Tour Guide at Iona College
Hometown: Mineola, NY
Major: Mass Communication
Concentration: Public Relations
woah, loaded question! My grandfather ('54) and brother ('15) both graduated from Iona College. As a child I have fond memories of coming to basketball games and visiting campus. Hands down one of my favorite parts about Iona is the constant development of the campus. The school puts its students, alumni, and their families in their top priority, and it shows through their rapid growth. Each year the college's faculty and staff listens to the student's concerns and ideas, allowing the campus to stay transparent and accommodate to each person's individual needs. I can always say that I feel like a name at Iona, never a number. Examples of the growth of Iona include the development and addition of the New Residence Hall on North Avenue, the food truck (introduced in 2015), and the announcement of the plans for the Hagan School of Business.
My 21st birthday was on my last freshman move-in day. As a Resident Assistant in a freshman building, it meant the world to watch my new residents move in on their first day at college. The jitters, the excitement, the nervous laughs- it brings you back to the same feelings we all had in that situation. This last move-in day was very powerful for me. One last opportunity to watch these wonderful students grow up to be all that they can be- and having the faith in them to do so. Very thankful for the opportunities provided by this institution.
Simply being apart of it. Iona has given me the opportunity to see the world in so many different ways. Through mission trips, philanthropy events, and traveling excursions, I have been able to see parts of the country and world I would have never fathomed. Iona has allowed me to serve in over 30 states in the U.S., and even brought me to South America to tutor in a community in Bolivia. Just by entering another town or region allows us to be introduced to a variety of different people, ideas, and cultures. Being able to become something more than myself and having the freedom to share those beliefs with other people is how I view the term "Move the World".
I'm really not trying to be cheesy when I say that I thoroughly enjoy every part of campus. As every season changes and each new semester begins, I find myself spending time in a new building, park, community center, residence hall, auditorium, office- and I feel that the people in these locations give me the opportunity to make it my own. I love this campus- this whole campus- with my entire heart. (But for the purpose of the question, I'll say the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is where we (tour guides) meet potential students and their families. I have never had two tours that have been exactly the same, and I love the spontaneity and excitement that each tour brings to the table.