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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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Chloe Riven ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Health Communications
Minor: Health Studies
Hometown: Waitsfield, VT

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THANK YOU
“I want to extend my gratitude for your generosity in making my college experience possible. I hold Fairfield near and dear to my heart, as it makes me feel like I am truly at my second home. This just shows that I am having such a life-changing experience, and I will continue to work hard and make a positive difference in the community.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I am thoroughly enjoying my classes this semester, and my grades thus far are reflecting the hard work that I am putting in. I also have time to do the extra things I love, such as playing clarinet in the Fairfield University Symphony Orchestra and working as an Admissions Tour Ambassador. Most importantly, I have time to volunteer in the community. Thus far, the most rewarding service I have undertaken is with the Collegiate Health Service Corps. Along with a few other students from other colleges, I travel to permanent supportive housing communities in Bridgeport each week to work with the resident families, providing them with the programs and services that will increase their quality of life.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experience at Fairfield was Convocation in fall 2017 when my whole class gathered behind Bellarmine Hall. This is still inspirational for me to this day because it demonstrates coming full circle when I graduate four years later in the same spot.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I joined the women’s rowing team, which teaches me to work hard and appreciate constructive feedback on my skills when rowing. It is hard work, but I love how much it pushes me. Along with the rowing team, I am a health and wellness intern for the campus dietician this semester, working on creating wellness days in the dining hall.

My plans after graduation
Currently, I am considering joining the Peace Corps after graduation. I am interested in this program because of my passion and drive to help others and make a positive change in this world, and to be hands on with people in areas that need the most help.

Joan Ruiz ‘19

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

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THANK YOU
“Thanks to your help, I have been given the chance to grow, learn, and inspire at Fairfield University, and will be the first to graduate in my family. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I am truly thankful.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
Fairfield University has a way of challenging its students, not only intellectually but also spiritually. Receiving a Jesuit education has been extremely important to me and it is something that I will value for many years to come. Fairfield doesn’t just create professionals, they create well-rounded individuals. Fairfield truly cares for its students, and that is why I value this school so much.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
During my junior year, I took a service-learning course for robotics. It was a very exciting class and it was the class that I learned from the most. Fairfield students had the chance to interact with high school students from the Bridgeport area to ultimately compete in a robotics competition. We were learning in the classroom, while still giving back to the community through mentorship. I believe this class demonstrated what Fairfield is all about; to give students the knowledge necessary, so that they may be able to apply it outside of school.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
The events and activities at Fairfield have helped me discover and strengthen my skills. Growing up, public speaking was one of my biggest fears, but through the Fairfield Start-up program and several classes, I now love public speaking and will put it to great use after graduation.

My plans after graduation
I have been blessed to be part of several internships during my time at Fairfield. Through these internships, I’ve concluded that I want to be an electrical engineer, working in the energy sector. It is an exciting time to be in the energy sector, as so much is changing.

Colleen Young ‘20

Class: 2020
Major: Communications
Minor: Public Relations and Marketing
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

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THANK YOU
“Sincerely, THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to pursue my Fairfield University education; your support is incredibly helpful to me. Without your generosity, I could not benefit from all that Fairfield has to offer. The older I get, the more I understand that everyone has a choice about how to spend their money. It is very admirable that you have agreed to put your trust in me to succeed. I won’t let you down!”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I am so happy to have chosen Fairfield University, because it provides me the academic and athletic opportunities that I need to be successful today and in the future. I like the small classroom setting because I can really get to know my professors on a first-name basis. The professors are approachable, and this has proven to be very helpful in my academic experience and helped me improve my personal communication skills. As a member of the Fairfield swimming and diving team, I have an added sense of belonging and have been able to develop the time management skills necessary to succeed. The Fairfield University community embraces unique strengths and provides needed support on demand. Every day when I interact with friends, professors, coaches, and peers, I am reminded that I made a great decision in choosing to attend Fairfield.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
In February 2018, Fairfield Women’s Swimming & Diving won the MAAC championship for the first time in school history! Much time, effort, focus, and training was spent aiming to achieve that goal. In addition, I personally won two individual titles, placing third in an event and being part of a winning relay team. The swim team has given me a second family and a home away from home. Celebrating success with my teammates has made my Fairfield experience so much better. Through the coaching leadership, I’ve also been able to help my community in service projects, and I have found this to be personally rewarding.

Honors or awards I have received
I was the Fairfield Female Swimmer of the Year after my first year. I hold several school records for swimming events and American records for Team USA (Paralympic). I am the current MAAC Conference Champion in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. I am the current World Paralympic Champion in the 100m Breaststroke. I was chosen by the World Paralympic committee to take over their Instagram account for a day to highlight Albinism and dispel myths about the condition.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Fairfield secures guest speakers at the Quick Center, and having access to these great events has helped me learn and to be inspired for the future. Diversity is highlighted and we are exposed to many different topics. Such exposure to a variety of viewpoints is of interest to me, as it helps me further define who I am and how I approach each day.

My plans after graduation
Honestly, I have several paths I am considering and I understand that life sometimes throws you a surprise. I am interested in social media and promoting causes through many platforms. My goal is to find a position with a company that challenges employees and recognizes each employee’s strengths. Since I can’t drive, due to being legally blind, I do look forward to a job in a location where public transportation is the norm. I also plan to continue my swimming career.

