Class of 2019
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Homeland Security
Concentration: International Relations
Secondary Major: Government and Politics
Minor: Global Studies
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.
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.
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!
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.