Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekend Update

Hello everyone! Happy Monday. This is a busy time at Fordham. This past Thursday would have been our last day of classes, but we had so many snow days this past winter that we added a make-up schedule to the end of the semester. So students are balancing attending their last few courses as well as starting to study for finals, not to mention just doing all of those last things you want to do before leaving for the summer! Check out what some of our students did below.

Deirdre Hynes

Even though most of my weekend was spent studying for finals, my friends & I were able to make the best of it by studying & writing our papers outside Keating on Edward's Parade, where we could enjoy the sunshine and nice weather while still being productive. Plus, it was easy to play a quick game of frisbee when we needed a break! 

Laura Bellows

My friends and I took the D train (a 10-minute walk up Fordham Road from the Rose Hill campus) to Yankee Stadium for a night game. We didn't have to worry about getting out of the game late because Fordham's Ram Van was outside the D train to drive us back down Fordham Road to campus. This off-campus shuttle service is available to all students seven days a week from 10pm-5am and the Ram Van doesn't leave the stop to bring students back to campus until another Ram Van has arrived. It's free too!

Jillian Diehl

On Saturday night, I took advantage of some of the free entertainment you can find on many weekends here on campus. I have friends in both Fordham Experimental Theatre's Improv and Sketch Comedy clubs, so I attended their last show together for the year, which I loved. It was one of their best yet! Then a folk band called the Keating Steps, started by a talented group of friends at Fordham, performed on their designated spot...You guessed it! The steps of Keating Hall, our grandest and most picturesque building on campus. They played a few of their original songs as well as covering a few old favorites, and a good time was had by all. As the rain fell, I felt truly grateful to be surrounded by my awesome friends, with great music, in my favorite place.

A Final Reflection From a Graduating Senior!

The last week of school has suddenly arrived, something I have been dreading for months now. It is strange to be writing my final entry for the Fordham blog, since I’ve been blogging since I was a sophomore. As a graduating senior, I have had so many meaningful experiences at Fordham, and cannot express enough words of gratitude for the valuable Jesuit education I have received and the people I have met, coloring the way I see the world in wonderful ways.

When I attended Fordham’s Spring Preview as a high school senior, trying to decide whether I would attend Fordham or Boston University, these words from Father McShane convinced me that Fordham was the right place for me: “When you put it all together, what is a Jesuit education about? It is about nothing less than empowerment and transformation.” I did not then fully understand what he meant, but now, with graduation looming closer every day, the wisdom behind his words has become clear.

My time at Fordham has been the most challenging but also the most eye-opening years of my life. Though I cannot explicitly name the ways in which I am a different person, I know that I feel stronger, like my feet are planted a little more firmly on the ground. I am so grateful for everything that happened in the past four years, for the challenges I was faced with, the friends I drifted apart from only to gain new ones, and for the blank slate that lies ahead of me. Almost four years ago, a scared little girl arrived on Fordham’s campus. Today, I feel empowered and transformed, with a clearer sense of who I am and what my goals are for my future.
I am heartbroken to leave the place I have come to call my home, but Fordham has truly prepared me for the future, as uncertain as it may be. Come to Fordham, and let it change your life like it changed mine—you won’t regret it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Greatest City In The World During The Summer: Fordham Style

An amazing perk of going to Fordham that I didn’t realize until well after I came here, is Fordham during the summer season. What’s better than NYC during the school year…NYC during the summer time of course!
My roommate and I enjoyed ice cream on a warm day this spring in Manhattan!

 Six of my good friends are doing summer sessions here, four of them living at Rose Hill and two of them living in Manhattan at Lincoln Center. Fordham has AMAZING summer opportunities. While I have a job back home that I need to go home for, next summer I am DEFINITELY going to do a summer session, hopefully at Lincoln Center! My four friends that are living here at Rose Hill are working at our Call Center, which is a job here on campus that calls alumni and works on fundraising. They’re making money and living in the city that never sleeps, how awesome is that?! Two of these friends have internships in the city and the other two are taking classes. My two friends that decided to live at LC for the summer both have summer internships too! Last year another friend of ours lived at Fordham LC for the summer, and she balanced a class and an internship, while also having tons of city adventures all summer long! Living in NYC in such a beautiful neighborhood on the Upper West Side is such a privilege and a great opportunity; I really recommend that every Fordham student does this for at least one summer session while they are an undergrad.
Isn't Bryant Park so beautiful in the sun?!

