Alyssa E.

Class of 2019

Hometown: North Plainfield, NJ

Major: Communications

Minor: Event Management

Why did you choose SJU?

I chose St. John's because it was a happy medium for me. It was far enough from my hometown and it was close enough to the heart of New York City, Manhattan. When I visited St. John's the campus was just the right size and it was beautiful; there were tons of trees and flowers and everything was in walking distance. The vibe and aura that people gave off at St. John's was that it was a good school and they wanted to be here.

What's your favorite memory as a Johnny?

My favorite memory as a Johnny is definitely the endless trips to Manhattan. Whether it was on a random Saturday with my friends or with my DNY professor, the trips to Manhattan are some that I will never forget. St. John's can be as little as a 30 minute trip into Manhattan! At the campus bookstore, they also provide metro cards so it is extremely easy to travel into the city. When one is placed in a DNY (Discover New York) class, most professors take their students on trips throughout New York City including Manhattan. A metro card is provided and you can meet up with your professor and other students in your class before hand to travel together. This made it really easy and fun to do so.

How have you changed since becoming a Johnny?

I have grown into a more confident leader at St. John's. Coming into SJU my freshman year, I was extremely quiet and shy. This made it difficult for me to find friends and be involved. Once I got involved my sophomore year, I met dozens of people and now I am an active student leader on campus who is using their voice to make a difference. If someone told me my freshman year that I would be doing this, I wouldn't have believed them. I have changed and grown into a leader from being at St. John's.

What makes SJU different?

Everyone is here to help everyone at St. John's. At most schools, a student is simply a number in their class and they never really get to know their professors, administration, and are left to fend for themselves and figure out their future on their own. St. John's University's administration, professors, and students are always out to help one another. It's a "Johnnies look out for other Johnnies" motto. To go to a school where everywhere you turn there is someone to help you whether it be a change in your major to simply finding a building, it is a reassuring feeling.

I'm passionate about...

Traveling Photography

I'm involved with...

Orientation Leader Mentor for the RISE Program Haraya