John Minogue ‘22

Class: 2022
Major: Engineering
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

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THANK YOU
“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend Fairfield University! Without your generous contribution, I would not be able to live at the place I now call home. The brothers, teammates, friends, professors, coaches, and advisors here are unparalleled to anyone I have ever met. I am truly thankful for my opportunity to come to Fairfield, and that’s because of you. Thank you!”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I decided to come to Fairfield because I have a deep appreciation for a Jesuit education. I think the Jesuit mission of creating well-rounded men and women for others is integral as we go out into the world after our four years here. As well, I found a lasting brotherhood among the players on the rugby team and have discovered a dedicated and hard-working group of men that I aspire to be like.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
As a member of the Honors Program, my goal is to maintain a GPA at or above a 3.5. I also plan to join as many clubs as possible, so I can be involved in the Fairfield community.

Honors or awards I have received
I am a member of the Honors Program and am a Magis Scholar.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
The Rugby Club has provided me with a group of friends and mentors who have guided me through my first few months of school. I learned how to manage my time properly, so I could maximize my time for sleep and working out. I am in the best shape of my life and have a balanced daily routine that keeps me on top of my schoolwork and rugby training.

My plans after graduation
At this point, I will discuss possible internships with my advisor to explore my options after I graduate. I hope to get a good job in the field of engineering that will give me the opportunity to have a lasting impact on my community and country.

Luckario Alcide ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Biology
Minor: Humanitarian Action
Hometown: Stamford, CT

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THANK YOU
“Thank you so much for your generous support. I want you to know that I am very grateful for your help and will use the opportunity I was given to pay it forward. My ultimate goal is to help the cycle of positivity prevail within my community. Thank you again for this honor.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
What I enjoy the most about Fairfield is the feeling of a tight-knit community and the development of a second family that does not only apply to my friends, but also includes my professors and the staff. Despite being a commuter, I still feel like I am part of the community and get to enjoy everything Fairfield has to offer academically and for leisure. I always have someone to offer me advice about many things, like helping me choose a course for the semester or offering guidance about clubs I should join. Having such a close network of people in a place like Fairfield has contributed the most to my positive experience.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite class at the moment is my American Social Protest class. The class includes discussions about major literature pieces that deal with controversial issues like slavery, racism, injustice, and prejudice in America. Along with the discussions about the literature, it is also a service learning class which means it requires community service to be completed by students enrolled in the course. As a student in high school, I always enjoyed community service and found it helpful with my ambition to serve members of my community. We traveled to Geraldine Claytor Magnet in the Black Rock area in Bridgeport, CT where we engaged with the young students discussing serious issues like police brutality and injustice over the book, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. A classmate and I led a class discussion about the serious matters of police brutality relating it to the book (It was a success!).

Honors or awards I have received
Rising Stag Award (Redefining Leadership)

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Black Student Union - My membership in BSU has meant a lot to me, as it has helped me with self-identity and allowed me to connect with students at Fairfield who share similar backgrounds and stories.

Fairfield University Student Association (Senator) - My membership in FUSA has also meant a lot, as I get to be one of three representatives of my sophomore class and voice discrepancies of my class and advocate to student congress.

Iracambi, Brazil Research Center Intern (Global Scholars Program Intern) - I was given the opportunity to travel abroad to Brazil and aid in environmental research efforts at the Iracambi Research Center. My one month internship saw me help with a marketing campaign and learn about sustainable agriculture farming methods, and more.

Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network - My membership in JUHAN has been a great experience as it’s contributed to my goals of performing humanitarian aid. Over spring break of last year, I was able to go to Abilene, Texas and work with refugees who fled their home countries, such as Uganda, Congo, Syria, and many more, to find opportunities in America. The experience in Texas was very meaningful and I plan on returning again with more of my friends who now are interested due to my positive experience.

My plans after graduation
My post-grad plans are to attend a school with a physical therapy program like Marist, Sacred Heart, Springfield, or others to get certified to practice. Ultimately, I want my work in physical therapy to benefit the unfortunate and use my experience to help as a Humanitarian aid.

Iris Johnson ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Nursing
Major: French
Hometown: Bridgewater, MA

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THANK YOU
“To say I am thankful would be an understatement. I simply cannot find the right words to express how grateful I am, other than to say I am blessed to have your support. You are making my dreams come true, and making experiences I otherwise would not be able to have possible. Thank you for being my light, and making my college education a reality for me.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
Fairfield offers exceptional academics, which was an important aspect in my decision to attend this University. I find all of my classes to be extremely interesting, challenging, and essential learning experiences to my education, as not only a nurse, but as a well-rounded liberal arts student. The community on campus has been extremely welcoming, and I feel as though I have found my place here.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
Although, I am a nursing major, and all of the courses I have taken so far have made me excited for the future, my favorite class at Fairfield is French. I find the language to be truly beautiful, and I enjoy the challenge of learning the language because I believe it will make me a better healthcare provider. I look forward to using French in my nursing practice and making myself an advocate for the clients I meet throughout my career who need a voice, especially in the United States.

Honors or awards I have received
I am proud to say I have continued to maintain my status on the Dean’s List throughout my time at Fairfield.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Some interests that have shaped my time at Fairfield include the Ignatian Leadership Residential College, Student Nurses Association, Colleges Against Cancer, and the Cura Personalis Mentor Program. I feel each experience I am granted at this University has allowed me to expand on my growth and development as an individual, and participate in programs that embody my core values and beliefs. I hold the time and opportunity I have at Fairfield as sacred, and truly a blessing; therefore, I am thankful.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I see myself working abroad in an underserved population, and if I am fortunate, this will be in a French speaking country. I also wish to continue my education to become a nurse practitioner.

Phuc Nguyen ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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THANK YOU
“Thank you so much for trusting in me, and giving me such an invaluable gift that motivates me to succeed in my academic career. With your help, I am even more confident in exploring and utilizing the great resources that Fairfield University offers. I promise to make the most out of this wonderful opportunity you have given me.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I have been in love with the academic environment at Fairfield since I was a first-year student. Especially, in the School of Engineering, I have had great relationships with not only friends who have similar goals as me, but also with the professors who are very helpful and passionate. They care for each student’s success in class and even meet up personally with them for encouragement. I also love the warm, welcoming environment whenever I am looking for help. Most importantly, Fairfield truly values academically high-achieving, hardworking students by reaching out to them with special scholarships and opportunities that are extremely helpful for students.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My most valuable experience at Fairfield was the Baja Buggy project.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Currently I am a member of the ASME and IEEE student-chapter clubs at Fairfield. Since the spring 2018, I have participated in a research project named Optical Oncology with Dr. Min Xu from the Physics Department. My role is to record data with the microscope and process them with MATLAB. These experiences have really intrigued my enthusiasm in the field of engineering. My perspective about Fairfield’s Engineering Department has changed greatly also. Instead of looking at it as a small engineering school, I see it as a place where there are a lot of opportunities for me to make a big impact. I also do intramural soccer, which is great to keep me healthy and connected with other students with the same hobby. In terms of extracurricular activities, I take part in the Asian Student Association, and last year I helped them set up their biggest event, Flavors of Asia. Beside clubs, athletic and extracurricular activities, I have been working at the Tully Dining Hall as a part-time, on-campus job.

My plans after graduation
My top post-graduate plan is to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering or robotics engineering. Along with that, I will find a job in the field of mechanical engineering, preferably in mechatronics, design or mechanics system.

Alexa Brown ‘22

Class: 2022
Major: Social Work
Minor: Education
Hometown: Trumbull, CT

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THANK YOU
“I just want to thank you for providing me with the opportunity to achieve my goals and strive for success. Without your help, I would not be at Fairfield receiving a tremendous education and creating lifelong friendships. I work hard every day knowing that I would not be here without your assistance. I could not be more thankful for your generosity.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
My route to Fairfield was a little different than most. Fairfield University was my dream school, but I ended up attending another school on a golf scholarship. During my freshman year, I learned the golf program was being eliminated due to budget cuts. I needed to find a new school if I wanted my career as a college athlete to live on. The wish I put out to the world became reality, and I started my sophomore year here at Fairfield as a member of the women’s golf program. This experience so far has been tremendous. I love the atmosphere and making connections with new and successful people every day.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experiences at Fairfield so far have been traveling with my team, and attending other sporting and regular events on campus. I love being a part of the atmosphere that is created by the students here. The camaraderie is amazing, and it really makes me thankful to be a Stag.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List, Athletic Scholarship

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Being a member of the women’s golf team at Fairfield has really enhanced my experience. There is nothing better than being part of a team and playing for your school. Coming in, my teammates and I became friends immediately. We spend a lot of time together throughout the school year, whether we are traveling, at practice, at workouts, or even hanging out on the weekend. Through golf, I have met amazing people and have become part of the Athletics community. The Fairfield Athletics community is one that supports each other, and I am really appreciative of that. I have been guided in the right direction in terms of how I can get involved in Fairfield and how to make the most of my time here.

My plans after graduation
After my four years are completed at Fairfield, I plan to stay for my fifth year and earn a master’s degree in either social work or education. From there, I look to be someone who will assist others. Whether it be by having my own private practice or educating young minds, I look to serve my community in one way or another.

Sophia Chavez ‘20

Class: 2020
Major: Nursing
Hometown: West Haven, CT

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THANK YOU
“I just want to express how honored and grateful I am to have received your support. Because of it, I have been given the opportunity to continue my dream of what I believe I was destined to do, while fueling my motivation to keep striving for the attainment of all my goals. Thank you. ”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
One word… opportunities. Fairfield University goes above and beyond to grant their students access to fulfilling opportunities, whether it is in relation to the career they may be pursuing, events and resources for personal and professional growth, or the chance to take on a leadership role within your student body, the opportunities here are endless and not a lot of individuals get the privilege to say or experience that. Therefore, I am eternally grateful.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
There are so many, but my favorite and most memorable experiences involve my time spent as a Resident Assistant and in my nursing clinical rotations. As a Resident Assistant I serve as an academic, personal, and residential resource for the first-year population, where I am able to build community through building and floor-wide, social, intellectual, and developmental programs. Through both my experiences as a Resident Assistant and a student within clinical rotation, I have gained constant exposure and have been equipped with essential tools necessary for my future career as a healthcare professional. This includes the strengthening of my leadership skills, such as team orientation, effective communication, strategizing, conflict management; the list is endless.

