Elena F.

Class of 2019

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Homeland Security

Concentration: International Relations

Secondary Major: Government and Politics

Minor: Global Studies

What's your favorite memory as a Johnny?

Representing my school in Sweden was by far my favorite memory as a Johnny. No matter where in the world I was, I always had SJU with me. Studying abroad as extensively and comfortably as I did was an experience I do not believe would have been possible for me at another university. Because of the services and support I found at the Queens campus, I had the opportunity to spread the St. John's name from Scandinavia all the way to Cairo.

How have you changed since becoming a Johnny?

I am more aware of the world around me thanks to my experiences here. Whether I was in Queens or overseas, the positive dynamic of SJU propelled me towards bigger and better things. I am far more confident in my education and abilities than I was leaving high school. Career services has supported me in my internship searches and assisted me in every preparation mechanism possible. Thanks to the combination of SJU services and the thriving SJU atmosphere, I was able to secure an internship interconnected with the United Nations.

What makes SJU different?

Besides the incredible study abroad program, SJU is unique in a series of ways. The diversity throughout the campus is eye-opening and a clear catalyst to development. Every day I am faced with people, scenarios, and academics that challenge me and support me in becoming a more well-rounded individual. The diversity found here is unlike any college campus. Not only are there a huge range of backgrounds present, there are people from the international community enrolled as well. I am so grateful to be a part of such an open and respectful student body!

Why did you choose SJU?

Choosing SJU was the response to a combination of factors. First of all, the university has amazing study abroad options and is a school that is very accommodating to students who hope to spend a few semesters over seas. I loved that the university allows for three semesters of study abroad, which I found very rare on my college search! Secondly, I was given the opportunity to attend for free due to the incredible scholarships offered and that scholarship was transferrable to my study abroad plans.

I'm passionate about...

Law Global Affairs Policy Implementation Political Science Travel United Nations Study Abroad

I'm involved with...

Study Abroad Phi Eta Sigma Honors Program Global Ambassadors Panhellenic Council Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority