Four Siblings Make the Same, Yet Different, Choices

The Bolger Family (minus Patrick)

October 20, 2015

They each chose Susquehanna for different reasons. The small school atmosphere, an academic track with close guidance for undeclared students, an AACSB-accredited business program in the top 5 percent in the nation, and the gorgeous campus with a great soccer program. It was just an added bonus that the four Bolger siblings from Hopatcong, N.J., would also spend their college years together.

"I had visited other colleges and universities," says Mike, a senior information systems major and the oldest of the four Bolger children attending Susquehanna. "The small atmosphere, beautiful campus and a program with my desired major convinced me that Susquehanna University was the right place for me."

Mike's younger siblings followed, each finding at Susquehanna what they were searching for in a college experience. Pat, studying in Barcelona, Spain, for the fall semester, entered the university with an undeclared major and found his passion with the help of faculty mentors. He is a junior double majoring in international studies and economics.

Alyssa is a sophomore biology major who dreams of becoming a pediatric orthopedist. The soccer program and a special science scholarship drew her. "I feel like the biology courses are preparing me very well for the MCAT [Medical College Admission Test]." 

Jess, a first-year student, is majoring in accounting and loves being with her siblings. A younger sister, Megan, is still at home and, while there is no pressure for her to attend Susquehanna, her brothers and sisters agree it will be fun if she carries on the tradition.

Often busy with friends and classes, the four siblings still manage to connect each week by attending Alyssa's soccer games, playing together on intramural teams and getting together for a family dinner at least once a week.

"SU is teaching the skills they need to succeed in life. All four have different career paths and all will be well-prepared to enter the workforce or continue their schooling," says Karen Bolger, their mother. For example, as a result of an internship with Franklin Mutual Insurance, Mike already has a job offer beginning in June, right after commencement.

"It's a warm and nurturing environment, and we couldn't be prouder that they all will be graduating from Susquehanna," adds their father, John.

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