Honors or awards I have received
Hardiman Scholar, C.R. Foundation Nursing Scholar, E. Gerald Corrigan Scholar, Loyola Scholar, Glee Club Scholar

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Being a Resident Assistant has been a great outlet to do what I am most passionate about, and that is be of service to others. In addition, I recently volunteered during an immersion trip with Campus Ministry to Quito, Ecuador and engaged with the Working Boy Center organization. I gained so much exposure and awareness of the culture, ideology, and social injustices, and this experience continued to fuel my aspiration for working with children and pursuing traveling nursing. I feel like it is my responsibility as a future health care professional and as a U.S. citizen to educate myself, so that I can utilize my platform as a future nurse practitioner to make a positive impact both locally and internationally. As a student researcher, I have performed music therapy to determine its influence amongst the cognitively impaired geriatric population. I am also an active member of the Glee Club, the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network, ZAM, Student Nurses Association and hold a Work Study position in Campus Ministry. All of these activities and interests have allowed me to exert the passion within me and have inspired my academic, professional, spiritual, social and personal growth.

My plans after graduation
The passions that I embody, the career that I pursue, and my values and aspirations direct me towards helping others. Therefore, I plan to continue furthering my education after receiving my bachelor’s in nursing to become a nurse practitioner. I plan to one day open my own practice, specializing within pediatrics. My interest in working with children stems from the importance of child development; children’s experiences and environments inevitably impact the individual they will become. To be a provider of care during such a vital part of their life would bring me nothing but honest joy. Furthermore, since I am captivated by exposure to different cultures and ideologies, and am aware of the social injustices within this world, I would like to participate in traveling nursing and create an organization or charity to ensure that individuals have access to quality medical care, in hopes of ending medical disparities and inequalities.

Luke Hardin ‘19

Class: 2019
Major: Economics and Communications
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

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THANK YOU
“I want to first sincerely thank you for providing me with the opportunity to continue my education at Fairfield University. As an individual who enjoys academia and learning new materials, I could not be more grateful for the opportunity. I hope to one day be able to provide the same assistance as you have for me to a future Stag! Your generosity has inspired me to the highest degree, not only to do my very best in academics, but to pay it forward and help others in need of assistance. Your generosity will impact my life forever and I say this with the utmost sincerity. ”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
Having attended another college prior to transferring to Fairfield University, I fell in love with the sense of community at Fairfield. Due to the small class sizes and faculty interaction, I have had a much more immersive college experience at Fairfield.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
One of my favorite classes was, Alcohol, Addiction, and Culture. This service-learning course offered students the opportunity to work with our local high schools in the promotion of a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. I was able to share my personal experience with alcohol during college and how it affected my life. I believe this was the most fulfilling class I have taken during my time at Fairfield. For the first time I felt I was using what I had learned in the classroom to enhance the lives of other individuals and my community as a whole.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List and the National Spanish Honor Society

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
During my time at Fairfield I have taken full advantage of the many resources our campus provides. The first two clubs I joined were the Economics Club and Debate Team. As an individual who thoroughly enjoys macro-economics and engaging in intellectual debates, I found both of these clubs to be an essential and critical part of my development as a person. Furthermore, I have used the resources of the Career Center to obtain internships for both the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, at a private equity firm based out of Norwalk, Connecticut.

My plans after graduation
After graduation I plan to continue my studies at Georgetown University where I will be taking microeconomic theory. After I complete the summer program at Georgetown, I plan to intern at an investment bank either in Boston or New York City. My hopes are that one of these internships will turn into a full-time job opportunity. I have spent several months preparing for interviews and researching the respective banks I would like to work for, and I am confident in the skill set that I have developed at Fairfield to compete and earn full-time employment.

Amy Caplan ‘20

Class: 2020
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics and Health Studies
Hometown: Wallingford, CT

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THANK YOU
“From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for your support. Through Fairfield University I am given amazing opportunities, a great education, and memories that will last a lifetime. Without your help I wouldn’t be able to attend such a wonderful school. In your honor, I promise to continue trying my hardest in my classes and taking advantage of every opportunity given to me, so that I will be prepared for whatever is in store for the future.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I enjoy the clubs most about Fairfield University. Through Engineers Without Borders, I was able to travel to Carmen Pampa, Bolivia and work on a water filtration system. I was able to gain real world engineering experience and explore a new culture! This was an awesome experience and I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without Fairfield’s clubs.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite class at Fairfield University is my biomechanics class where we learn how to apply physics concepts to the body. I enjoy this class because I learn a lot about bioengineering concepts. In this class, we perform many laboratory sessions to learn how to record signals from the body when lifting weights or doing dynamic exercises.

Honors or awards I have received
I have been awarded Dean’s List for each semester of my time here at Fairfield.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
A large part of my life is fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. This passion pushed me to join a club on campuscalled PLAG (Play Like a Girl), and run for an executive position. Through this club I have been able to help others incorporate fitness into their lives, give back to the Fairfield community through volunteer work, and meet many amazing friends. I have met so many amazing people through this club.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I hope to be placed into a job where I can truly make a difference in the world. As a biomedical engineer, I plan to help those who need medical miracles. I am hoping to do work specifically with prosthetics, but my aspirations are constantly changing as I am learning new material.

Shawn Hall ‘20

Class: 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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THANK YOU
“Thank you very much for this opportunity. Without your help I honestly do not know how I would have been able to pursue my education at Fairfield University. So, I greatly appreciate the consideration and opportunity, and I will do my best to do right by your decision. I also hope to go on to help and inspire others, since I want to pay it forward and extend a helping hand. Thank you.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
When I look at Fairfield as a whole, I essentially enjoy that this place has allowed me to experience something new. The University has given me an array of new experiences that I will never forget. If I had not attended Fairfield, I believe I would have missed out on certain opportunities. Thus, I cherish and enjoy what this University has done and what it will continue to do for me.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
The class that I valued most was an Introduction to Engineering class that I took my first semester here. We learned about all of the different types of engineering studies, even if you had already declared a field of study. The class helped you either find the engineering major that was best for you or confirmed your decision. The kicker was the project for the course which was called, “Walk on Water”. The objective of the project was to build an apparatus that would allow you to technically walk on water through teamwork and inevitable problem solving. This was a wonderful experience I will never forget.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am vice president of the Black Student Union, president and co-founder of the National Society of Black Engineers Fairfield Chapter (NSBE), a tour ambassador, Health Center student worker, intramural referee, and a member of the men’s club basketball team.

