Tour Guide at St. John's University
Class of 2020
Hometown: Seaford, NY
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Public Address/Rhetoric
I chose SJU for many reasons. St. Johns has many opportunities for service at various sites with most organizations, and that’s very important to me. I’m a public relations major and New York is a big area for that, but many colleges in the city had no campus. St. Johns was the perfect fit for being in the city and also having a campus. Once on campus I instantly felt a sense of community, with many people wearing St. Johns clothing a few days a week, it’s obvious that people love being here. It was a combination of all those factors that made me confident in choosing SJU.
My favorite memory as a Johnny was my first midnight run. I heard people talking about midnight runs since my first tour of St. John’s and I knew it was something I wanted to do. I’d done service before, but never with a group so frowned upon by society. It was so humbling to serve the people in need, but to also just talk to them and break down the wall and fear about the homeless population that years of living in New York had built. That was, and still is the most impactful service I have done so far, and has prompted me to continue going on runs.
Since becoming a Johnny I have become much more confident in myself. I now do things that I want to do, regardless of what other people are doing, because I know that what I do has the ability to affect my life positively. I have also become happier overall because I’m doing what I want. In high school I just went along with what my friends were doing even if it made me miserable because I was afraid to be myself, but now I have no such worries, because people have accepted me for just being me.
SJU is literally a family and all the people here will do anything to make sure you are doing your best. There are so many services here to help you in addition to the faculty and even the students, your friends. The students here are very passionate. There are over 280 clubs on campus because everyone has a passion and does everything in their power to share their passion with other students. SJU is one of the most diverse colleges in the country so you’re always meeting people from all different walks of life. This diversity had opened my eyes to all the world has to offer and made me realize how little I actually know about different cultures and religions that I can now be educated in.