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Senior Spotlight: Micheala Patalano

Micheala Patalano

Photo Credit: Deb Grove

Name: Micheala Patalano

Major: Double major in psychology and music

What city and state or country do you call home? Willow Grove, Pa.

Activities at F&M: Playing cello in orchestra and string ensemble, Sweet Ophelia, Harbaugh Club, Mu Upsilon Sigma multicultural sorority, Psi Chi psychology honor society, tutor for the Department of Music.

Why did you choose to attend F&M?

After visiting F&M in high school, I saw how invested professors are in the success of their students, and knew this was a place I would be able to grow in the classroom—there are so many opportunities to explore and experiment in different fields. My favorite professor at F&M, Dr. Brian Norcross (senior director of instrumental music and conducting studies), has a saying that I heard during my first tour of F&M and has stuck with me ever since: “Other colleges tell you you can do anything, but here you can do everything.”

What is something that you did for fun at F&M?

Sweet Ophelia! I love singing and performing with this tight-knit group of women, and it has helped F&M feel like a true home. I had the honor and privilege of leading this group as music director for two semesters, and although it was stressful at times (as is any leadership position), it was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my collegiate career.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the College?

I’ve enjoyed not only the friendships I’ve forged, but also seeing my friends grow and mature throughout college.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I am staying in Lancaster and plan to work for a nonprofit before continuing on to a master’s degree in school counseling.

What brief advice would you give to incoming students in F&M’s Class of 2028?

Don’t be afraid to take risks and push yourself outside your comfort zone! It can lead you down a path you might not have ever considered.

“I love singing and performing with this tight-knit group of women, and it has helped F&M feel like a true home.”

— Micheala Patalano '24

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