Merry Yirga

Admissions Counselor

merry yirgaCounselor for: Southeastern/Central Virginia (see 'Region Details' tab for specific counties); Central/Northwest Virginia (see 'Region Details' tab for specific counties); DC; Asia, Europe, Ethiopia; Augusta County

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Hobbies: Singing, making/writing/listening to music, acting, going to the theater, writing poetry, cooking, spending time with friends, playing video games

Education: Eastern Mennonite University ‘23, BA in Liberal Arts; Minored in Psychology, Sociology, Peacebuilding

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Contact info: 540-432-4130,

Why I came to EMU

While visiting EMU as a senior in high school, I was initially drawn to the beauty and small size of the campus. During my visit, I also noticed that EMU seemed to strongly emphasize the importance of community, which I later would get to experience first-hand. I had also heard good things about the school from EMU students who had gone to my high school. In my gut I knew EMU would be the right place for me, and I was right.

Why I love EMU

I love EMU because no matter who you are, where you’re from or what your background is, you will always have someone who is rooting for you. Community is not a loosely used term at EMU. It is a practice that EMU as an institution is committed to continuously developing. People actively care for each other at EMU; it’s woven into the culture. This culture of being committed to the community really shaped my EMU experience and I am so grateful for it.

Anything else you should know about me?

I am a very passionate person and enjoy having conversations with other passionate people! Whether it’s deep conversations on social justice and peacebuilding, or more lighthearted topics like what Beyonce album is the best one, I am more than happy to engage in such discussions! 

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