Gifts in Action

Fulfilling the Promise

Every one of our nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students holds promise. Gifts from donors like you ensures Fairfield can fulfill that promise for each young man and woman who chose to join our Stag family. Please read the stories below to get a glimpse of how instrumental your support is to all of our students’ success.

 

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Jamie Bouretis ‘18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Marketing
Minors: Spanish, Education
Hometown: Seaford, NY

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"I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support of Fairfield students allows me to achieve my dreams and always seize an opportunity. I will take your generosity with me for the rest of my life. Education this valuable is a rarity."

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
I came from a very small high school with no diversity and the majority of my classmates had similar view points. Coming to Fairfield, I have experienced inclusion and celebrated differences. During my first year, I celebrated my Greek Easter holiday alongside the Catholic Easter holiday in the Egan chapel. Experiences like this allowed me to be more accepting and open-minded, and I am a better person because of it.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experiences at Fairfield University have been all of the service-learning opportunities. One of my education courses and Spanish courses provided service opportunities alongside students at Cesar Batalla Elementary school. I’ve also participated in service-learning immersion trips to South Dakota and Tanzania. These are unique opportunities not offered at many universities throughout the country.

Honors or awards I have received
I have made the Dean’s List on more than three separate occasions during my first three years here at Fairfield. I plan to apply for Alpha Mu Gamma in January, which is the foreign language honor society for Spanish. I have also maintained a GPA of 3.46.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I believe I have enhanced my college experience by taking advantage of all the activities at Fairfield University. I have studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I am a member of JUHAN (Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network) because I love immersion and serving my neighbors. I am also a part of Colleges Against Cancer and Best Buddies.

My plans after graduation
What I love about the future is its uncertainty. However, at this moment, my post undergraduate plans include applying for a NYC teaching fellowship while simultaneously working to obtain my master’s in education. My main areas of focus are special education and TESOL/ENL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages/English New Language).

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Andre Holloway ‘18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Communication
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Hamden, CT

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"It is truly a blessing to be able to attend Fairfield, and your help makes it possible. This will enhance my future and the futures of my family and loved ones. It means a lot to me to be able to give back, and in the future I will return the favor to another student in need."

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
The core curriculum has altered my overall perspective. The core has allowed me to experience various courses that are different from my major and minor. The courses that are outside of my major gave me knowledge that I have been able to use in my major courses and even in different conversations. It is good to be well-rounded and knowledgeable across different subjects.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
This is my second year as a Resident Assistant and it has had a tremendous impact on my college experience. Being a Resident Assistant has strengthened my problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and helped me create and maintain lifelong relationships with residents. It is so rewarding to hear from last years’ residents that I was a great RA and that I have had an impact on their first year. Working for the Office of Conference & Event Management has also been rewarding, as I was able to experience being in a supervisory role during the summer.

My plans after graduation
As a senior, I am not sure what I am doing after graduation. I have been considering different graduate school programs, but have also been applying for jobs. Two career goals of mine are to work in Human Resources, preferably in a hospital, or to work in Admissions. I would love a job that allows me to travel, and admissions would allow me to do that.

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Liliana Delmonico ‘20

 

Class: 2020
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Fairfield, CT

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"Thank you for supporting Fairfield University and students such as myself! I have been presented with the most unique opportunities here, and am so grateful I can continue to proudly represent the Fairfield community."

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
As an honors engineering student, I am in a position to take advantage of a plethora of possibilities and build the future that I want to live. Primarily, the strong support system that exists at Fairfield allows me to do just this. Whether it is an upperclassman I bonded with at a club, or a professor who assisted me while I was struggling in a class, the number of resources and amount of guidance I have at Fairfield is endless. It has shown me what a true community is, and is something I hope to carry over in future environments.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My General Chemistry II course was truly a highlight of my first year. My professor was a very dedicated and persistent man whose main goal was to see his students succeed. His passion and encouragement inspired me to continue with my studies in chemistry with confidence.