My plans after graduation
My post-graduation plans are to ultimately find a successful job at an engineering firm, and then to attend and graduate culinary school. In addition to this, I would like to gain my master’s degree in software engineering.

Finnley McGinnis ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Finance
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Phoenix, MD

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THANK YOU
“Fairfield University is an amazing place that I am extremely appreciative to be able to attend. Your generosity helps make this opportunity possible. Fairfield has given me so much. I am not only learning academics and preparing for a business career, but I am learning about life and about myself, and making memories and lifetime friends. I am dedicated to my education and serious about my future. Your support is helping to make my dreams of a Fairfield education come true. Thank you!”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
All my experiences at Fairfield, from athletics to academics to extra-curricular activities and leadership roles, have already greatly influenced my life, shaping the person I have become. The variety of activities and groups available to join at the University have given me the opportunity to meet and work alongside fellow students and professors I would never have met anywhere else. I have learned so much about life and myself. I am an only child and grew up in a tight Catholic family and community where everyone had the same perspective on life. Being a part of the Fairfield community has opened my eyes to a whole different world. The different backgrounds, opinions, and personalities challenged me, but also made me a stronger person, better friend, more accepting, and more open-minded.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I’ve had so many amazing experiences at Fairfield; it’s not easy to describe only one. So, I’ll describe the first experience I had, which was joining the golf team. Yes, playing Division I golf is amazing, but what made my experience so great were the actual players and coach. From move-in day, the team welcomed me to the campus. I just moved here from Maryland and knew absolutely no one. The team introduced me to all of their friends and to other incoming first-year students; they showed me around campus and the town; supported, motivated and mentored me; and ultimately gave me the confidence to succeed in golf and in the classroom. They inspired me to treat others the same way. Being a student-athlete gave me more than I could have ever imagined. Not only was the transition into college a success, I have made a lifetime of memories and friends.

Honors or awards I have received
As a member of the golf team, I have qualified for every tournament in both the fall and spring season. My greatest accomplishment was being named a New Student Leader for the incoming class. The application, interviewing, and training process was a challenge, and it was a great honor to be selected to represent Fairfield and be a role model for first-year students. I was also elected to be a member of FUSA Treasury for the upcoming school year, as well as nominated for a leadership position in the Dolan Partners Program. I am confident all of these roles will enhance my Fairfield experience and strengthen my leadership skills, helping me to ultimately lead a successful career and rewarding, happy life.

My plans after graduation
My immediate plans after graduation is to attend Officer Candidate School for the Navy, where I will be given the working knowledge and training to assume the responsibilities of an officer. Following that graduation, I will combine my experiences and degree from Fairfield University with my officer training to begin a career with the Navy.

Oreoluwa Cherebin ‘19

Class: 2019
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: St. George, Grenada

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THANK YOU
“I would like to thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for your support. I come from a very small island and moving here for school was something I had always dreamed of, but was not necessarily something I could do on my own. Fairfield has made so many opportunities available to me and I could not be more thankful for my time here.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
I enjoy the small classes especially within my major, and being able to form relationships with my professors and fellow chemistry and biochemistry majors.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experience at Fairfield was winning the MAAC Swimming & Diving Championship last year with my team for the very first time in school history. We placed sixth the previous year, so it was quite the accomplishment. Swimming helps me with my time management in the classroom as well.

Honors or awards I have received
MAAC All-Academic Team

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am an active member of the Black Student Union, the Chemistry Club, and also a third semester Resident Assistant.

My plans after graduation
I have applied to master’s programs in analytical chemistry, and plan to either apply to dental school after or pursue my PhD with hopes of working in the industry.

Kevin Kryzwick ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Management
Minor: Film/TV Production
Hometown: Burlington, CT

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THANK YOU
“I truly appreciate your support and am honored to receive such a generous gift. It means so much to know you are supporting me on my journey to academic and professional success. Because of you, my time at Fairfield can be even more memorable and impactful. I am so grateful for your kindness and generosity. Thank you.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
My favorite part about Fairfield University is the countless opportunities available to me and the people willing to support me in achieving my goals. From finding internships to the availability of numerous clubs, Fairfield truly gives me every chance to find what I want to do and succeed in whatever path I choose. The faculty and staff are extremely friendly and make it their goal to ensure my time here is well-spent and enjoyable. I love it here!

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experience, thus far, at Fairfield was participating in Senior Week. From the day final exams ended to the day of graduation, I was teamed with a group of fellow underclassmen to create the best possible time for the seniors’ final days here. The week was filled with hard work and early mornings, but I met so many great people, and had too many laughs to count. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

Honors or awards I have received
Currently, I am a part of the Honors Program, a curriculum dedicated to integrating multiple disciplines. I am also very proud to have a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
Some activities I am a part of at Fairfield include playing Club Volleyball and being a marketing coordinator for the Fairfield University Student Association. I am interested in learning about different career possibilities, and participating in internships to learn more about a specific field. So far, my internships have led me to experience philanthropy with the Main Street Community Foundation and television with the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in New York. I enjoy learning more about myself and who I am called to be, which led me to be a part of the Ignatian Residential College, a program revolving around self-discovery and faith.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I would love to work in New York at a production company. Eventually, I would like to earn my MBA and perhaps start my own business.

