As the spring semester was coming to a close at Wagner, I took the opportunity to sit down with one of our freshmen, Jacquie Cadorette, who is an English major from Media, PA. Jacquie is in the Honors Program and also serves as a Student Ambassador and Admissions Assistant. I asked her about why she chose Wagner and to share some of her experiences during her first year at Wagner.
Q: Why did you choose Wagner? A: I knew I wanted to be in New York City, and the location really provided the best of both worlds. I liked the traditional campus feel, but I also wanted to study English and really experience all that the city offers. And, as I was going through my college search, I definitely felt connected to Wagner. They made me feel at home.
Q: Looking back, what stands out about your first year? A: I think going through the self-discovery process in a new environment was the biggest thing. Adopting a more independent life style than when I was at home, as well as acclimating to campus life, can be somewhat challenging for many college freshmen. But, Wagner’s small size made me feel comfortable and it was very easy to get to know people and make new friends. Being an Admissions Assistant was a big part of my freshman year….giving tours and talking to prospective students helped me see the growth and changes I was making because I was in their shoes very recently and was able to connect with them.
Q: What are your favorite things about Wagner? A: The professors. They are so approachable, and they work well with you and with small groups in your classes. My favorite professor this year was Dr. Urbanc, who I had for Francophone Women Writers in Translation. There were only 10 students in my class, so we definitely got to know each other and work closely together. I also enjoyed the accessibility and opportunities in New York. For example, I recently reached out to the Metro NY Make-a-Wish Foundation and am in the process of becoming a volunteer there.
Q: What advice would you give students in their college search? A: Know what makes you happy and apply it to your college search. Be honest with yourself and know what you are looking for. Also, once you get to college, don’t be content. You can’t just sit in your room and expect experiences to come to you.
Final note: Jacquie will be a summer intern working on public relations, events, and projects in the promotions department at 102.9 WMGK radio in Philadelphia.
Here’s a glimpse of Dr. Lily McNair, Provost at Wagner, narrating our holiday greeting to all!
Happy holidays from the Wagner College admissions counseling staff! We hope you have a fun, relaxing, and joyous holiday season with your families, and a prosperous new year.
Front row: Rachel Tripp, Melissa Speranza, Caitlin McCown, Jessica Lee, Liz Durham, Bob Herr (hey…that’s me!)
Back row: Jake Browne, Chris Fourman, Dedrick Dye, Rob Kaercher, Allen Koehler. (Not pictured: Krissy Muller)
Yes, that is the miniature Christmas tree on my desk with some envelopes full of ”holiday cheer” that will arrive at some Early Decision students’ homes this week. With the post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas rush to apply to colleges in full swing, I always enjoy taking a few moments to enjoy signing the first offers of admission each year. It’s definitely rewarding to read the enthusiastic applications from those students who know Wagner is the place for them. I was excited to see the students from Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, as well as Canada, among the first members of next year’s class.
We extended our ED deadline from 12/1 to 12/15 this year due to the effects of Sandy, so there’s still plenty of time to apply to Wagner for both ED and regular decision.
If you knew nothing else about Wagner College, this picture pretty well sums up the supportive and close-knit community on campus. The cast of Legally Blonde follows the Wagner football playoff game in the dressing room before their performance Saturday night. Congrats to the Wagner football team in making it to the 2nd round of the NCAA Div. 1 FCS playoffs (and on the NEC title), and congrats to the cast and crew of Legally Blonde for a terrific performance.
P.S. Pic courtesy of the Wagner FB page. Be sure to check it out for more of what’s happening around campus.
Wow…it’s been way too long since I lasted posted on my blog. Time to shake the dust off and get back to it. Well, since the NHL has decided to quarrel over which will get more of a share of profits, the millionaires (players) or billionaires (owners), it is nice to see college hockey getting ready to start. Wagner’s ice hockey team will begin the 2012-2013 campaign on the road this Thursday in Rockville, MD versus Georgetown. By the way, that’s where my son used play home games when we lived in Maryland.
