Alumni Spotlight - Maegan Wright'16
How was the first year transitioning as a commuter student to Fordham University?
Transitioning was not a difficult process for me as a commuter. I became used to traveling fairly long distances since high school. I would get up at 6:00 am, leave my house by 7:00 am, and arrive to school by 8:30 am, if the buses were running on a good schedule. The process is very similar for me now that I’m in college. My commute is about 1 hour and 30 minutes and the time I wake up depends on my class schedule for the semester. I can have one or two 8:30 am classes or none at all. For my current semester, I only have one 8:30 am class, which I am very thankful for.
What classes at BEA helped prepared you for college?
I would say that all my English classes, AP Biology, Portfolio Preparation, and Chemistry really helped me prepare for college, AP English especially. Fordham University, specifically, is a school that places a big focus on writing. Majority of the classes I have taken so far had writing components. Whether it was six, 600 word reading responses, 4 essays varying in page lengths, a take-home midterm/final exam, or a final research paper, I had to be prepared to write. I think Mrs. Pennington and Mr. Irons do great jobs of teaching students how to critically analyze different pieces of writing and also how to annotate texts. These are critical skills to have in college because the professors will assign a reading to you and it’s your job to not only read it on time, but understand what the text means.
Portfolio Preparation specifically helped me since art is a part of my major. It helped me curate some of my artwork for my portfolio. AP Biology and Chemistry were important classes for me to pay attention in since taking two science courses are requirements to graduate.
Have you decided on a major and how are you getting involve on campus?
I am planning on double majoring in Visual Arts and New Media & Digital Design.
It is hard for me to participate in on-campus activities since most of them take place when I work, however I do try to join in on a meeting or two when I can. I am a part of the Career Ambassadors, which helps students with finding jobs. There are many clubs on campus I wish I could join but do not have the time for like the Black Students Alliance, Commuter Students Association and the Caribbean Students Alliance.
How has it been making new friends and where do they come from?
Making friends is not as difficult as it seems. A big help for me to meet new people was going to my HEOP summer program. It is a required, 6 week long program which is designed to help low-income students transition from high school to college. There were about 30 students in the program all of which, came from minority groups like, Indians, Hispanics/ Latinos, Asian, and African Americans. They lived all over NYC, like the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Spending 6 weeks together, we became a really close-knit group of friends before college started.
Going to a majority white school, I was bound to have some white friends. Many of them come from out-of-state areas like California, Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey. People are very friendly and open to meeting new people, so it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.
Do you have any goals for your remaining college years?
My goal is to be more involved on campus and try to make it onto the deans list with a GPA of 3.6 or higher. I want to also have an internship in the field I’m studying and be able to speak conversational french as a result of my french classes.
What do you love about Fordham University?
I love the atmosphere of Fordham. It’s a place to get involved and develop a little community. The course work is rigorous and forces you to become better at time management and focused on attaining your goals. There’s always something to do here and the professors want you to succeed.
ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE TRANSITION COACH - MS. SASHA GARCIA
Ms. Garcia is currently a junior at Mercy College studying Behavioral Science. She is on the 5 year track, which means she will receive her Bachelor and Master degree as a certified K-6 teacher.
As a College Transition Coach for CollegeBound Initiative, Ms. Garcia can assist students with the college application process. In the summer, this position becomes a Bridge to College where Ms. Garcia can help recent graduates fully enroll at an institution.