Honors or awards I have received
Upon my acceptance to Fairfield, I was awarded the Magis Scholarship, the University’s highest merit-based scholarship based on GPA and extracurricular involvement in high school. I am also a member of the Honors Program and serve as a Big-Little mentor through the program. I am a Dean’s List recipient for the past two semesters and have received the Christopher B. Love Student Achievement Award.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am an active member of the Sailing Team, Engineers without Borders, and the Society of Women Engineers. I hold leadership positions in my school’s chapters of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Intervarsity. I also have a work study position at the physics office, and am a research assistant for David Winn, PhD., continuing a physics based project from summer 2017. My intense involvement has allowed me to meet other like-minded students and help me to engage in activities which I am extremely passionate about along with my academia.

My plans after graduation
I hope to secure a job in the biotechnology field after graduation, or attend graduate school.

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Fred Neftin ‘17

 

Class: 2017
Major: Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Closter, NJ

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"I would like to genuinely thank you for your generous support. It has given me the ability to continue my studies at this prestigious University that I am very proud to call home. This support shows how great our alumni network truly is, and I hope that one day I can be a successful alumnus who supports a Fairfield student in pursuing their education. Thank you again and Let’s Go Stags!"

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
Over the course of my college career at Fairfield University, I have been open to many opportunities to develop myself as a leader in ways that I would not have imagined prior to the start of my college career. This journey began as early as my freshman year, where I took the Redefining Leadership course, which taught me all of the different types of leadership styles and the ones that I equated with most. This led me to become a peer mentor for incoming freshman students, as well as an accounting tutor. In addition, the leadership skills I acquired have helped me excel in the classroom when working on group projects and assignments. I hope to continue to develop my leadership skills in the workforce once I complete my Masters in Accounting degree in May of 2018.

Honors or awards I have received
I have been able to graduate Summa Cum Laude by achieving a cumulative 3.94 GPA, as well as a 4.0 GPA in both my Accounting and Finance Courses. I have also been inducted to Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, for being one of the top 5% of students in my Dolan School of Business graduating class. In addition, I have also received the Fairfield University Student Leadership Award for my work as a Peer Mentor, the NJCPA Accounting Scholarship Award, and have been selected as a DSB Graduate Assistant beginning in Fall 2017.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
In addition to my course load, I have been a member of the Fairfield Club Ice Hockey team, where I have played goalie since my freshman year. I have also participated in numerous clubs and organizations that developed my professional career, including the Accounting Club, the Investment Banking Society, and the Cura Personalis leadership program.

My plans after graduation
Prior to the completion of my master of science degree in accounting, I hope to pass all four parts of the CPA exam. After I complete the MSA program, I have accepted an offer with EY, where I will be working in their NYC office.

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Matthew Finnelli ‘17

 

Class: 2017
Major: Accounting
Minor: Mathematics, Accounting Information Systems
Hometown: Babylon, NY

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"Thank you for your generosity. Without you, my experience at Fairfield University would not have been possible, and I would still be attempting to figure out my future plans. The students I’ve met and the professors I’ve been able to learn from have made a lasting impression in my life. And for that, I could not be any more grateful."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
It is pretty difficult to pinpoint just one learning experience to classify as my ‘greatest’ at Fairfield University. I would honestly have to say that the wide variety of classes that I have taken can be deemed my ultimate experiences. Perhaps it’s due to the monopoly project, where fellow accounting majors simulated an entire year of business and created our own financial statements. Or perhaps it’s because of one of my music projects, where we made an entire concept album by recording and manipulating sounds found in the environment. Regardless, Fairfield University is clearly a special and unique learning environment.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
I am very much interested in/involved in sports, especially at Fairfield University. I played just about every intramural sport offered, and I even won championships in co-ed soccer, flag football, and dodgeball. I was also a captain on our club Ultimate Frisbee team, as well as the president of Stags in the Stands, our student fan section for Varsity Athletics. Outside of sports, I was a chair for our Relay for Life event, which is a big fundraiser aimed at raising money for the American Cancer Society, and I even was an accounting tutor for a bit. These, on top of various other areas of involvement, kept me very busy and enabled me to grow in all aspects of life.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List 2013-Present; Beta Alpha Psi – accounting honor society; Beta Gamma Sigma – business honor society; Alpha Sigma Nu – Jesuit honor society; Award for accounting major with highest academic standing 2016, 2017; Bellarmine award – given to graduating senior with highest GPA; PCAOB scholarship award winner.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am an active member of the Sailing Team, Engineers without Borders, and the Society of Women Engineers. I hold leadership positions in my school’s chapters of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Intervarsity. I also have a work study position at the physics office, and am a research assistant for David Winn, PhD., continuing a physics based project from summer 2017. My intense involvement has allowed me to meet other like-minded students and help me to engage in activities which I am extremely passionate about along with my academia.