While the Seahawks have joined the ACHA D2 conference, they will play an independent schedule this year. One exciting bit of news is that they will now play their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which is only about 20 minutes from campus. I am also happy about that because it’s about 20 minutes from my home, and I hope to attend more games this season. The first home game will be Monday, October 8th at 1:00pm.
I hope to catch up with Coaches Cherubini and Ross soon, and I’ll post their thoughts on the upcoming season. Go Seahawks!
Today is new student Move-In Day at Wagner. I copied over this photo of Dr. Guarasci from the Wagner FB page…every year he is on campus early to greet families as they arrive. I think for the Admissions Office this is an especially important and rewarding day as we see our new students coming to campus to start/continue their educational careers. With over 440 new freshmen and 100+ transfer/second degree students here, I believe this will be the start to another great year at Wagner.
After Move-In, new student orientation begins later today and runs through Sunday night. Fall semester classes begin on Monday. It will definitely be exciting to see the campus come back to life with over 1800 undergrads and 200 graduate students here next week. Go Seahawks!
As the busy school year ends and gives way to the “relaxing” summertime, many students look to make some visits to college campuses. So far this summer Wagner has certainly seen its share of prospective students visiting, which, by the way, I thoroughly enjoy! It’s always great to see the enthusiasm, excitement, and interest in Wagner. Last Friday we had one of our several Overview sessions and I was pleased with the many conversations I had with our guests, student and parent alike. I look forward to seeing more families visit this summer to see our beautiful campus and learn more about what makes Wagner a unique and special liberal arts college. Here’s the remaining summer schedule:
July 27, August 3, August 13, August 17, August 20
Last week Wagner Admissions hosted several college counselors during our Summer Counselor Visit Program. Our guests were treated to a welcome reception in President Guarasci’s office (complete with view of a rainbow over New York harbor), where Dr. Guarasci shared his thoughts about Wagner College.
The next day was a full schedule that included an Admissions overview, tour of campus with Zach and Danielle (two of our ambassadors), a presentation about the Wagner Plan by our Provost, Dr. Lily McNair, and Pat Tooker, and lunch with our student affairs staff. The afternoon program was highlighted by a student panel (Kellie, Chris, and Allison), athletics and NCAA update by Peg Hefferan, and a discussion with Angelo Araimo, our V.P. for Enrollment and Planning.
We treated the counselors to two very different dinners off campus: Joe & Pat’s for a taste of real N.Y. style pizza and a fantastic dinner across the harbor at Battery Gardens, where we dined outside overlooking the water. All in all, a fun time was definitely had by all.
Thanks to our special guests (pictured above): Linda Campbell (Lancaster Country Day School), Tracy Matthews (Friends Select School), Carl Ahlgren (Gilman School), Mary Ann Boustead (Ursuline School), and Maude Bond (United Nations International School). We hope to see you all again soon!
It’s now July and summertime is in full swing. So, what are you doing over the next 8 weeks (or so) until school starts? If you are a rising senior or junior in high school, I certainly hope visiting some colleges in July and August is part of your plan. Subsequently, I invite you to visit Wagner this summer, as we have numerous opportunities for you to see an experience campus.
Our summer Campus Visit Day will be on Thursday, August 9th. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this particular event, as faculty, students, and staff will all be here to help answer your questions about Wagner and share their experiences with you. RSVP by clicking here!
Also, we are conducting eight Overview days on selected Mondays and Fridays in July and August. This is a chance to attend an admissions presentation, have a tour of campus by one of our student ambassadors, and enjoy lunch in the Hawk’s Nest. Here are the dates:
Monday, July 9th Friday, July 13th Friday, July 20th
Friday, July 27th Friday, August 3rd Monday, August 13th
Friday, August 17th Monday, August 20th
To RSVP, click here!
I hope to see you on Wagner’s campus this summer!