Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2019
Hometown: Mastic Beach, NY
Major: Homeland Security
My favorite memory as a Johnny is my very first semester at St. John's. At the end of the fall semester there is always a big week filled with events leading up to winter break. The final event is known as the Winter Carnival, where there is a Christmas tree lighting and a firework show put on display for the entire community to see. This was one of the coolest things to experience because it was almost the entire school along with the local community that showed up for this event. It was the biggest gathering I had ever seen on campus, and it was nice to see that we were there celebrating our success of the semester together. Personally, this was a moment that truly encapsulated the true essence of what it meant to be a part of the St. John's community.
St. John's is a diverse community that prides itself on resourcefulness and the ability to network. We have students and faculty that come from all walks of life, where each individual provides their own unique experiences that aid in the personal and professional development of all students. With the endless opportunities provided to us by our administrators and alumni, our students are able to immerse themselves into the college atmosphere while effectively transitioning themselves into the professional world as well.
Originally, I did not select St. John's as my first choice for college. My freshman year consisted of transferring between my initial school choice and community college back home. It was when I got home that I realized I wanted something more from my college experience. I desired an atmosphere that thrived off of school spirit and campus involvement, in addition to a multitude of opportunities that would further my professional career. When searching for a new place to call home, I discovered St. John's and all it had to offer me. The minute I stepped onto campus for a visit I knew that this was exactly where I needed to be.
Since becoming a Johnny, my perspective on the college experience has changed drastically. College is what you make of it, and at St. John's there is so much to be a part of. When I arrived at St. John's, I found myself joining as many clubs and organizations as I possibly could. Getting myself more involved in the campus community definitely made me feel like I belonged. My campus involvement has given me a voice and the tools to actively make a difference amongst my peers. This is probably one of the most important gifts I will ever receive from St. John's.