where I belonged. These ranged from successes in athletics and acceptance into clubs/organizations to those simple one-on-one moments with professors when you realized they not only knew who you were, but also understood how you learn and how to best help you succeed.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I had so many great experiences at Marietta but I’d have to say my favorite ones were with my track team. I had awesome coaches when I began vaulting for Marietta. I was able to improve my skills quickly and find success early. I enjoyed working hard with the team and watching my teammates succeed as well. Track is an interesting sport because while it is a team sport, it is also very individualized, especially the field events. The best moments are when you succeed as an individual AND as a team, such as winning the pole vault to lead our women’s team to a secon-place finish at All-Ohio Championship in 2009.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Life at Marietta College was many things — comfortable, exciting, difficult, inspiring, frustrating, moving, encouraging, demanding, simple. Looking back I can trace the difficult times to the lessons I was to learn in order to make life ultimately more rewarding, and to give me the push I needed to persevere.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Attending Marietta College gave me the expectation of high standards — in education, in employment, in self-improvement. When you’re a student at MC, you’re not only expected to succeed, you’re given every tool possible to get where you want to go. You’re met with individualized attention from professors, and many go above and beyond to help you meet your goals. Upon graduating I continued this push for self-improvement and obtained additional education to work in a field I truly enjoy. Marietta College engrained in me a desire to grow, discover new things, improve. Because of this, I have a career that allows me to continually learn and advance my skills every day.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means pushing for more — more education, more opportunities, more growth. It means not giving up on what you really want. It means working to overcome any obstacle you encounter. It means being relentless. It doesn’t mean your experience will be perfect or effortless. You will have to put in the work. You’ll have to sweat and worry and maybe even cry — but you don’t stop pushing. You beat the odds and discover strengths you didn’t know you had. You succeed, and your success means much more because it wasn’t easy. You’re presented with such high standards and you soar above them — because you’re a Pioneer.