Margaret Alexander Smerko

masmerko@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

Master of Divinity program, first year student, Anticipated graduation: May 2021

Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Ethical Studies, Spanish, May 2018

GPA: 3.764, magna cum laude

Activities: Learning Center Spanish Tutor, Student Advisor, Community Engagement Advisory Council, Better Together Interfaith Council (Leadership Team, Secretary)

University of Virginia Valencia, Valencia, Spain

June 2017-July 2017

  • Study abroad program in Valencia, Spain for one month

  • Art history and culture courses, all conducted in Spanish

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Union Presbyterian Seminary Master of Divinity Merit Grant, 2018-2019

  • Union Presbyterian Seminary Master of Divinity Tuition Grant, 2018-2019

  • Meredith College McLain Memorial Scholarship in Religion, 2018-2019

  • Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society, Vice President, 2017-2018

  • Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society 2017-2018

  • Meredith College Roger H. Crook Scholarship in Religion, 2017-2018

  • Meredith College Parker-Freeman Scholarship in Religion 2016-2017

  • Meredith College Catherine Watkins Isaacs Scholarship 2016-2017

  • Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow 2016-2017

  • Meredith College Dean’s List- Spring 2015-2018

  • Meredith College Merit Scholarship 2014-2018

  • Meredith College Impact Raleigh Scholarship 2014-2018

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, North Carolina

Montreat Youth Conference Small Group Leader, July 2018

  • Fostered spiritual growth of conference participants by facilitating discussion and recreation for a small group of twenty-five youth and adults

  • Followed and adapted a curriculum to fit the needs of a diverse group

  • Assisted conference leadership with additional programming needs throughout the conference

Meredith College Jones Chapel, Raleigh, NC

Office of the Chaplain Undergraduate Intern, January 2018-May 2018

  • Worked closely with the College Chaplain to assist with the weekly spiritual service, which included planning and delivering a sermon

  • Organized and executed the inaugural Week of Caring, providing support to students during final examinations

White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC

Impact Group Bible Study Leader, October 2015-May 2018

  • Collaborated with two co-leaders to teach Bible study curriculum to a group of middle school girls

  • Planned recreation activities to foster community within the group

 Youth Group Advisor, October 2016- May 2018

  • Participated in and assisted with monthly Presbyterian Youth Connection meetings

  • Fostered relationships with and among youth through recreation, study, and fellowship in order to develop deeper and more genuine connections with youth

  • Chaperoned several weekend retreats using leadership skills to facilitate programming and connections within the group

Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC

CROSS Missions Intern, May 2016-August 2016

  • Worked with a team of seven interns to facilitate week-long urban mission trips

  • Guided youth groups as they served in various urban ministry sites in Charlotte

  • Led reflections and discussion groups on social issues such as homelessness, hunger, and poverty

 RELEVANT SKILLS AND COURSES

  • Languages: Advanced Spanish, Elementary Biblical Hebrew

  • Advanced Spanish Translation Practice

  • Written Communication in Spanish

  • Christian Theology and Ethics

  • Introduction to Pastoral Care