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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 1:30pm

What Online Learning Means to Mercy College Students


When Christine Conforti ’13, M.S. ’16 retired from the New York City Police Department, she decided to focus on her education. “After a proud career as a civil servant, I wanted to earn a degree and set an example to my children that education is important.”

Conforti enrolled in traditional classes, but being a single mother and battling two cancers forced her to take online classes. She was amazed at how much she enjoyed online classes and how much they helped her. She said: “There I was in the hospital dealing with chemo therapy and infections – my class work was a welcome distraction. Online classes helped me get through one of the most difficult times of my life.” 

Although Conforti has survived cancer, she is still fighting illness. Online learning, through Mercy College, has created a desire in Christine to become an online college professor due to her success as an online student. “I’m still dealing with health obstacles, but the great thing about online learning is I can log on when it works for me. Online learning gave me so much flexibility. There was nothing standing in the way of my education!”

In 2015, Conforti was awarded the Mercy College Online Student of the Year in recognition of her outstanding combination of online intellectual skills, online social skills and personal initiative.

“I really enjoy online learning – I never felt disconnected.” 

Director, Online Learning Mary Lozina said: “Christine epitomizes what it means to be an online learner. She is self-motivated and technologically savvy. She is a critical thinker, an information manager and curator, an effective communicator and knowledge builder.”

Lozina said: “While Christine credits her academic success to all of her inspirational teachers, it is clear that she achieved success because of her ability to persevere in the face of adversity.”


A Mercy online degree carries the same value, recognition and accreditation as our traditional degree programs. The benefits of a Mercy Online degree include:

  • Affordability - Pay for classes and tuition, not room and board
  • Flexibility - Classes can accommodate your busy life schedule
  • 24/7 accessibility
  • Over 30 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered entirely online
  • 200+ online classes
  • Dedicated professors who help ensure the success of online students