Class of 2013
Major: Human Development/Elementary/General Special Education
Hometown: Lowell, Mass.
While working at Rivier’s annual Commencement Exercises last May, Christina McArthur knew she wanted to be a Rivier student. “Before Commencement 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 Class of 2011. “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. In 2010, 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. “Other schools had those subjects, but they were separate majors,” she says. “I was excited that Rivier offered all those subjects in one degree.”
McArthur transferred to Rivier as a full-time resident student this fall. She has had to adjust to residential college life, having never lived in a residence hall before. However, she has come 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.”