Team Member at St. John's University
Class of 2019
Hometown: Woodstock Valley, CT
Minor: Social Justice
My favorite memory as a Johnny is definitely the spring carnival. Being that I am hours away from home, and we move in at the end of August, I miss the Woodstock Fair which is basically a carnival and show Labor Day Weekend that we have in my hometown. Missing that the past two years has been hard on me but SJU bringing in the spring carnival made it a bit easier because it gave me the feeling that I have when I am at home at the fair. The ferris wheel, food, music and positive energy is something that really brings out natural happiness and I love that about our school! Everyone just comes out and bonds, it's amazing.
Something that makes SJU different is that honestly, TRULY, no two people here are the same. There is a place for each and every person, everyone has their niche and with over 180 clubs and organizations I feel like this school just really embodies what acceptance is as a whole. The way they put emphasis on embracing culture and differences is absolutely beautiful especially with our countless study abroad options which allow us to broaden our horizons even more and become open to other cultures, religions, etc.
Being from a very small farm town of about 3,000 people, I knew that I needed to go away to a city and experience various cultures and adventures. So I looked up the most diverse schools in the country, and SJU was at the top of the list. That was the first thing to draw me in. Finding out that SJU is only a quick ride away from Manhattan meant that I would be able to broaden my horizons and create extraordinary experiences, and I was all for it. And the last thing that really sold the school to me was the values that it holds, because the school really does have a focus on making its Johnnies better people and that to me is extremely important.
I have grown up extremely! Being a near 4 hours away from home means that I had to learn how to be independent, organized, and strong on my own. I've learned to really appreciate and understand people's differences rather than being judgmental, as well as gained courage to experience new things and branch out in a way that I had never before.