Mary Celeste “MC” Floreani ’18, this month’s Dirigo Award recipient, takes advantage of every opportunity on campus. From Greek life to the founding of clubs, unions, and teams, to her leadership in the University of Maine Student Government – she stays involved.
The history major, minoring in both labor studies and economics, started as a senator for Student Government her frirst year, and by her senior year became the president. She credits the executives who have served before her for their mentorship and support and playing a huge role in developing her as a student leader. In fact, Student Government is her favorite activity to date.
“I’ve loved every moment of my time as president. Every day I meet new people who care deeply about this campus for different reasons. There is no better way to get to know a university than to serve the student body in this capacity.”
The Houston, Texas native has definitely gotten to know the university. In addition to her role with Student Government, Floreani is a sister of Delta Delta Delta, a member of History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta, and serves on the Maine Day Meal Pack-Out Committee. She is the president of the UMaine Curling Team, and founded both the UMaine Fiber Arts Club and the UMaine Italian Student Union.
After graduation Floreani hopes to work as an organizer for labor unions. She plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations, followed by law school. Her ultimate goal is to serve as a litigator for an organized labor group.
Her final advice to any student considering UMaine is simple: take every opportunity that comes your way. “You won’t regret it,” she states.
The UMaine Alumni Association, with support from University Credit Union, each month presents its Dirigo Award to an undergraduate student who exemplifies the academic and civic ideals of the University of Maine. Selections are made in consultation with UMaine’s deans and the Division of Student Life.