My plans after graduation
After graduation in May of 2017, I began working towards my MSA, with a concentration in taxation, at Fairfield University. Once I finish this program in May of 2018, I will work for PwC in New York City, as a member of their state and local tax group.

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Emma Antoine-Portinari ‘20

 

Class: 2020
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Lancaster, NH

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"I am deeply appreciative of your support. Without it, I would not be fortunate enough to experience the many amazing things the University has to offer. I look forward to my future at Fairfield, furthering my education, and pursing my dreams."

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
By coming to Fairfield University, I have been exposed to things I’ve never experienced before, and I’ve had the opportunity to partake in things I never thought imaginable. I’ve expanded my knowledge beyond what I thought possible, and I look forward to continuing to expand my horizons.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite class thus far was my first Major course, General Psychology. I was fortunate enough to be placed in a class of other aspiring psychology majors who pushed me to expand my knowledge and speak-up in class. As well, our professor was so passionate about the topic that I found myself engaged in every lecture. It helped to reinforce that I had chosen the right major for me and that I was on the right path for my future.

Honors or awards I have received
I made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters by maintaining a GPA above 3.5.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am a member of a few different clubs at Fairfield University, including the Dance Ensemble. I have been dancing since I was three years old, so I decided to continue this passion while attending college. I love having the opportunity during my week to take a break and go to dance class. I also enjoy that I get the chance to show off my hard work at our Spring Showcase. Additionally, I have a job on campus at the RecPlex where I work as a supervisor. Becoming a New Student Leader on campus has definitely enhanced my college experience the most. I have seen myself grow tremendously within the past few months. I am much more confident in myself and my abilities, and have seen myself grow as a leader and mentor. I love working with first-year students and teaching my First Year Experience section. I have gained a whole new Fairfield family by meeting other students who I probably wouldn’t have had the chance to meet if it had not been for this program.

My plans after graduation
I am still in the process of deciding what I want to do after college. At the moment, I am considering either a career in developmental psychology, or in a field that incorporates both psychology and business.

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Sophia Bolanos ’18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Psychology
Minors: Spanish, Latin and American Studies
Hometown: Meriden, CT

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"My internship in Leon, Nicaragua this summer was unbelievable and it would not have been possible without your support. After spending a month working with amazing individuals, I feel inspired, motivated, and excited to pursue my goals. The trip reassured me that my passion truly lies in mental health and children. I will be applying to graduate programs that focus on clinical psychology. Thank you for adding such a powerful experience to my college career at Fairfield University."

I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Leon, Nicaragua as an intern for the New Haven Leon Sister City Project. The New Haven/Leon Sister City project was founded in 1984 with the mission to promote social justice. They work to support education and sustainable development in the communities of Nicaragua. The work I was involved with was specifically focused on providing for the people living in the rural communities of Goyena and Troilo. These communities are located just 30 minutes away from the city of Leon.

