Students in Residence Program
Quinnipiac Students live at Pond Ridge Assisted Living
Masonicare is excited to continue our partnership with Quinnipiac University for a unique Assisted Living experience!
Once again this year, two students from the University have been chosen to live within our Assisted Living community for the entire 2017-2018 school year. Sarah Cullen and Kevin Currie were chosen after going through an application and interview process with a group of staff and residents here at Pond Ridge and Ashlar Village. Some of the requirements for the students living here at Pond Ridge include 8 hours of service weekly to our residents, which will be unique to the students and our community, as well as a requirement to eat at least 1 meal a week with our residents.
We also wanted the students to identify some sort of "gift" that they would be able to bring to our community. Sarah, a junior Occupational Therapy student, is a musician who plans to use her saxophone and guitar skills to entertain our residents at social gatherings. Kevin, a MBA graduate student at Quinnipiac, is an avid singer and has already thought about putting together a choir of residents.
The two students moved in on Tuesday, August 22, greeted by their new neighbors, Masonicare staff, and the local media! Along with becoming involved in the community, the students will share thoughts about their experiences through blogging, journaling, and video recording.
While they may differ in age, the students and residents have much in common. The residents appreciate the opportunity to share their wisdom with their younger counterparts, and the students are happy to bring their energy and passion for learning into the senior community. As proven by the success of the first two Students-in-Residence in 2016-17, this program will allow this year’s students to build new and lasting friendships which will change their lives.
Welcome Sarah and Kevin! We're so excited to have you as part of the Masonicare family!
Student 'Vlog' #1- Recorded 10/24/17, 2 months after moving in.
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