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Bonam O.

Tour Guide at St. John's University

Class of 2019

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Major: Biology


How have you changed since becoming a Johnny?

As a freshman, I was worried about classes, getting lost, making friends, and getting involved, being that I commute every day to campus from Long Island. All of that quickly changed when I got involved in Student Affairs and the various programs they contain. I have always been an outgoing, independent person, but to a certain extent. Being at St. John's has allowed for me to shed the "to a certain extent" portion and replace it with a period. I've found my independence in a solidified state thanks to the programs I've become involved in, as well as the countless opportunities this university has to offer. Becoming a Johnny helped me reinforce the courage, confidence, and strength that I always had within me.

Why did you choose SJU?

In life, there are times when we get this funny feeling in the pit of our stomachs. We can't quite place it but sometimes it leads us to exactly where we are meant to be. That's what happened when I came to St. John's. The people I met made me feel so welcome and the campus itself had this certain allure that I now can identify as SJU Pride. The school spirit, attention to details in academics, and overall atmosphere were so inviting. Add a dash of the social scene and incredible opportunities that present themselves when you're a Johnny and I knew this was the only university for me!

What's your favorite memory as a Johnny?

Have you ever had a moment in your life when you had a feeling you were where you were supposed to be? Almost as if you'd found your place? That's what my freshman orientation here at St. John's was like. I didn't know anyone or know anything about the school but those two days transformed my entire experience as a Johnny. This inspired me to become an Orientation Leader for the upcoming year and my favorite memory would have to be when the semester started. I would see students from over the summer and they would tell me that I was the reason they decided hands down that St. John's was where they wanted to be.

What makes SJU different?

Being the 2nd most diverse school in the nation, St. John's is not only a place where someone can come to learn but where they can ultimately grow as an individual. The unique majors and programs the university offers, combined with the state of the art technology, immersive atmosphere, and plethora of organizations and extracurriculars make this school stick out. The faculty, staff, and students here at St. John's are the tools and experiences that help you write the story that is your college experience.

I'm passionate about...

Commu Growing with People Serving as a mentor/helping others Studying Netflix Watching Youtube Videos Shopping Reading a Good Book Cooking/Baking Chopped on Food Network trying new things Peer Mentor Writing Biology Future Healthcare Leaders Service Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community Learning New Things Meeting New People Giving Tours Exploring New Places Exploring Manhattan Helping People See That They Can Succeed h Mentoring

I'm involved with...

Orientation Leader DNY Peer Leader Mentor for the RISE Program
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