Being a skilled and confident individual gains real value when students can apply themselves as part of a partnership or group. The ability to collaborate reflects awareness, motivation, mediation, respect, and engagement. Working in a coed setting in this capacity fortifies these skills that can be used for a lifetime of personal and professional accomplishment. Collaborating with the opposite sex allows each gender to better understand and work with each other. It helps break down gender stereotypes and creates unity between the genders, instead of division. Again, these are experiences and values that are both life and career skills.
Communicating and interacting with people of the opposite sex is an integral part of college and work life, and I have Marist to thank for providing me with the skills and confidence to do so.
-Dan Hickey, Marist ’11/ Vanderbilt University ’15