Gillian-Claire Tan ‘21

Class: 2021
Major: Mathematics
Major: Economics, Communication
Hometown:Milford, CT

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THANK YOU
“I am sincerely grateful for the time I have had at Fairfield so far. I have been able to truly find myself through the learning experiences I have had and the connections I have made. I am and will always be thankful for your kindness and support.”

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
One thing that I love about Fairfield is the sense of community on campus, as well of the variety of clubs and organizations that are available for students to get involved in. I also love the strong academics that Fairfield offers. I appreciate the emphasis on providing a well-rounded education.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
One of my favorite classes has been Applied Calculus 1. When I first came to Fairfield, I was undecided on my major and unsure of what I wanted to do in the future. This class helped me realize how much I enjoy mathematics, and I eventually decided to declare my major in it.

Honors or awards I have received
I am a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the Foreign Language Honors Society for Spanish. Also, I am proud to have qualified for the Dean’s List my first three semesters of college.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
One of the clubs that I love being involved in at Fairfield is the Glee Club. It has given me a chance to not only continue my interest in singing and music, but also to meet other students on campus who enjoy the same interests and passions. I am also part of the Ignatian Leadership Residential College, which has given me the opportunity to connect with students with shared values, as well as reflect on my own life and time at Fairfield.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan to find a job that combines my passion for both mathematics and economics.

Stefania Vendrella '20

Class: 2020
Major: English
Minor: Educational Studies and Psychology
Hometown: West Haven, CT

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“THANK YOU
I would like to thank you for your generous support. I am very grateful you have given me the opportunity to continue to pursue my passions at Fairfield University. I appreciate this gesture and I can assure you I will continue to work hard and strive for excellence. ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
I enjoy having the opportunity to form close connections with my professors and peers while networking all throughout campus. I love how our Jesuit values are implemented into our learning which allows me to connect them back to my daily lifestyle continuously. I truly enjoy being able to give back to our surrounding communities and appreciate that they give back to our university. The experiences I have been a part of on and off campus have shaped me into who I am and who I am becoming. I am so grateful that our Jesuit education consistently allows me to grow as a person. Fairfield University is my home away from home and I am so proud to be a part of Stag Country!

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I have taken many interesting courses that have been taught by wonderful professors. Based on my experiences, my favorite courses are defintely my education courses. The first course I could take for my Educational Studies minor was Explorations in Education. In this class, I was able to travel to a local elementary school, Cesar Batalla and gain hands on expereince working with teacher and students. This class opened my eyes to truly see what it takes to be an elementary school teacher, thus helping me to soldify my dream of one day filling that position.

Honors or awards I have received
During my past two years, I have worked hard to achieve success academically and earn leadership positions in clubs or organizations’ I am proud to take part in. I have successfully made the Dean’s List for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, and I will continue to work hard to achieve this goal. I have been a teacher intern for my Psychology and Law class and a Service Learning Associate for a teaching and writing course. During these positions, I could directly apply techniques I was learning and observing in my Education courses. Also, I recently have been selected as the Play Like a Girl Executive Assistant and member of the Executive Board for the Tour Ambassador program. These leadership positions allow me to take initiatives and make sure these programs continue to succeed.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
One experience that has enhanced my college experience and overall career was my internship with the Connecticut Writing Project. Dr. Crandall, a professor in Fairfield’s Educational Program, and Director of the Connecticut Writing Program, hired me to create lesson plans, execute mini lessons in the classroom, and collaborate with teachers focusing on literacy and language. I am forever grateful for this opportunity, hand-on experience, and I look forward to my ability to continue to grow within this program during Summer 2019.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan to teach at a local elementary school. My dream job is to teach third grade; however, I would be delighted to teach any elementary grade. My long-term goal is to one day become a Principal for an elementary school.

Trenton Moore '19

Class: 2019
Major: Accounting & Finance
Hometown: Stratford, CT

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How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
My Fairfield experience has altered my overall perspective greatly. One of the major aspects that changed my view is being exposed to people from different races and different beliefs. This experience truly broadened my outlook of the world. Through Fairfield I am able to interact with different people and learn new and fascinating things every day that I feel I would not have be exposed to anywhere else.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I consider several professors as my favorites and I cherish my relationships with them greatly. These professors were more than just teachers to me, they served as my mentors and helped me grow during my years at Fairfield. Along with the professors, other administrators in the Dolan School of Business also contributed to my success at Fairfield. They provided me with numerous opportunities to help me better myself as a person and professional and I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today without their support.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List, Beta Alpha Psi (National Accounting Honor Society), and Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society)

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I’ve had the opportunity to explore the following experiences through Fairfield: President of Bowling Club, intramural basketball, summer internship with PwC, winter internship with Morgan Stanley, member of the Dolan Student Advisory Committee (DSAC), and member of the Dolan Partners Program.

My plans after graduation
My plans after graduation are to either attend graduate school to achieve a law degree or gain my 150 credit hours to begin preparing for the CPA exam. If I do not attend graduate school right after graduation, I plan to work at either one of the “Big 4” accounting firms or an investment firm for a few years to gain work experience, then attend graduate school.

