Name: Jonathan Mailloux
Hometown: Methuen, MA
I chose Fairfield because of the small size, beautiful campus, and great community. It also is a perfect distance from home. Not too far and not too close!
I chose my major because I enjoyed it the moment I took the introductory course my first semester of my first year. As I took more classes, I realized that Accounting was the perfect avenue for me to use my ability to follow instruction as well as my love for relationship building.
My favorite thing to do on campus is to take walks around campus with my girlfriend and friends, especially during the warmer periods of the year.
What's your most memorable academic experience? My most memorable academic experience is the Monopoly Project all students in Dr. Peck’s AC 203 are required to do. For the project we spent a Saturday morning playing Monopoly with our classmates using specific rules and regulations created by Dr. Peck. We then created financial statements for a company we made up based on the information we gathered while playing Monopoly.
Outside of the classroom, my favorite thing at Fairfield that really enhances my experience here is my involvement in New Student Programs. Last year I was a New Student Leader and helped first-year students transition into college through the Orientation and First Year Experience Programs. This year I transitioned to Co-Chair of New Student Programs. In this position I was able to help the whole incoming class by planning and implementing Orientation, Fall Welcome, and FYE as well as training the New Student Leaders who have a more direct impact on the students. It is great to have a role in welcoming students to a place I consider my home away from home.
When I have free time, I like to hang out with my friends while playing Monopoly, watching shows we all enjoy, and attending events on campus.
One thing I wish I knew about actual college life before I got here is how many opportunities there are that are geared towards personal development. College, although definitely a place for academic achievement, is also a place to figure out who you are and ways to maximize your strengths to meet your goals.
One positive thing I have learned about myself since coming to Fairfield is that my motivation to succeed stems from my passion for building relationships based on trust and deeper connections.
After graduation, I plan to attend Fairfield’s MS in Accounting graduate program. This program will help me pass the CPA exam and ultimately find a job in a Big 4 accounting firm in Boston.
The one Fairfield experience I will always remember will be going to Italy with the Glee Club during spring break of my sophomore year. We sang at many different churches including St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and got private tours of places like the Coliseum and the ancient city of Pompeii.