While working at a Rivier’s annual Commencement, Christina McArthur knew she wanted to be a Rivier student. “Before the Commencement ceremony even started, I looked at the program and saw that Rivier had the major that I wanted,” she says. “During the graduation, the faculty, staff, and students spoke highly about the school.” McArthur also says she was inspired by the song sung that day by Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Regina Shearer, a version of Katy Perry’s “Firework” with personalized lyrics for the graduating class. “She sang that Rivier graduates should go and fight for what is right and make the world a better place,” McArthur recalls. “I would love to do that one day.”
She was born in Lowell, but moved to Georgia with her mother during her youth. After earning her associate degree in education from South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga., McArthur moved back to Lowell by herself planning to simply get a job so she could live on her own (her mother later moved back to Lowell when she saw how much McArthur liked Rivier). When McArthur saw that Rivier had the Human Development/Elementary/General Special Education program she desired, she knew she had to come to the University as a full-time student.
McArthur transferred to Rivier as a full-time resident student in the fall. She had to adjust to residential college life, having never lived in a residence hall before. However, she came to appreciate how easily accessible everything is on campus. “Everything I need to succeed is available to me on campus,” she says.
When she graduates from Rivier, she wants to teach in a local inner-city elementary school. “I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in Kindergarten,” she says. “As a child, I thought the Kindergarten teacher was just there to have fun. As an adult now, I realize that Kindergarten is the foundation of a child’s education and that elementary school teachers play such an important role in shaping a child’s school experience.” She adds, “I want to help develop a child’s education as well as their future.”