Daija Solano '20

Class: 2020
Major: Communications and International Studies
Minor: Humanitarian Action
Hometown: New York, NY

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“THANK YOU
No words can describe how appreciative and thankful I am for your support. It encourages me to continue to challenge and push myself to continue to learn and be a woman for others. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
I decided to attend Fairfield University for its rigorous curriculum, small class sizes, wonderful faculty, proximity to home, and the many opportunities for the future. Everything that I came for has proven to be true and then some – I have made strong connections with my peers and found mentors that act as a support system.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I have been able to be a participant in many intriguing, mind-provoking classes. However, my favorite class has been People, Places, and Global Issues. This class has given me a better geographical grasp of the Middle East and Africa, which satisfies me because I am an individual who wishes to touch ground at every possible place in the world.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
My experience at Fairfield has been shaped by my involvement on campus. My role as a manager of the Women’s Basketball team keeps me involved in a lost love, basketball, while also helping to develop and polish my ability to handle responsibility. Similarly, my involvement in the Remixx Dance Team challenges my passion for expression through dance while also creating a familial environment. In addition, my role as a C.A.R.E (Community Advocate and Relationship Educator) leader has allowed me to grow as an individual.

My plans after graduation
My plan after graduation is to continue my path in higher education by pursuing my master’s degree. Then, I want to work for a non-governmental organization in the Middle East so that I can learn Arabic and gain field experience. Once I am familiar with Arabic, I will apply to the United Nations.

Murdo Smith '20

Class: 2020
Major: Economics
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Farmington, CT

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“THANK YOU
There are no words to describe the level of gratitude I have for your generosity. You have genuinely enhanced my experience as a student at Fairfield that would not be possible without your support. I sincerely appreciate the kindness you have extended and the impact you have had on my life. ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective:
Since I have been at Fairfield, I think I have learned more about myself than I have in all of my life before Fairfield. The most important piece of my Fairfield experience has been my growth as a leader. Between academics and extracurricular interests, I have a busy schedule that has encouraged me to work harder than ever. As a result, I have grasped a far better understanding of where my true priorities are and what I genuinely value in my life.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University:
So far, my favorite class at Fairfield has been Minds and Bodies, a course in the Honors Program. This class forced me to think critically about how humans compare to the rest of life on Earth and what makes us unique. This was especially intriguing to me because I learned much about life on Earth that I was previously unaware of and also gained new perspectives as to how humans fit into the big picture. This course was a real eye-opener and I came to appreciate that when reflecting back on the course.

Honors or awards I have received:
Honors Program, Magis Scholar, Dean’s List

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
This year, I was a resident assistant for first-year students in Campion Hall. This role has tremendously enhanced my college experience in the sense that I know I have had a positive impact on the lives of many students during their first taste of a college lifestyle. In addition to this, I am also vice president of the Economics Club. This has helped me continue my role as a leader on campus and helped me extend my interest in economics outside of the classroom.

My plans after graduation
Following graduation, I do not have any definite plans in place. I am interested in attending grad school to gain a more in-depth understanding of Economics. I am currently looking into a variety of internships at insurance companies and several other different types of firms where I would be involved with financial analysis or wealth management.

Huseyn Mustafabayli

Class: 2019
Major: Finance
Hometown: Baku, Azebaijan
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How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
As an international student I can certainly say that Fairfield University is a great fit for me. When I was applying to various universities I was looking for a specific school that would challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, a school where I could pursue intensive studies while making lifelong friends, and that would train me for a professional life. I found all of these traits and more during my three years at Fairfield University.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I will undoubtedly say that every class that I took at Fairfield University had a positive impact on me as a person. But, my favorite class was “Introduction to Management.” This class made me feel like I was already part of the professional world. Every class of “Introduction to Management” was exciting for me.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I have been a part of a few clubs on campus, including the Finance Club. Throughout the semester, the Finance Club held various meetings and brought interesting speakers to talk to members. All of the professionals that came to speak to us shared their knowledge and experience outside of Fairfield and in the finance world.

My plans after graduation
I am considering continuing my education by attending graduate school.

Natalia Nawrocka '20

Class: 2020
Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies and Spanish
Hometown: Fairfield, CT

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“THANK YOU
I would like to personally thank you for your support. With your help, I have been able to attend school, meet lifelong friends, get individualized attention in classes, and make memories that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Thank you for allowing me to pursue my dreams of having a successful career in my future. ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
My experience at Fairfield has altered my perspective because it has made me become a more caring leader. I have been educated about Jesuit values which have inspired me to strive to be a better person and help others.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite class has been Human Physiology because it focuses on the body a lot more than the core general biology classes. I want to be a surgeon and the topics discussed in this class are similar to those that I will learn in medical school.

Honors or awards I have received
I am a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the Foreign Language Honor Society for Spanish, and was also on the Dean’s List.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am a member of the Commuter Student Association and Fairfield Connect. I enjoy volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital by performing rounds and helping patients. Over the summer, I had the privilege of shadowing a doctor with her patients and in surgery.

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I hope to be fortunate enough to attend a medical school to further pursue my dream of being a trauma surgeon.

