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Meet Emily Kirsch

Major: Funeral Services
Expected graduation: Spring 2020
Hometown: Ellwood City, Pa.
High school: Riverside High School
Scholarships: Riverside Lions Club Scholarship, Vice Presidential Scholarship, Cheer and Dance Athletic Scholarship
Dream job: Own a funeral home

Why did you choose Point Park University?

I chose Point Park because of the location. I've always felt that I needed to be in a city environment. Another reason is because of my major - very few schools offer a funeral services program.

As a first-year student, what are you most looking forward to during the next four years?

I'm looking forward to meeting new people and creating lifelong friendships, as well as getting into more hands-on classes within my major.

What organizations are you involved with at Point Park?

I am part of Point Park's first competitive cheerleading and dance teams. Cheer and dance are two separate teams here, and I am on both!

Tell us about your favorite things to do on campus.

I love going to Market Square. There's always something new going on there, and they have tons of great food. I also enjoy just hanging out in the hallway on my floor with other people in my residence hall.

What's your favorite thing about going to school in the city?

Going to school in the city is great! There's always something new happening around you. Pittsburgh has the most beautiful surroundings and views. Living in the home of the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins isn't too bad either.

Describe your dream job.

My dream job is to one day own my own funeral home. I would like to be the head mortician there, too.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

My advice to incoming students is to find a major that really interests you and that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. Also remember that school comes first. Yes, you're in college and want to have fun, but your education should be your first priority, since that's what you're paying for. Finally, be open to new experiences.

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Photo by Shayna Mendez, senior photojournalism major
Text by Maggie McCauley, senior broadcast reporting and public relations and advertising major

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