Most of my time was spent with the Rural Education Program that targeted students from first grade up to sixth grade. This is an after-school program that aims to enhance the material the students have already been exposed to and to expose them to more material that will better prepare them for their next level of education. This program also offers the children one meal a day to ensure that they can focus during the program. I spent most of my time working as a teacher’s assistant, helping facilitate any activity that the teacher had planned. I helped the children with their math, reading, and writing skills. During my last two weeks in Nicaragua I facilitated an activity with the older children. I read to them the first part of a story that subtly touched upon the topic of sexism and sexual assault, then asked them to use their imagination to finish the story. I also asked for their thoughts on the part of the story that was read to them. What I learned was incredible and, I believe, a very accurate reflection of the societal norms in Nicaragua regarding the treatment of women. I hope to later investigate this further and write a report on my observations.

I also worked with the Domestic Violence Prevention Program. Once a week, around seventy women from both communities of Goyena and Troilo got together to attend a workshop hosted by an experienced sociologist on the topics of sex and gender. The aim of these continuous workshops is to break down the social norm of abuse against women. I, along with three other volunteers, were there to facilitate a few workshops and help develop activities that would engage the women that attended.

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Brian Gozzo ‘20

 

Class: 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Physics and Mathematics
Hometown: Weymouth, Massachusetts

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"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to continue my education as a mechanical engineer."

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
Fairfield University has had a major impact on my life so far. From move-in day last year to helping first-year students move in this year, I have developed a massive respect and understanding for Jesuit values. It influenced me to pursue a leadership position as a Resident Assistant for the first-year students. I plan to stay involved with this position for the rest of my time here at Fairfield.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite class so far at Fairfield must be the Intro to Engineering class that I took in the fall semester of freshman year. In this class, we were introduced to the different types of engineering. The final project for this class was easily the best part: design a device that would “walk on water”. Each group raced their designs in front of the whole engineering department to determine whose was the fastest.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List Fall 2016, Dean’s List Spring 2017, Resident Assistant

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Intramural Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Librarian Work Study.

My plans after graduation
While still enrolled at Fairfield, I plan to acquire an internship at a major engineering company. Hopefully they will offer me a job after my graduation.

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Eric Austin '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Finance
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Northford, CT

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"Thank you so much for your generosity. I cannot explain how grateful I am for your help financially to continue my education at Fairfield University.”

What I most enjoy about Fairfield University
I love the privilege of competing for Fairfield University as part of the Men’s Golf team. Playing golf has always been something that I loved but playing for my school has increased my passion for the game. What I enjoy the most is the relationships that I have made with my teammates. They have defined my experience at Fairfield.

Honors or awards I have received
I have been named to the Dean’s List for every semester. During my freshman year, I received the Coaches Award for Men’s Golf and was named to the All-New England Team. I was named captain of the Men’s Golf Team my sophomore year.

My plans after graduation
I plan on going into corporate finance upon graduation with the possibility of continuing my education by obtaining a Master’s Degree.

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Benicat Benoit '19

 

Class: 2019
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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"I would like to say thank you for thinking about students like me. So many of my peers from high school did not take the chance to apply to prestigious schools such as Fairfield University due to their income. I was bold enough to apply. There are people willing to help dreamers achieve success! I am grateful for your act of kindness and I can only hope that someday I can be someone’s angel, just like you are for me."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My professors are more helpful than I ever could have imagined. Students are always welcome during office hours, and if the time is not convenient, you can suggest your own. Peer tutoring is another resource that helped me a lot during my freshman year. I was having a hard time with one class, so I reached out for more help. With both resources, I was able to improve my grades.

My other interests
I am a member of the Society of Women in Engineering. I truly enjoy being with other women who share the same passion as me. We have fun activities such as volunteering in neighboring public schools in order to encourage little girls to choose this career path. Often times we have quality times where we get to learn more about each other. There is always something on campus for someone or for a group to do.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
One of my Engineering professors has inspired me the most. He truly cares about me doing my best and makes sure that I know about every single opportunity that relates somehow to my major. I do not feel judged when I tell him about how I am struggling in a certain subject. So far, he is the best advisor I have ever had in my entire life and I truly appreciate his effort to better the School of Engineering.

