I’m Thankful for St. John’s

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Literally, it’s like two days away. So, I, like everyone else I’m sure, have been reflecting on what we are thankful for. Cliché, I know. But it’s nice to think of the things we take for granted sometimes. St. John’s has a multitude of things that fall under the category of things I appreciate. So here are just six of those things.

First, the faculty. The professors and everyone else that is employed at St. John’s really care about what they are doing, and it shows. Some of the professors I have had and classes I have taken have in all honesty changed my life, or at the very least my outlook.  Second, the immense study abroad opportunities. SJU is very aggressive when it comes to study abroad because they know that it is the opportunity of a life time and should not be missed. I am planning to study in Rome next semester and could not be more ecstatic. Next is location, location, location. We are situated in one of the greatest cities in the world (and across the world *cough cough Rome cough cough*). The fact that I can go into the city at any given time is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. Fourth is the stellar alumni base. I am very comforted in the fact that there have been so many people that have gone before me and that I have at least one thing in common with. Who knows, I could get a job out of it in the future and wouldn’t that be fantastic. Fifth, our hardcore basketball tradition. We more than make up for our lack of football here with our emphasis on basketball. I love going to the games, especially the ones at MSG, because there is such high energy. Last but not least is our Vincentian mission. I am a Catholic Scholar and very involved with Campus ministry and don’t know where I’d be without it. College is a place to find yourself, and my faith has definitely helped me figure myself out through service and this mission .

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Colby Mrowka’s: A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 7

Mondays are all about class and of course, common hour (the hour that no classes are held at the university so events and club meetings can take place).

Today started off with me catching the 8:45am St. John’s shuttle to campus from my off campus residence hall. On those not so typical days I generally end up making the ten minute walk to campus which isn’t all that bad either. Unless of course it is raining or I woke up twenty minutes before I need to be in class :P.

From there, I trucked through my three classes, ethics, advanced forensic psychology, and the study of the Holocaust. Being that I am a criminal justice/forensic psychology major naturally advanced forensic psychology is my favorite class. In advanced forensic psychology I presented my research paper on pedophilia along with a psychological interview I conducted on a classmate. With guidance of the professor, I was able to create a basic psychological profile on a person based off of sketches a person drew of a house, a tree, and a person.

* A neat fact about St. John’s faculty is that the majority of them all have substantial amount of work experience in their field. My forensic psychology professor has been credited for developing the first hostage negation team at the NYPD which has since expanded around the world saving countless lives. *

Later during common hour, I attended a mandatory meeting for the office of admissions student workers aka student ambassadors. This weekend is accepted students day! To make sure we were all prepared, today we got together to hash out all the little details. In addition, winners of next year’s student executive board were announced. I was elected as special events chair! I was running opposed, but it is still a pretty exciting!

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Colby Mrowka’s: A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 6

I apologize for writing so late tonight! I have been writing a research paper on pedophilia for the entire day and just finished. It really is not that exciting to tell you the truth, but it is a fact of life in college. A few days a semester you always find yourself inside all day, slaving away at a term paper, most likely due the next day. Thankfully when my friends went into the city last night I used common sense and stayed home and started my paper.

Enough about my research paper on pedophilia. If you are super curious as to what I wrote about and want to know more feel free to comment below. To take a healthy break, I stepped away from the journal articles, laptop, and books to play intramural soccer.

Intramurals are a huge part of who I am at St. John’s. Although I just started playing last semester, it feels like I have been playing since freshman year. All together, this year I have played flag-football, volleyball, softball, and soccer. A cool fact about me is that before my first intramural soccer and volleyball games last fall I have never played those sports competitively in my life. Even still, with the help of my teammates, I was able to learn the rules of the game and have fun at the same time.

Don’t think that it is just a bunch of college kids getting together and running around. This is serious stuff! Nearly every team has uniform t-shirts with their team name and every team has their secret rival. It gets intense! Either way, intramurals are a bunch of fun and a great way to make friends, stay active and in shape during the school year. I am so glad I take part in it.

