Matthew S.

Team Member at St. John's University

Class of 2019

Hometown: Howell, NJ

Major: Homeland Security

What makes SJU different?

SJU, without a doubt, stands out from the rest. This is extremely evident through the extensive efforts towards ensuring student success. The Freshman Center is unique to St. John's, as it gives students that necessary advisor to make the transition period from high school to college happen seamlessly. This is something I am forever thankful for, because no student will realize how much they need a Freshman Advisor until there isn't one there for you. Another tool on campus is the University Writing Center, which is there for students at any step in the writing process, because at St. John's, writing is a key skill that each student should embody. The University Learning Commons provides students with tutors in any class they are taking. This is highly encouraged by all professors and advisors, as it is an amenity on campus that should be utilized to its fullest potential. Care to learn another language? The Global Language Cultural Center provides help in any language you are looking to learn, and you don't have to be majoring or minoring in it either. All of these organizations are here for the students, their success, and their future.

What's your favorite memory as a Johnny?

As the memories are endless, and they are hard to narrow down, one of my favorites (as their are many) from freshman year would have to be the spring carnival. This yearly event really allows for students to relax and enjoy an awesome day on the great lawn before finals role in for the spring semester. Being able to hang out, laugh and have a good time with friends is the best way to enjoy yourself before the stressful days of finals come around. Just imagine a real life carnival on your own college campus. Rides, games, food. I'm talking about a ferris wheel in the center of campus, and now that is something you definitely cant find elsewhere. What college student doesn't enjoy free games and free food? I am talking about the essentials: popcorn, cotton candy and dippin' dots. As this memory is one of many, I find that it is worth sharing, and I hope you are able to experience it as well.

How have you changed since becoming a Johnny?

Ever since freshman year, I knew St. John's was where I needed to be. Day in and day out I find myself trying new things and meeting new people. Since my first day as a Johnny to now, I am able to see a significant change in myself, one that I am proud to have made. Becoming a Johnny allows you to enter into the community and become part of the family here at St. John's. Everyone is included, and there is always a place for somebody. I have learned countless skills in and out of the classroom, from professors to peers to friends to even those in passing. I continue to give back to the community, which is something I love to do, following in the mission of St. Vincent de Paul. And I continuously see myself growing through my experiences and opportunities I encounter on a daily basis. St. John's has provided me with the tools to becoming a better person, and I see myself striving to be that better person everyday.

Why did you choose SJU?

I chose SJU because of the immense opportunities that come with being a Johnny. Not only opportunities within the classroom but also opportunities within my major, with meeting new people and exploring new places. Taking advantage of these opportunities is key to a fulfilling college experience. Networking is inevitable at St. John's, and it is these connections that will help me to gain internships and in the future land a career in my field of choice. Everyday allows for new people to come into my life, and I am constantly coming into contact with different faces. Everyone is smiling, and trust me, the door will always be held open for you. Traveling the world is in the palm of my hand. Having a campus in New York City itself, Paris, and Rome allows for students such as my self to experience the life and cultures of so many others. Discovering the world does not stop at these three places, as there are a multitude of countries to visit, cultures to experience, and as I stated before, opportunities to be taken advantage of.

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