Mary-Jo Lendering had no problem adjusting to her freshman year upon arriving at Flagler College from the Dutch Caribbean. The dual economics and accounting major immediately got involved on campus and even landed an internship at the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. “The internship helped me shape up my future in economic development, and helped me become a better leader in everything I do around campus,” she says of her experience.
When she isn’t studying- Lendering also has a double minor in mathematics and business administration- she serves as Vice President of the Catholic College Fellowship, volunteers at the Cathedral Basilica downtown, and serves as vice chair of Student Affairs for SGA.
Lendering credits Flagler with providing her the opportunity to excel so quickly. "For being a person who has a lot of energy and is outgoing, Flagler has given me a chance to be me, opportunities to develop my leadership skills, awesome faculty and staff, and lifelong friends. So far in my freshman year, I've gotten opportunities that I thought would come later on in my college career, thanks to Flagler.”
After graduation, Lendering plans on getting her master's in economics, followed perhaps by a PhD. For now though, she focuses on participating in the Flagler community. Her advice for incoming students? “Go out, get involved, and enjoy every day of being a Saint, because the time in college goes by fast.”