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Colby Mrowka’s: A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 5

Waking up early on a Saturday is definitely not on my list of favorite things to do. With the night I had yesterday at Citi Field all I wanted to do was sleep in. Yet, when you love something as much as I love St. John’s you are willing to make sacrifices. Today I gave two tours of the university that both completely exhausted me. Unlike the days before, I do not want to go into too much detail and tell you everything that you will hear once you visit. Instead, I will share my college experience and what led to me to my decision to transfer to St. John’s University.

I started off my college career at a school in themiddleofnowhere, Maine. I was 6 hours away from home with a freshman class of 150 kids. Needless to say I hated every second I was on that campus. Thankfully, I was able to convincing my mom to take me back home the next day and completely wash my hands of the school I had intentions of going to for over six months. …She wasn’t too happy.

When I got home the next day I quickly registered for classes at a state school close by my home in Connecticut. I knew it would only be temporary. I didn’t want to spend my college career living at home (sorry mom!) and I wanted to go to a bigger school with a big fan base. After some serious searching and several college tours I managed to stumble upon St. John’s University.

It was at first sight. The campus was absolutely beautiful. On my tour I walked up the stairs leaving the residence village and I looked to my right. I saw the Manhattan skyline clear as day. It sounds cliché but at that moment I knew this was the school for me. It met my standards for academics, it had a huge athletics fan base, and it offered a possible future working in the world’s greatest city.

Being a tour guide means a lot to me. I want everyone to know why I came to St. John’s and why out of three schools this is the home for me. More importantly, I want to show transfer and incoming freshman students alike why this is the school for them.

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Colby Mrowka’s: A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 4

Living in one of the world’s largest cities always has something to offer. For some it may be the many museums, others it may be the music, but for me it’s the sports. I grew up surrounded by the game of baseball. Don’t let the fact that I go to school in New York confuse you. I am, and always will be a Red Sox fan. You would never find a true Sox fan at Yankee Stadium so naturally I spent tonight celebrating opening week at Citi Field with the Mets.

Tonight was nothing but cold, windy, and of course wet. Regardless, my friends and I made it out to the park. We started off by taking the complementary St. John’s shuttle to Kew Gardens from campus. From there, we took the E train and then finally the 7 to bring us right outside the stadium. For those of you asking yourselves why I am including directions to the field, I promise I have good reason! When you first come to St. John’s as an out of state student you have no idea how to use the subway or where to go. Trust me… I learned the hard way.

My trip to Citi Field!

My trip to Citi Field!

Anyway, one of the greatest advantages of being a St. John’s student is that you get discounted tickets to every Met’s game at Citi Field. It is a well kept secret, but I am telling you now in advance. All you need to do is show up at the ticket booth, flash your St. John’s identification card (aka your Storm Card), and you get the discount. Tonight, seven of us got into the park for $44 total. That’s a deal in my book. The seats aren’t terrible either as one might assume. Due to tonight’s weather, we actually had to climb up into the nose bleeds to find shelter under the canopy, out of the rain (which still didn’t help).

My view hiding from the rain

My view hiding from the rain

In the end, we all had a blast. It is something that we all agreed we will defiantly do again before this semester ends, next time on a much nicer day.

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Colby Mrowka’s: A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 3

What a beautiful day! For the first time in what seems like forever the Queens campus was full of life. There was not a cloud in the sky, no predictions of rain, and a high temperature of 67 degrees. It was absolutely gorgeous.

As a direct response to the weather, after class everyone ventured their way outside for some fresh air. Early in the afternoon I went for a run around campus. Later in the day, I met up with a group of friends on the Great Lawn and tossed the softball around for an hour or so.

Aside from the usual recreation on campus, similar to colleges around the nation, St. John’s stands out each spring. At the conclusion of every spring semester we have what is called Spring Week on campus. Spring Week is a week dedicated to celebrating the end of a fantastic school year. With the warm weather I enjoyed today and my time spent of the Great Lawn today I couldn’t help but think about my favorite part of Spring Week, the spring carnival.