My plans after graduation
My plans after graduation are to continue with my education by attaining for a master’s degree. I would be very happy to work at a company where I get to better the skills that I learned at Fairfield University. I also wish to start saving for my dream school in my home country Haiti to share the successful teaching style that I acquired from Fairfield University.

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Michael J. Harding '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Politics
Minor: International Studies
Hometown: Elkins Park, PA

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"Thank you very much for contributing to my experience here at Fairfield University. I am very grateful for your generosity and support on my journey here."

What I most enjoy about Fairfield University
The best part about Fairfield University is being able to appreciate the foundational Jesuit ideals of the community. These ideals have shaped who I am as a member of the community, and have made my experiences with other students, faculty and staff memorable.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
I’m very interested in social justice activism, politics and humanitarianism. These interests have inspired me to get involved in a number of student leadership positions in various clubs and organizations on campus. I'm Student Leader of the Racial Justice is Social Justice activism group and a Fairfield University Student Association Senator. I am also a member of the Bias Response Team. Through these experiences, I’ve been able to network with faculty, staff and administration, as well as become friends with students from various walks of life.

Honors or awards I have received
I am a Magis Scholar, a member of the Fairfield University Honors Program and a Dean’s List Honoree. I'm also a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honors Society and the Fairfield University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. I recently received the Christopher B. Love Academic Achievement Award, the Distinguished Social Justice Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award. I also received the MLK Ripple of Hope Scholarship and the English Department’s Eloquentia Perfecta Award.

My plans after graduation
I am currently considering either going to law school, or going to school to earn my Masters in Public Administration. I want to be a community activist and hopefully serve my country as a U.S. Senator, or work in the White House or the United Nations.

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Katherine Fogarty '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Elmwood Park, NJ

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"I want to genuinely thank all those who contributed to my education at Fairfield University. With your help I am able to spend the best years of my life at the institution I love. Fairfield has given me the most amazing friends, countless career opportunities, and continues to help me develop qualities allowing me to succeed in life."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
Fairfield University has greatly increased my sense of ambition. I have learned that it is possible to achieve anything you want, but it truly depends on how much effort you are willing to put forth. Knowing this will allow me to move forward in life with the awareness that nothing is out of reach if I make it my priority.

Honors or awards I have received
I have been on the Dean’s List, received the Bellarmine Scholarship, and am a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society.

My other interests
I am a member of Stags in the Stands and I play co-ed intramural soccer and softball. I am also a member of PLAG (Play Like a Girl), which is a fitness-centered club that allows me to stay in shape while also socializing with my peers in an empowering environment. My interest in accounting, along with my hard work, has given me the opportunity to begin my career at PwC as an assurance intern in New York City this summer.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member has most inspired me
My Information Systems professor is one faculty member whom I have found greatly inspiring. His enhanced knowledge of business, engineering, and advanced technology made his class extremely interesting. I hope that throughout my education and career I will meet others like him.

My plans after graduation
After graduation I plan to stay at Fairfield for a 5th year in the accounting program to work towards becoming a CPA. Then I hope to work at start my career in public accounting at PwC after interning.

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Domonique Jackson '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Politics, American Studies
Minor: Black Studies
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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"I would like to take the time to sincerely thank you for your support. Fairfield has provided me a wealth of experiences that are unmatched! For that, I am truly thankful. It is my hope to give back to students in this same way so that they too can succeed in their educational endeavors."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My greatest learning experience at Fairfield thus far has been in my politics courses. Following the most recent presidential election, my professors have capitalized on the opportunity to explain our political climate in a creative and vivid way. In these courses, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on topics that will be especially relevant for my future and career path.

My other interests
I am involved in a number of on-campus activities. This year I have served as a Resident Assistant in the Leadership through Service living and learning community, as a member of FUSA Senate, as Committee Chair of the Senate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, as a leader on Student Diversity’s first Multicultural Student Retreat, and as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Week planning committee. These experiences coupled with my work experience in different offices on campus have helped me to appreciate all the multidimensional opportunities that Fairfield has to offer.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
I’ve met my fair share of great Fairfield students, alum, faculty and staff, but I think hands down, the most inspirational people at the university work in the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and in the Office of Residence Life. They show significant commitment to social justice work and have a vested interested in seeing us all do well!

