Nightingale Fund in Action
NOVEMBER 2019 • Volume 1, Issue 1
Alumna Feature: Sheila Mungia '94
Sheila entered the blue doors in 1988 as a Class VII student and member of Prep for Prep. She recalls then Head of School, Ms. McMenamin, shaking her hand of her very first day, a warm tradition that continues today. Sheila was involved in a variety of activities and leadership roles, from a member of CAFE and the swim team to serving as House President and a Peer Group Leader. Sheila was also selected as a student tour guide which she credits as the beginning of her Public Relations career!
Sheila is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Anthropology. She currently works in Public Relations as the Acting Vice President at CRC.
How did Nightingale inspire you to go beyond barriers?
Without realizing it, Nightingale naturally molded me into a feminist. Being in an all-female environment empowered me to express my opinion and not feel small in challenging environments both personally and professionally.
What tools did Nightingale provide that you continue to use in your everyday life?
The emphasis on reading and writing at Nightingale greatly benefited my career. As a publicist, I write and present for a living. Having a strong grasp of language, how to articulate myself on paper as well as verbally, has provided me with a tremendous advantage throughout the years. Every time I see shabby, incomplete writing I think of Lois Wein! As a publicist I am also obsessed with the news cycle, I think that started for me at Nightingale when we began to examine current events more critically.
In what ways do you remain connected to Nightingale today?
I have been participating in events geared at students of colors and recently also parents of color. Regardless of how you enter a private school environment as a person of color you are in the minority. It adds another element to navigate, in what is already a challenging time for most students. Nightingale is being more proactive about encouraging candid dialogue, something I appreciate and think is tremendously valuable. So, that has pulled me back into the school community.
To me, Nightingale is: always encouraging students to strive for excellence.