Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2021
Hometown: Queens Village, NY
SJU is so different because of how it allows people to connect. First off this school is incredibly diverse. I came from a high school that wasn't as diverse and it was so exciting to be in a different environment. People from all types of background and walks of life come to SJU and interacting with them is both enjoyable and informative. St. John's is also different because it always has different events that help you connect with people. Whether it be at a tree lighting at the winter carnival or a musical performance at Java Johnny's you are continuously given opportunities to make friends and not feel like alone while you're receiving an education.
I chose SJU for many reasons but mainly because from the beginning it always felt like home. I have two older siblings who currently attend St. John's and when I was in high school they always talked about how much they loved their college. They would take me to events and give me mini-tours around campus so that I could see just how much they enjoyed it. It didn't take much to convince me because when I walked on campus I felt like I belonged there and I didn't feel that way with any other university. I thought the campus was beautiful and I felt like this is where I was supposed to be.
My favorite memory as a Johnny would have to be the Winter Carnival this year. Me, my friends and a bunch of random people went to the third floor of the library and sat on the window sills. We sat there and had a perfect view of the tree lighting and the fireworks without having to stand in the cold. We got to meet new people and enjoy a night that was so much fun and a teeny bit magical.
I would definitely say that I am more secure in myself now as a Johnny than before I started school. I had to start fresh and reevaluate myself and the people I wanted in my life. St. John's has a lot of options whether it be majors, clubs or even friends group. I was able to make choices that fit me instead of being someone else's person. I was able to be happier with myself and be more expressive of who I truly am.