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I am planning to either enroll in law school with the ultimate goal of working as a civil rights attorney. My secondary plan is to enroll in graduate school to pursue a degree in social justice education or multicultural studies.

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Christian Kabbas '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Communication
Minor: Public Relations
Hometown: North Providence, RI

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“Words cannot express how thankful I am for your generous investment toward my education at Fairfield University. Your kindness has afforded me another opportunity to educate myself, enjoy my college experience, and work toward a career I’m passionate about. Without your help, I would be unable to attend this phenomenal school. Thank you.”

What I most enjoy about Fairfield University
I love Fairfield for its wide array of opportunities. Fairfield prepares its students to become successful, diverse members of society through its academic core and emphasis on the Jesuit values. In addition, Fairfield has an extensive alumni network, perfect for current students to build up their connections in hopes of landing that big job in the city after graduation. However, despite all the “big” opportunities Fairfield affords its students, campus still has a “small,” tight-knit community feel.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
I partake in multiple intramural sports with my friends on campus. I am also an active member of Theatre Fairfield, the drama program on campus, as a member of the technical crew. In addition, I also serve on the marketing committee for Fairfield University’s chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, my hope is to either land a job at a PR firm, or work for a PR department in the sports or entertainment industry.

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Daniella Musacchio '19

 

Class: 2019
Major: Communication
Minor: French
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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"I feel incredibly thankful for your support which will help me thrive as I continue my studies at Fairfield University. I am truly committed to my education and I am one step closer to my goals thanks to your generosity."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University was becoming a New Student Leader. I attended extensive training sessions, led two orientation groups, and co-facilitated a First Year Experience course alongside a faculty member. Through this experience, I learned so much about my potential to lead and inspire others. Along with discovering more about myself, I discovered so much about my peers and first-year students. This entire experience really opened my eyes to what Fairfield has to offer.

My other interests
On campus, I am a New Student Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and member of the WVOF music team. I also work as a calling officer for Fairfield University’s Student Phonathon as well as an office assistant for the Office of Annual Giving. By becoming involved with these communities I have found some of my closest friends at Fairfield as well as discovered some of my interests and passions. These on-campus jobs have enhanced my communication skills and have made me feel connected to Fairfield beyond the undergraduate population by engaging in conversations with alumni and parents.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school and seeking a full-time job in the communications field.

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Xavier Cole '20

 

Class: 2020
Major: Business – Undecided
Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY

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"I would like to express great gratitude to all the donors for giving me and all other hard-working students like me an opportunity to receive an education at the school of their dreams. I am ever so grateful for their compassion and I vow to turn this scholarship into something that will make my future dreams and aspirations become a reality. Once again, thank you. For without you, attending Fairfield University would not be possible."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University has been my ability to acknowledge by bad habits and come to grips that they must be worked on in order for me to reach my full potential. I have learned that my mistakes are my most important teachers because they teach me discipline and self-control. They allow me to see where I went wrong as a teenager and as an aspiring student. I take great pride in correcting my mistakes.

My favorite place on campus
My favorite place on campus is the Barone Campus Center because there is so much to do there. It is also a place where you can relax, do homework, or attend school sponsored events. Most importantly, the Barone Campus Center has endless resources for students, such as the Academic Career and Development Center, the Office of Diversity, the StagStore, the Dining Hall, etc.

My other interests
My other interests at Fairfield University include playing for sports for different teams. In addition, I also relish making new friends and going to campus sponsored events to spend some down time with my peers and other important staff and faculty members. It has enhanced my experience at school a tremendous amount because I have come to know some of the smartest, funniest, and laid back people on campus. It has made me feel comfortable and more at home than ever before. Furthermore, it enables me to seek advice and help from those around me.