Fordham has a great career services office; they can set you up with an awesome summer internship. If that’s not your cup of tea for the summer, how about taking a summer course at one of our two beautiful campuses?

My friends at Fordham doing summer sessions will be able to explore the city all summer long!

 Fordham is very accommodating with housing, and you can choose whether you want to live at LC or RH based on your own personal preferences. I cannot wait to visit my friends that are staying on campus this summer!! I’m so jealous!!

Senior Spotlight: Cathy Landry

Name: Cathy Landry
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Majors: English and Spanish

Why did you choose Fordham?
I chose Fordham because to me it really represents the best of both worlds. I have all the advantages of New York City, plus a beautiful, traditional campus. I have rigorous and well-respected academic work, plus a lot of fun things to do. I have programs and people here helping me grow intellectually, but also personally.

What have you become involved in during your time here at Fordham?
I have been a tour guide for four years at Fordham. I've also volunteered for four years at an all-girls after school center in the South Bronx, tutoring and mentoring middle school girls from the area. I've been very involved with a program called Global Outreach, which is like an alternative breaks program: we send students to 34 different locations around the US and the world to do service and immerse themselves in a new culture. Some of the locations include Guatemala, India, Romania, San Diego, Detroit, and Alaska. I currently serve on the executive board of this program. 

What is your favorite memory of your time here at Fordham?
There are so many, but I have to choose the Under the Tent dance that just happened last weekend. Everyone gets dressed up and has a blast dancing the night away--we don't have a ton of formal events on campus, so it was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up and having fun! I'm sad it was my last Under the Tent dance, but I had fun being around all my friends.

What are your plans following graduation? 
Following graduation, I will be entering the Peace Corps. I won't be leaving until the fall (and I'm still not sure what country I'm going to--finding out in two weeks!). It's a two year commitment, and I'm really excited to apply all I've learned at Fordham about creating community and social justice in a new country.

What advice do you have for students as they make their final decision in the next few days?
Trust yourself. I waited until the very last day to make my decision and even almost sent in two deposits. I knew I wanted to go to Fordham but I was afraid of committing to something that seemed like such a huge decision. Trust your gut--you know what's right for you!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Senior Spotlight: Justin Henry

Name: Justin Henry

Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Major: American Studies & Political Science

What have you been involved with: Fordham Ramblers, the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ), Fordham Pre-Law Society, Rose Hill Society

Favorite Fordham memory: My final concert with the Fordham Ramblers. I spent four years performing with them, and there was such a great energy on stage when we put on our last performance during Spring Weekend.

What are you plans after graduation: I've been accepted to the NYC Urban Fellows program. The program consists of a nine-month job placement at a government agency here in New York City. I start in September, and I'm very excited to start work in city government and urban planning.

Advice for incoming freshmen: Get involved as soon as you get here! There are so many fantastic people here on campus, and the best way to meet them is by doing something you love.

Senior Year and #fordham4me

Graduate Salute to pick up cap and gowns!
As I stood in line to pick up my cap and gown for graduation, (just 18 days away!) I could not help but reflect on my time here at Fordham. Four years ago, I was anxious, nervous, and stressed while making the decision about which college to attend. I had applied to over 10 schools and though I knew business and most likely accounting were what I wanted to study, I was unsure of much else. While visiting colleges in the last few weeks before the May 1st decision date, I felt something different about Fordham. I had been accepted to Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business under the Early Action process (my mom actually came to my high school to show me my letter as soon as the mail came because she was so excited and knew how much it meant to me to receive my first college acceptance) and knew that Fordham provided huge opportunities in both location and academics. While attending the Spring Preview event in mid-April what really stood out to me about Fordham was the opportunity to be someone. Though I had attended my local public high school and graduated with a class of over 500 students, I had the opportunity to be someone; I was a three sport varsity athlete, honors student, Peer Leader and part of the executive board of numerous clubs. I was me, I was Shannon McKenna, and I was never just a number between 1 and 500. Finding a university where I felt like I could continue growing and being a contributing member of the community were very important to me.