Alec Melotto '19

Class: 2020
Major: Biology
Minor: Health Studies and Spanish
Hometown: Fairfield, CT

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"THANK YOU
Your contribution to my education will allow me to continue to focus on learning and growing as a Fairfield University student. I pledge to continue to do my best in all aspects of my college career and look to develop my whole person (mind, body, and spirit). I truly thank you for your generosity! "

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
Prior to attending Fairfield University, I was unsure about what I wanted to accomplish in life. I attended Accepted Students’ Day, where I found myself at the Dolan School of Business’ presentation, and I immediately found my direction. During the last couple of years at Fairfield I have been led on a path that I know is right for me. The faculty and staff have helped me realize that I can accomplish anything that I set out to do. My experience at Fairfield has shown me how much the world has to offer and that I have the ability to be successful and truly make a difference in my community.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
I have had many incredible classes and professors during the past few years. One class that has left a lasting impact on me was my Marketing 101 class. The professor’s knowledge of the subject matter and the care he had for every one of his students was remarkable. Every lecture was enjoyable, and the end of the semester project was unlike any project I had ever done. I developed skills in the field of marketing but also in how to market myself as a young professional.

Honors or awards I have received
Magis Scholarship, Bellarmine Scholarship, Dean’s List, 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Award, and Alpha Sigma Nu

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I am a member of the Fairfield University Division 1 Swim Team and on the NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Being a student-athlete has shown me how to manage my time wisely, to persevere in the toughest of situations, and to strengthen my communication and teamwork abilities. One of our team activities includes teaching swim lessons, which has been a wonderful way to get involved in the Fairfield community. In addition to swimming, I am a Eucharistic Minister through Campus Ministry. I have attended retreats and helped with toy drives during the holidays. It has been very rewarding to strengthen the bonds I have made with other ministry students and with God. Faith has played a very important role in my college experience.

My plans after graduation
I have accepted an internship offer with Deloitte for the summer of 2018 and hope that this will lead to a potential job after graduation. I plan to continue by education and pursue a fifth-year Master’s in Accounting to help me prepare for my CPA exams.

Arlette Medina '20

Class: 2020
Major: Business Undecided
Minor: Italian Studies
Hometown: San Juan, PR

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“THANK YOU
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I don’t know how I can express more gratitude to you for making this possible. It motivates me to keep polishing myself as an ethical and responsible person, ready to face the world and the challenges to come. It’s a motivation to keep pursuing my studies and do the best that I can. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity. ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
Fairfield University gave me the opportunity to make my high school dream of studying outside of Puerto Rico possible. Going to live in a new environment far away from home sounded scary, but after my first year at Fairfield I can say it helped me develop a stronger sense of self. Now, I see myself as a woman who looks for challenges or as the Jesuits would say, looking for “more.” Fairfield has incited my desire for knowledge.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
My favorite experience at Fairfield University was bumping into Italian language Professor Sara Díaz in a study abroad information session in September 2016. The following month, I had the crazy idea of taking an Italian placement test and taking Elementary Italian II without any prior knowledge of Italian. I went to her office and she encouraged me to do it. This moment reiterated that Fairfield professors are there for the students. I placed in and chose Professor Díaz as my Italian professor. She made the class become my favorite at Fairfield.

Honors or awards I have received
Dean’s List and Magis Scholarship recipient

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I was nominated for the College of Arts & Sciences Bellarmine Scholars program to study abroad in Florence, Italy. This was the most amazing opportunity I’ve had with Fairfield so far. It broadened my horizons and confirmed that I belong in today’s world. My career must be global! Also, being a member of the Fairfield University Martial Arts team has shown me that I don’t have to change who I am to be accepted.

My plans after graduation
I want to apply to graduate school for an MBA and continue my studies in foreign languages. In the long term, I see myself either managing a global company or being the entrepreneur of an international equestrian stable.

Kaitlyn Nelson '19

Class: 2019
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Milford, NH

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“THANK YOU
Thank you on behalf of both myself and my family for this amazing contribution to my education at Fairfield University. These years have been incredible and filled with great experiences and even better people. I am so grateful that with your help I am able to complete my education at Fairfield, which I have truly come to consider as my home. Thank you! ”

How my experience at Fairfield University has altered my overall perspective
The most valuable lesson so far has been to step outside of my comfort zone. Almost everything I have tried at Fairfield has led me to something great. Joining the Improv Team, something my high school self would have never done, led me to my four absolute best friends. Becoming a robotics mentor with very little knowledge in robotics led me to meet people who got me involved with the Baja competition, my most rewarding experience at Fairfield so far. For me, there is no question that Fairfield is exactly where I’m meant to be.

My favorite class or experience at Fairfield University
The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Baja Competition was one of the most fun weeks of my life. This competition consists of designing and building an all-terrain vehicle that is tested through a series of events, as well as scored on marketability of the vehicle. I was fortunate enough to be a member of Fairfield’s first Baja competition team, and being able to transfer my engineering skills from the classroom to the actual construction of a vehicle has been my most rewarding experience at Fairfield.

Honors or awards I have received
I have been a member of the Honors Program since the start of my first-year on campus and on the Dean’s List all four of my semesters so far at Fairfield. I am also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the Engineering Honor Society.

My other interests and activities at Fairfield and how they have enhanced my college experience
I have had a wonderful opportunity to get involved with multiple clubs on campus. I am a co-president of the Society of Women Engineers. I am also a member of the campus Improv Team, the Student Advisory Board of Undergraduate Admission, and a mentor for the Harding High School FIRST Robotics team. I also work as a library assistant in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. I spent fall 2017 studying abroad in Galway, Ireland and had an amazing time!

My plans after graduation
After graduation, I plan on doing a fifth year at Fairfield to get my Masters in Mechanical Engineering. After that my dream would be to go into aerospace design or special effects technology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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