My plans after graduation
Following my graduation in 2020, I plan to attend graduate school here at Fairfield University. Once I receive my Master’s Degree in business, I want to start my career in the corporate world, which will in turn allow me to give back to the school that is helping make my dreams become a reality.

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Carlos Urena '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Software Engineering
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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"Thank you for your generous gifts. Because of your belief in students like me, I now have the opportunity to spend four great years at a great university. I have access to the tools that can propel me to make a difference in this world. I am a step closer to reaching my dreams!"

What I most enjoy about Fairfield University
I love the atmosphere. Fairfield U is a place in which I can challenge myself to become a successful engineer. There are tons of amazing people, resources and opportunities around me. I also really like the fact that Fairfield U is a fun, safe place to relax in as well.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
I play the piano and the drums. Music has really helped me bond with new people. Sports have also brought me closer to people around the campus. As a commuter, it really helps to connect with others as much as possible.  I am a Co-Marketer for the Commuter Student Association.

My plans after graduation
I plan to become a software developer. I want to give back to the community as well, because I know that there are many people that need an extra push to get a higher education.

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Melany Perez '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Marketing
Minor: Visual Arts
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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"I am beyond thankful for your generosity. If it wasn’t for your support I would not have been able to attend such a wonderful school and learn all these valuable lessons that have radically changed my life for the better. You have inspired me to help people with financial need that want to attend college like myself when I have a steady job in the future."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My greatest learning experience at Fairfield is attending a service trip for two years in a row with an organization called Simply Smiles, offered through the University's Center for Faith and Public Life. In this week we ran a summer camp for kids and help in the process of building homes for Native American families in the La Plant reservation. This experience provided me with the ability to think critically, compassionately, and deeper when it comes to marketing. Forming such a meaningful relationship with the residents of La Plant, I came to understand that I don’t want to be just part of the corporate world. Instead I came to understand that I want to use my marketing major for causes that are more meaningful than the common transactional system. I realized that I want to become part of a company who spreads awareness on social problems and environmental sustainability.

My other interests
My interests are the humanities, arts, marketing and psychology. I have volunteer for Simply Smiles in South Dakota. I also have an internship at a cosmetic company in Westport called Faces Beautiful where I have worked to launch a new product. I am also currently in the Marketing Club, where I get guidance and help for my career.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
I have been most inspired by one of my management professors. He strives to teach beyond textbooks, and spends all semester trying to make us understand that we must approach any field of business in a compassionate and sustainable level. Therefore we must learn to defy societal as well as business norms, and learn to treat people and the environment kindly.

My plans after graduation
After I graduate, I am considering working in New York City as part of a marketing creative team, or moving to California to find a job while also trying to be part of a non-profit organization that will allow me to use my new and acquired hunger for helping others.

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Jeff DeJean '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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"I am thankful for your contribution to my education at Fairfield University. With your help I am able to pursue a college education and a chance of achieving my dream. I also met a lot of close friends who I consider part of my family. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to you. "

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
Fairfield University is amazing. The teachers are willing to help the students understand the materials which profoundly help me achieve my goals. Fairfield is the best fit for me because of it small classes which allow me to freely express myself and be able to participate in class.

My other interests
I have been a part of a few clubs on campus, including the Muslim Student Association which allows me to educate myself with another religion and culture. The Engineering Student Association has allowed me to meet and work with engineering students from different disciplines to achieve a common goal.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
My favorite teacher is also my adviser. She teaches several electrical engineering classes and explains the subject in a manner that pushes me to go deeper. She is a very passionate, caring and amazing person. She is always there and ready to help.

My plans after graduation
After graduation I would like to work in an electric company where I can pursue my passion to learn more about renewable energy.

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Brooke Stampfl '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Nursing
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Walpole, MA

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"Thank you is the least that I can say to show my appreciation for your support. It has given me the opportunity to attend the school of my dreams and achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a nurse. As I move closer to accomplishing my goal, I will be reminded of your kindness and selflessness. To show my gratitude, I am determined to be the best I can be by working my hardest."

