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Morely Luciano began as a freshman cheerleader at Ancilla College in the fall of 2015. She is majoring in communications and is a member of the co-ed cheerleading squad. Luciano is from Bronx, New York, and hopes to transfer to University of Texas at Austin to pursue her career in life coaching.

What follows is her Ancilla story.

By Morely Luciano

Stepping onto campus felt like a new world; yet, I felt completely at home. In the spring of 2015, while college acceptance letters were being sent, I received many declines. Some accepted me, but none of the colleges I originally wanted to attend. One day, I was browsing through my student email and came across a recruitment letter from Coach Kaylee King. She is assistant to the Ancilla College Athletic Director and coach of the co-ed cheerleading team. I was curious and excited that I was considered to be a part of a team, especially when it involved my favorite sport.

I visited the Ancilla College website to learn more about. It was very beautiful and seemed like what I needed. I am from New York City, a very fast-paced and competitive place. I was born and raised in the Bronx. Looking at Ancilla College from my home on the East Coast really put my mind in perspective. I originally wanted to attend college out of state, but I did not expect to go across the country to the Midwest.

The academic programs Ancilla offers are limitless. The degrees they offer are all very different from one another. I liked this because regardless of what I wanted to choose, I knew there were going to be different people from all over the world pursuing what they believe in.

At first, what got my attention was the nursing program. I’d never seen a two-year college with such great credentials when it comes to nursing. However, I realized that my passion was in communications. I love talking to people and getting to know who they are. I applied online as soon as I could. It was so simple to fill out the application and connect my FASFA form to the college. I took more steps to submit my paperwork, which was the smoothest process that I have dealt within a college admissions office. In early June I received a lot of emails from Kelly Manning in the admissions office and vice president of enrollment Eric Wignall reminding me of important dates and events the college hosted to welcome prospective students. I felt included even before I got to campus; that’s how I knew this was the right place for me.

I value a good education. For me to learn the best way possible, I need a small environment where I can focus and get the attention I need from my professors. This is something I know about myself, and something I used in the college search process. Big schools were not an option for me. Now that it is fall and I am two weeks into my semester, I do not regret this decision. I am receiving all the help I can get from faculty and staff who all genuinely care about me and my success.

Here at Ancilla College I am not a number. I am a young adult who needs support and grounding to pursue and follow my dreams. Even if some of us don’t know what we need to do to succeed or do not know who we are as individuals, being at Ancilla College, the focus is placed on you.

By the time you step foot on campus and interact with anyone, you immediately start to grow and change in the most positive way. People who aren’t used to frequent social interactions, will become social butterflies by the end of a month. Your mindset changes here, all for the better. Coming from a place where pressure was as common as the air I breathe, moving to a slower-paced environment where I now live in the middle of nature, I am becoming more in tune with myself. I know more about who I am just by being here. Donaldson, Indiana, is the most beautiful, relaxing and carefree place I have been to thus far. I am more than thrilled to share with you my experience in this beautiful town.


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Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

Mail: P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

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