Senior Leadership Awards
Fast forward four years and countless opportunities later and all I can say is that I wish for every high school senior to find their own Fordham. When asked if I would choose Fordham again if I had the opportunity to change my choice, my response is absolutely. As a freshman, I had the opportunity to become part of a wonderful community in Queen’s Court (my freshman residence hall) and join the varsity cross country and track teams. As a sophomore, I had the opportunity to become a Resident Assistant in Tierney Hall and participate in a Global Outreach cultural emersion project to Ecuador. As a junior, I had the opportunity to become a member of the executive board of Rose Hill Society (the volunteer student organization that works closely with Admissions to provide tours and social media outreach to prospective students), coordinator the track team’s Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive, begin interning with the shoe designer Jack Rogers in their accounting department,  participate in National Leadership Conferences with KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte, and accepted an offer to intern with Ernst and Young in their tax department following graduation. As a senior, I was accepted in Fordham’s Dual Degree program to receive a Masters of Tax at the Graduate School of Business at Lincoln Center, had the opportunity to serve as the Resident Assistant for the Wellness Integrated Learning Community for upperclassmen students, participate in Deloitte’s National Tax Competition in Texas, and just last week I was selected to receive a Senior Leadership Award (an annual award given to 6-8 members of the senior class). My four years have been much more than just receiving a degree, they have been about countless opportunities to be challenged and to grow into in the person I have always wanted to be. Fordham allowed me the opportunity to be me, to be Shannon McKenna and never to be a number between 1 and 1,800.

While my time at Fordham is coming to an end, I could not be more excited for what lies ahead. This summer, I will be working with Ernst and Young for 8 weeks in their Times Square office before returning to Fordham’s Graduate School of Business in September to complete my Masters degree in Tax. While studying for my Masters degree, I plan to begin taking (and hopefully finishing!) the CPA exam. Following my 8 weeks at Ernst and Young this summer, I will have the opportunity to be hired as a full time associate upon completing my Masters degree in May of 2015. As my name is called to receive my diploma in just a few shorts week, I will be thankful for Fordham, for opportunities, and most importantly for having the chance to be me.

Be a Tourist for a Day...For Free!

One of the best things about Fordham is that there is always so much happening on and off campus. Last weekend my friends and I received free, yes free, tickets to go to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in Rockefeller Center through the Campus Activities Board. One of my friends waited online in McGinley Center on the day the tickets were given out just to make sure that we got some. 

Getting to Rockefeller Center from Fordham is incredibly easy by MetroNorth, located right off Fordham's campus. Additionally, since it was a Saturday we only had to pay for a city ticket. Surprisingly, even though I grew up only an hour away from the city my whole life I rarely had the opportunity to sightsee and do all of the touristy things that someone coming to New York for a one time trip would get to do. 

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck was absolutely incredible and unreal. We took an elevator up to the top floor and when we looked out we had the opportunity to see the entire city. Standing on top of the city, I felt so proud to call Fordham my school and New York my campus. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekend Update: Fordham in Full Bloom

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Fordham is back to a normal Monday, but this past weekend - and April in general - is an exciting time of the year jam packed with events, such as Latin Gala, Global Outreach Gala, and Spring Weekend (just to mention a few)! Check out below how our students made the most of it!

Jennifer Delgado

I went to Fordham's Latin Gala event on April 4th. It was so much fun, dancing to salsa, meringue, and bachata all night long with my friends. I love all the cultural events at Fordham.

Alyssa Carmusciano

This weekend was Spring Weekend at Fordham! One of the highlights was the Under the Tent Dance. The theme was Kentucky Derby, and my friends and I had a great time dancing in our best attire and hats! 

