Tour Guide at Iona College
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Major: Mass Communication
Concentration: Public Relations
Minor: Media, Politics, and SocietyConnect
I chose to attend Iona College because of Accepted Students Day and the Accepted Students Basketball Reception. Both of these events showed me the sense of community Iona truly has. Through my interactions with students, faculty, and staff during these events and other visits I realized there was no other school for me. I have never thought twice since.
One way I feel along with many Iona students I have worked to Move the World is my involvement with Iona in Mission. I have had the privilege of attending two mission trips so far at Iona. My freshman year I went to Syracuse, New York and my sophomore year I went to Boston, Massachusetts. Both of these mission trips gave me the opportunity to work in two different L'Arche communities. L'Arche is an international organization where people with and without disabilities live in community together. Having the opportunity to live and work in community with them taught me so much about myself, my faith, and others. I am going back to the community in Boston this year as a mission trip leader to help encourage other students to Move the World beyond Iona's campus.
I have had so many memories at Iona so it is hard to choose. One of my favorite memories has to be becoming a member of the Student Government Association. Through my involvement in SGA I have been given so many opportunities which include serving on campus wide committees with members of the President's Cabinet and The Board of Trustees, attending mass at Madison Square Garden given by Pope Francis, being a guest at our annual scholarship gala at the Waldorf, and so many more. I have also most importantly been given the opportunity to meet and work with all different students from all over campus and learn how we can make Iona the best it can be.
I have a few favorite places. The LaPenta Student Union is my all time favorite because it is the building that has provided me with so many opportunities and good times. Whether it is a meeting, an interview, or stopping by starbucks (multiple times a day) to talk with friends "LaPenta" as it is known has had a huge impact on my Iona experience. My new favorite place on campus is my room, the RA room on the 5th Floor of the NEW North Ave. Res Hall. With my perfect view of campus and beautiful new amenities it is my favorite place to be.