Michael Lipari, class of 2015, is a junior from Long Island, New
York who is majoring in Adolescent Education with a
concentration in Social Studies. His minor is Classics. He holds a
Presidential Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship award
the University grants. Michael enjoys New York City, and this too
figured in his decision to attend St. John’s. The Honors Program
and the opportunities it offers sealed the deal for him.
As an avid student of history, Michael took full advantage of
the many historical walking tours the Honors Program provides
during his freshman year, exploring New York City from the Lower
East Side to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters. Michael also
discovered a love for opera when he attend Verdi’s Don
Carlo, one of the Manhattan theatre events the Honors Program
offers free to its members.
Michael has been able to take a number of Honors courses during
his tenure at St. John’s and appreciates the reduced class
size and the attention professors can give to individual students.
Often, these classes have fewer students to comparable
regular sections of the same course.
Using the Honors Commons provides Michael a special quiet place
to study, relax, or catch up with other students in the program.
It directly connects with the University Learning Commons,
where Michael is a tutor assisting students in history and
philosophy. As a student in the School of Education and a future
teacher, Michael is gaining confidence and practical experience
even before acquiring his formal practice teaching field
experience. No surprise, but Michael has discovered already
that he greatly enjoys teaching, the profession in
which he intends to make his life’s work.
Michael has also found satisfaction in St. John’s Vincentian
tradition of service by joining the Vincent and Louise
House. Named for St.Vincent DePaul (founder of the
Vincentians) and St. Louise de Marillac (who founded the community
of sisters known as the Daughters of Charity), the “House” is a
group of fourteen St. John’s students who strive to embody the four
pillars of faith: simple living, spirituality, community, and
service. Through this community, Michael has acquired what amounts
to a second family while serving at sites such as St. Nicholas of
Tolentine’s men’s shelter and the Church of Our Lady of the Isle in
Long Beach, New York. His service began after Hurricane Sandy
An undergraduate in the School of Education,
Michael is a member of the Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society,
the STAR group (which pairs upperclassmen with incoming freshmen to
guide them through their first year at St. John’s) and Dean’s
Scholars, an elite group of student ambassadors who embody what it
means to be a student at St. John’s.