I chose the University of New Haven for many reasons. I come from a very small high school with a graduating class of only 26 students! I didn’t want to go to a large school because I thought I would get lost in the crowd. I wanted my teachers to know me by my name not by a number, and the University of New Haven was the best place for this setting. I also chose the University of New Haven for the faculty. Not only are my professors caring and willing to help me succeed, they also have the educational background and real life experiences that they bring into the classroom. Lastly, I fell in love with the University of New Haven because of the resources offered to the students. From the Center for Learning Resources, which offers free tutoring to students for a number of courses, to the First Year Success Center that offers one-on-one sessions with a success coach, the University of New Haven has so many departments on campus to help students succeed.
What was the hardest part about making the transition from high school to the University of New Haven?
For me, the hardest part of transitioning from high school to the University of New Haven was time management. In high school, my schedule was set for me. School ended by 3:30pm, and then I had after school extracurricular activities. But in college, it is possible to have practice in the morning and class at night! During my first semester at the University of New Haven, I had a night class that started at 6pm! I’ve never experienced something like that before, so I decided that in order to get the most out of my classes and my experience here, I had to efficiently manage my time. I achieved better time management skills by making a schedule that had a time slot for everything I had to do each week, which allowed me to visualize my responsibilities. This made everything so much easier.
What do you like most about the University of New Haven? Or in your opinion, what is the greatest feature of the University of New Haven?
The greatest feature of the University of New Haven is the clubs and organizations. If you don’t find one that attracts you, you can even start your own! There are so many different types of organizations that range from cultural clubs like the Black Student Union, social and professional clubs like the Accounting Society, and organizations that help out the University of New Haven as an entity like the Admissions Team. What’s even better is that some of these clubs and organizations put on events throughout the school year where you can go out and make new friends while participating in a fun activity. From attending these events and getting involved, I’ve made a lot more friends and created the best memories.
What extracurricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?
I’m a Team Leader for the First Year Success Center’s Foundations for Success program. My role is to oversee a group of mentors who assist and plan programs for first year students that will increase their awareness of campus resources and help them overcome problems they may face while being new to college. Being a Team Leader is truly one of my favorite things I do on campus. Even though the program only started about a year ago, it really has made a positive impact on new students, and I’m confident that it will continue to do so. Foundations for Success plays an integral role in helping them achieve, maintain, and promote the best mindset to have in order to be successful at the University of New Haven. I’m also an Academic Peer Mentor, a member of the Accounting Society, the Criminal Justice Club, and the American Association of University Women.
What are your plans for the future?
After graduating from the University of New Haven, I plan to get my master’s in Forensic Accounting, become a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. I would love to join either the White Collar Crime Unit for the FBI, or the Criminal Investigation Department for the IRS. It’s amazing to see how I have changed career paths. Initially, I had my heart set on becoming a Forensic Scientist. But after taking different classes, I learned I wanted to pursue accounting, rather than science. Merging my two loves of criminal justice and accounting made it even better, and I can even take classes perfect for my career path like White Collar Crime and Investigating Financial Crimes. I went from wanting to be a Forensic Scientist to a Forensic Accountant, which are two different fields, but I’m really happy with my decision.
What is your favorite University of New Haven tradition?
If I had to narrow it down, it has to be between Spring Weekend and midnight breakfast! Spring Weekend is a ton of fun and filled with so much to do. It takes place right before finals and is a stress-free weekend where you spend time with fellow Chargers. There is a comedy show in the theater, a concert in the Charger Gymnasium, and even a carnival with free food a Ferris wheel and other rides. Midnight breakfast is also another fun tradition. It’s where students get a break from studying for finals and join together in the Bartels Hall for breakfast… at midnight! We are also served by the faculty and staff, which adds to the fun.
Do you have any advice for students and their families interested in the University of New Haven?
My biggest piece of advice would be to not be afraid of college. Yes, it is a new experience, but you should approach it with confidence and a smile. The University of New Haven community is very accepting and caring. So try something new, use all of the resources, and know that you can do it!