FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Amanda Pecorella, a Fishkill resident, overcame personal tragedy to achieve her second degree in two years.
Pecorella graduated from Mount St. Mary with a master's degree in accounting/business administration on Saturday, one year after getting her bachelor's degree.
Pecorella lost her mother to cancer about two years ago. Though it was difficult for her, she said it also motivated her to excel in all aspects of her life.
“My mom wouldn’t want me to go on with life missing opportunities,” said Pecorella. “She’s the one who led me to turn all of those emotions that come with the loss of a loved one into strength that will lead me further into life, even though she can’t be here with me.”
In 2016, she and her team raised more than $5,000 for the Mount’s Relay for Life effort.
“The Mount is a big reason I’m the person I am today,” Pecorella explained. “The mentorship they give you through really just helps make you feel like you can do anything and keep your eyes open to all opportunities in front of you.”