September 23, 2010
Although the Fall semester is only a few weeks old, St. John’s
University students have already benefitted from the experiences
and insights of alumni by attending a number of Alumni Insider’s
View…Programs. Designed to help students make the most of their
college years and get a good job after graduation, they offer
alumni an opportunity to return to campus and give students
firsthand information about how to succeed in college and as future
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programs that took place during the past few days included two
separate panel discussions, one for resident students and another
for non-residents, that offered practical suggestions to new
students about how to successfully adjust to the unique demands and
responsibilities of being in college. Another offered students an
opportunity to meet alumni and representatives of the Student
Alumni Association (SAA), an organization committed to ensuring
that students and alumni would be able to engage each other in a
variety of ways.
“The alumni want to help you,” said
Nicole Apps ’14Ed, an outgoing freshman and future teacher
who’s already deeply involved with the Alumni Insider’s
View…Programs. “There’s no better decision than to see what they
have to say to help you make the most of your time at St.
Panelist Jeanette Awai ’08C was happy to point out the
benefits that students will get from becoming part of the SAA.
“Joining the SAA means you’ll get to meet alumni who not only want
to talk to you but are willing to help you get the most out of your
St. John’s experience.”
Sharing some of her own challenges as a student adjusting to
college, panelist Anna Ingraham ’06Ed, ’07GEd informed the students
that she “…was a commuter student during my first two years, and it
was sometimes hard for me to get to my 7 a.m. class. For me, it was
all about time management, and once I was able to manage my time,
everything else worked out.”
Jeffrey Dessources ’04C, ’08G reminded the new resident students
that with a student body as large and diverse as the one at St.
John’s, there are so many things to do that people who enjoy the
same things naturally gravitate to each other. “Going to programs
like this…is a way to help build community,” he said. “You’re going
to meet people who are motivated and have interests similar to
For information about Alumni Insider’s View…Programs on the Queens
campus, please call Mark Andrews, Associate Director, Office of
Alumni Relations at (718) 990-5897 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Alumni Insider’s View…Programs on the
Staten Island campus, please call Nicholas A. Legakis ’97SVC,
’07MPS, Director, Institutional Advancement, Staten Island at (718)
390-4146 or e-mail email@example.com.