Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2019
Hometown: San Diego, CA
SJU is super diverse. I've made friends here who come from all over the world, and I've learned so much about their cultures and countries. The great thing about SJU students and faculty is that they're so open-minded and tolerant of everyone. It creates a very comforting environment where I know that I will be accepted for who I am.
I've definitely learned to take more initiative. In college and especially in NYC, you have to learn to be tough and do things for yourself. Growing up and taking on more responsibility is hard, but there are always supportive communities around you - you just have to look! I've also become a master of time management. There are so many activities and assignments to keep track of in college that you have to learn to manage everything. Cramming for a 10 am exam at 3 am? Do not recommend.
My favorite memory is living in Donovan Hall during my freshman year. Dorm living definitely takes getting used to, but I loved being able to see my friends at every hour of the day. We'd always go to Monty's together for dinner, or have impromptu movie night in my room at 3 am. It was really easy to meet and make friends with new people in the study lounges; you definitely never feel lonely!
Coming from a beach town in California, I basically wanted a complete change of pace. I chose SJU because it's so close to Manhattan, but it still has a small college feel. NYC offers a ton of internship and job opportunities, especially to Marketing students like me. Although I love the the excitement and fast-pace of the city, I like knowing that I can always come back to a more relaxed and intimate environment.