Why did you choose the University of New Haven?
When I was looking at colleges, I was stuck between another school and the University of New Haven. But when it came down to it: I really liked that there are small class sizes, one-on-one interaction with the professor in the classroom, and open door policies across the campus when help is needed. I enjoy getting to know my professors, having an advisor for my major and minors, and the Fast Track program. I have all the academic and personal support I’ll need for the next two years.
I’m really learning the key aspects of running a business. These include financial management, creative team building, and communication. I’m learning efficiency and the important goals to set in order to be successful in a business.
What was the hardest part about making the transition from high school to the University of New Haven?
The hardest thing for me was learning to live with roommates. I had my own room for the past twelve years, and I was used to having my own space and being well organized. I wasn’t accustomed to having two other roommates who have different cleaning, studying, and sleeping habits. After the first few weeks of transitioning into the college environment, it became second nature, and now it’s weird to go home and have my own bedroom again. The best way to overcome roommate problems is to always have an open mind and understand that everyone is coming from a different place – communication is the key.
What do you like most about the University of New Haven?
I love how easy it is to access different information on campus. For example, I could reach out to the Office of Student Activities if I wanted to address a club, start a club, or join a club; the First Year Success Center if I have any general questions; and the Registrars for information on my transcript. I really like the accessibility and unity of our campus working together to serve the students – it is absolutely perfect.
What extracurricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?
I am a Brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, the incoming President of Rotaract, and a participant of St. Jude Up til Dawn. I am also a Resident Assistant in Westside Hall and a student worker for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
What are your plans for the future?
I originally wanted to be a Financial Advisor, but after taking a few Finance courses my first semester, I realized it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. I decided now that I want to open my own business one day. However, after working with the First Year Success Center and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions during my transition from high school to college, I have found a new career path. It is so rewarding to help a student find where they want to go and what they want to do. In turn, I hope to be an Admissions Counselor, Success Coach, or a College and Career Advisor in high schools. I know it is not directly related to the business field, but I know my degree will help me pursue my dreams regardless.
What is your favorite University of New Haven tradition?
What I think is really awesome is the myth, “Don’t step on the letters”. We have the three big UNH letters in the center of our Maxcy Quad, and as a new student we are told, “Don’t step on the letters, or else you won’t graduate from the University”. I’ve never stepped on the letters and have had nothing but the best experience here, and I’m living the dream. I don’t want to take any risks that might prevent me from graduating from the University of New Haven. Don’t step on the letters!
Do you have any advice for students and their families interested in the University of New Haven?
Make sure that wherever you choose; you’re happy. There’s a feeling when you get to your campus that it’s right for you – you just know. I got out of the car on my first visit to the University of New Haven, and there was a crowd of people around me welcoming me to the campus. I didn’t know a single person in the crowd, but they were clapping, cheering, and drawing me into a place I’ve never been before. Pick somewhere you’ll be happy; pick somewhere you can see yourself being.