Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2021
Hometown: MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY
Major: Childhood Education
I chose Saint John's University because I loved the environment and atmosphere of the school when I came on a tour in my senior year of high school. Saint John's University is Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan and Global. I am very excited to become more involved in many service activities the university offers since it is Vincentian and focuses on serving others just like Saint Vincent de Paul did. Saint John's is very close to the city and there are many opportunities for internships and new experiences. I chose Saint John's because it is a Catholic school not only in terms of the religion, but it is catholic meaning universal and welcomes everyone from any religion or background. I am also excited to study abroad at Saint John's and take advantage of the many opportunities that Saint John's offers to do so. Finally, I chose Saint John's University because it has an excellent education program and I hope to be a teacher one day.
SJU is different because it is a community of people who are working together to make the world a better place. There are many service opportunities at Saint John's. Students even travel abroad or around the country just to serve others. When I walk around the campus of Saint Johns, even though there are over 16,000 students I am always greeted by a familiar face. Saint John's has many events to welcome new students and events throughout the year to make sure everyone can be involved. They have an activities fair with over 180 organizations students can join. They also have a winter and spring festival each year. SJU tries to make sure everyone feels welcome at the university.
My favorite memory as a Johnny is the winter carnival. The winter carnival is a tree lighting ceremony at Saint John's where there is music, free cookies and even fireworks. It was an amazing experience when they lit the tree and I was watching the fireworks with Christmas music in the background. Everyone was in the holiday spirit and it was nice to be together as a community. It is a memory I will always cherish because I was surrounded by friends and family to behold the magnificent fireworks. I cannot wait for the next winter festival!
I have changed since becoming a Johnny because I am now more focused on serving others and helping those who are less fortunate than me. I learned the importance of helping others through Discover New York which is a course that is only offered at Saint John's and involves learning more about different aspects of New York City and travelling around the city to learn new things. This class also required that we did community service through Academic Service Learning. I assisted the less fortunate at a food pantry in Queens, and it was a life changing experience. I learned that their are people who struggle to afford basic amenities that I sometimes take for granted. I have changed since becoming a Johnny and have learned that when people come together to help others we can make a difference.