First of all, I should admit that I am from nearby Long Island and couldn't wait to move away from the suburbs I've known my entire life. The thought of going to school somewhere brand new to me like Boston or Washington, D.C. was exciting. I applied to Fordham mostly to appease my mom, who didn't want to see me flee so far away. She was more excited that I was when I received my acceptance letter.
|The famed Keating Hall in fall at Rose Hill!|
I finally visited Fordham barely two weeks before the decision deadline--right about now, three years ago! It was miserably rainy outside: we were quite literally trekking through torrential downpour as we toured campus. Despite getting soaked from my hair down to my socks, I left campus with the biggest smile on my face.
I felt something at Fordham I hadn't felt at any other college I had visited. I met some of the nicest people that day and felt welcomed with open arms. There was a positive atmosphere and a strong sense of community on Fordham's campus that I hadn't noticed at any of the many other schools I visited. From spending one rainy day at Fordham, I was able to picture myself there for the next four years.
|A snapshot from Columbus Circle, minutes from our Lincoln Center Campus|
Three years later, I still absolutely love living on this sprawling green campus at Rose Hill in a community that is so welcoming and supportive. Though New York was not a new city to me, it has been incredibly eye-opening to continuing exploring and discovering all that NYC has to offer. I've worked two internships in Manhattan, visited museums, attended the ballet, and seen Broadway shows. As Fordham students, we are so lucky to have the best of both worlds here--a classic college campus in one of the greatest cities in the world.
As I finish my junior year at Fordham, I am so thankful for that fateful rainy day three years ago. Now I couldn't picture my life any other way.
|I love the community at Fordham and being a member of Rose Hill's classical ballet group The Jetés. Here we are posing outside the Metropolitan Opera in NYC!|