Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2020
Hometown: West Islip, NY
I chose St. John's because of its beautiful campus, proximity to NYC, psychology program, welcoming faculty and students at accepted students day, and the diverse student body that I was exposed to before committing. I live on Long Island and knew I didn't want to go anywhere too far, but that I needed a change of setting. Therefore, my main focus was city schools. St. John's had the perfect balance for me between the city aspect as well as the campus community aspect.
My favorite memory was orientation, mostly because of the people I met, but also because I remember walking back from Taffner with my group and seeing the campus lit up at night and getting goosebumps because I knew I'd be lucky enough to live there in a few weeks.
Not many city schools have a real campus that feels like home, but we do. We have an incredible community here on campus because we are able to connect with one another due to the size of the university. It's also unique in its diversity. Being the second most diverse school in the country, we are exposed to so many different types of people, and this exposure is extremely integral in many career fields.
I've become much more independent and have acquired a go-getter personality thanks to my inspiring professors, as well as developed people skills which will help me in my field. The numerous opportunities to get involved on campus helped me get out of my shell and develop a sense of responsibility and motivation that I didn't get to thrive off of in high school.