What I most enjoy about Fairfield University
Fairfield University continuously challenges the students, so there is always room for improvement, pushing me to study harder and manage my time more productively.

My favorite course or teacher
My favorite course at Fairfield University is Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. I learned essential information needed to succeed in my nursing career, making me more confident for my clinicals.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
After the death of my best friend in high school, I became more spiritual so I could try to comprehend the concept of death. I appreciate that Fairfield provides spiritual events for its students. For example, the White Coat Ceremony for nursing students, during which our nursing pins and white coats are blessed by Father Allen, makes my career both an academic and spiritual journey because it reminded me that God will always be with me throughout my career.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan to move back home to Boston and continue to work for one of Boston’s greatest hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I also plan to attend graduate school to earn my Master’s Degree in Nursing.

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Liam Fama '18

 

Class: 2018
Major: Information Systems
Minor: Business Analytics, Economics
Hometown: Milford, CT

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"Your heartwarming generosity has provided me with the opportunity to continue my studies and engagement at Fairfield University and to discover in greater depth my purpose in life in the context of the Jesuit tradition. Truly, thank you for your support!"

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
Undoubtedly, my greatest learning experiences at Fairfield is attributed to the Ten Week Ignatian Encounter I participated in as well as my role as a Resident Assistant in the Ignatian Residential College. The Ignatian Encounter was instrumental in the growth of my faith and clarified, for me, how the Jesuit values may be incorporated into the others spheres of my life such as academics, community service, and personal relationships. My experience as a Resident Assistant has taught me the true value and beauty of servant leadership and how that translates to the betterment of our local community and, in turn, the global community.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
The professors at Fairfield University challenge students to think critically beyond the textbook and to consider the practicality and purpose of the material being studied. For example, in the Systems Analysis & Design course, our class learned how properly engage with a client to determine their needs and that, in short, interpersonal relationships are just as important as the technical skills required. My economics teacher is truly inspiring because he is an economist of both theory and action. In addition to teaching us about the economic development of developing nations from the textbook, he also shared his experience working with communities in developing nations to improve their overall quality of life.

My plans after graduation
Following graduation, my goal is to begin a career in the information technology industry focusing on areas such as process reengineering, database management, and information security. I hope that my contribution in this sector will be beneficial to both the organization I work with and society at large.

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William Smiarowski '19

 

Class: 2019
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Hatfield, MA

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"Thank you to all those who have contributed to the Fairfield University community. With your support I have been able to attend Fairfield and create amazing experiences on campus with professors, faculty, and alumni."

My greatest learning experience at Fairfield University
My greatest learning experience at Fairfield has been my internship as the Marketing and Social Media Intern for Fairfield University’s Academic and Career Development Center. My duties include assisting the staff in all aspects of the marketing plan for the Career Center. While working with the staff of the ACDC, I have learned valuable skills and also networked with current faculty and Fairfield alumni. I already know that this experience will help me immensely in the future.

My other interests and how they have enhanced my experience at Fairfield
I have been a part of at Fairfield include Redefining Leadership and the Compass Fellowship. Redefining Leadership was a semester long freshmen seminar in which we learned and developed ourselves as leaders. Compass Fellowship is a national fellowship that teaches students about social entrepreneurship. This program helped spark my love for small businesses and social awareness. I learned more about my core strengths, how to develop myself in the business world, and how to start my career search.

The Fairfield University alum, student, professor or staff member that has most inspired me
My Principles of Marketing 101 professor inspired me the most. His style of teaching is directed exactly to what I will need in real world marketing. He teaches us current concepts in a fun and effective manner. He has inspired me to change my major from management to marketing. Through his classes I realized my passion for marketing and am so excited to take more marketing courses, specifically with him as my professor.

My plans after graduation
After graduation I hope to work in either Boston or New York. With strong interests in marketing and public relations I would like to work for an advertising agency or event management company. Once I establish my career I also hope to advocate for small businesses. Being from a family that owns small businesses, it is something I am very passionate about. I would either like to start my own small business or work within small business consulting.

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