When giving tours around campus I like to compare the spring carnival to the ending scene in Grease. There is a huge slide, ferris wheel, scrambler, sno-cone machines, zeppoles, cotton candy, games, you name it! Best part is that it is all free! After today, I can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Continue reading

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Colby Mrowka’s : A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 2

Wednesday is my favorite day of the week. I take one class that starts at 7:10 pm and runs to about 10:00 pm, practically giving myself a day off. Normally, I would sleep in or catch up on some reading for class. Today was a unique and enjoyable exception…

For the past few weeks I have been participating in a program sponsored by both St. John’s University and Target Corporation. The program was designed to educate a selected group of students on leadership skills that can be used in and out of the workplace. Weeks prior, we had quest speakers and role played possible scenarios we may face in the workforce.  Today, the final day of the program, we traveled to a Target location and got a behind the scenes tour of the store and witnessed everything we learned in the classroom in action. I bet not a lot of students can say they have worked alongside Target representatives in a high volume store in New York City!

Continuing on discussing the uniqueness of my day as a Johnny, I have to touch on something a bit more personal. This morning I woke up to a text from my boyfriend of two years and eleven months, also a St. John’s student, saying he had a surprise for me. Initially I thought he was pulling a late April Fools’ joke on me. It turned out to be joke at all! Early this morning he went to the campus concierge located in the D’Angelo Center and purchased this month’s “date” package that I have been talking about since the beginning of the semester. For the price of 40.00 he got two metro cards, two movie tickets, and a 50.00 gift card for Shake Shack. Not only do I feel loved I feel super happy because I get a date with a discount! Happy early three year anniversary :) Go us <3

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Colby Mrowka’s : A Week In The Life Of A Johnny – Day 1

Hey guys! So, I know I haven’t blogged in awhile and I apologize. Being so involved on campus and what seems like endless snow days have really thrown me off from my usual swing of things. All of this left me thinking how I could make it up to my loyal readers. Well, after some serious brainstorming I came up with an idea. I am going to blog for a week straight to fill you in on my life as a St. John’s student and catch you up on what you have missed.

To sum up my past few weeks I can use one word…basketball. As a season ticket holder and one of D’Angelo Harrison’s (better known as 3’Angelo) biggest fans,  I attended nearly every single game. I sat in section 8 at the world’s most famous arena. For those of you who don’t know, that is courtside at Madison Square Garden #nbd. Possibly my most memorable moment from the season thus far would have to be being selected to do an on court promotion with my best friend during half time. Not many people can say they stood on the court!

Before I ramble on with stories from the past few months, I’ll stop myself. For the next week I will be giving you an inside look at what it is like to be me, a St. John’s University student. At the end of the week I have hopes that you can discover what it would be like to be you. :)

My view!

My view!

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Award Letter Season

Eileen Flood, Director of Student Financial Services, has a special message for incoming a students!

March not only kicks off the Spring Season but it also kicks off Award Letter Season. Universities throughout the United States begin mailing out their new year Financial Aid Award Letters.

To date, St. Johns’ University has sent out over 12,000 Award Letters to accepted new students who applied for financial aid.

St. John’s students can view their financial aid offer online via their personal UIS account. To log on go to www.stjohns.edu and on the upper right click on MYSJU and then click on UIS.

I encourage students and their families to carefully review all their financial aid offers.  A college education is a major investment and like all major life investments time is needed to review, weigh and consider all options.

 

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Apply For Aid Today

Happy New Year! Eileen Flood, Director of Student Financial Services, has a special message for incoming and current students!

The Office of Student Financial Services is committed to helping students and their families navigate the financial aid process.

The first step is to file the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). Pleases visit www.fafsa.ed.gov  to complete your application.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that on average it takes less than 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.  When you consider that this past year over 97 % of new students received some form of assistance this is time well spent.

Avoid limiting opportunities and complete your FAFSA application today!

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