Victoria Cappucci

This weekend at Fordham was our Spring Weekend- the most anticipated weekend of the year!  My favorite part of the weekend is always the day concert on Saturday, where I heard artists Cartel and The Cold War Kids with my fellow classmates from RHS.

Danielle Smith

This weekend I went to the Under the Tent Dance hosted by RHA (Residence Hall Association). This year's theme was Kentucky Derby. It was a lot of fun to go get dressed up and go to the dance with all of my friends! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Why Fordham?

Why Fordham?

The best, and toughest, advice I ever received throughout the college process was “go with your gut feeling.”  It sounds simple, but how do we know what feeling is the right feeling?  For me, it may sound silly, one of my main requirements when visiting schools was that I wanted to see students tossing around a football or playing Frisbee on their quad if it was a nice day out.  Well, when I came to Fordham and saw students playing on Eddie’s Parade, a little light went off in my head.  And well, I started listening to my gut feeling.  

Students on Martyr's Lawn for Spring WEekend
I think Fordham’s picturesque setting at our Rose Hill campus creates an energizing and amicable atmosphere.  For example, spring at Fordham is absolutely beautiful – it is hard to leave campus for breaks, especially for the summer.  Students come together to close the year on a positive note.  Visitors can see campus fully alive, as students are everywhere, either having lunch, reading a book, or relaxing with friends on Eddie’s Parade or Martyr’s Lawn.  This weekend was our Spring Weekend, which is always a great way to end the school year and set the tone for the following year.  The weekend is jam packed with special DJ guests for Friday night, different music artists for the day concert on Saturday, and ends on Sunday with a comedy act.  This is the most anticipated weekend of the year, and genuinely highlights the good-spirit of the students at Fordham.

So why Fordham?  Because the community here is so refreshingly welcoming that it is hard to not be anywhere but here.  I know how this may sound, but it is so true.  During my freshman year, I always counted down the days until breaks would end so that I could be back with my friends at school.  I especially love the warmer weather here at Fordham – everyone’s upbeat mood is stimulating, which truly captures what it means to be a Fordham Ram.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Study Tours with Fordham!

On every campus tour I went on during my college search, I heard about the study abroad opportunities that the school offered. However, I knew that it was pointless to get excited about the study abroad options since my parents were completely against the idea of me leaving the country for a full semester. When I heard about Fordham's Study Tour options, however, I finally found my opportunity to study abroad! 

Fordham offers many Study Tours throughout the year for all different subject areas. The Study Tours vary in length, but they are shorter versions of studying abroad while still counting for course credit. These Study Tours usually take place over the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. Many of the Study Tours fulfill core and major requirements. This means that you get to see another part of the world while still staying on track with your studies!

The British Crown Jewels
I have participated in an International Business Study Tour to London and Paris, and I am participating in another one to Beijing next month! I absolutely loved my Study Tour to London and Paris. It was an amazing learning opportunity both about international business and the local cultures of London and Paris. I am really looking forward to experiencing Chinese culture and business in Beijing next month! I am taking some basic Mandarin classes to prepare...hopefully they help!

I also have friends who have participated in some other really fun Study Tours. 

One of my friends took an International Finance course in Turkey over Spring break. He actually loved it so much in Turkey that he is planning on spending all of next semester there on a semester-long study abroad opportunity. 
Another offering that my friends are taking advantage of is through the Theology department. In July, the Theology department is running a two-week Reformation Texts Study Tour to Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. This Study Tour also counts for a Sacred Texts & Traditions core requirement! 

We climbed the Eiffel Tower!
I have only highlighted a few of Fordham's many Study Tour options, but they are really great opportunities for students. For me, they allow me to study abroad on shorter trips so that my parents are willing to let me experience studying abroad. For my friend who participated in the International Finance Study Tour, he was able to decide whether or not Turkey was where he wanted to spend an entire semester. Many of my friends, however, just hear about an awesome Study Tour that is being offered and decide to take the course. 

I know that my experience with Study Tours has been amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to every student who comes to Fordham!