St. John’s Holds Its Largest Accepted Student Day Events
High school students and their families received an exuberant welcome as they took their first look at life at St. John’s during the University’s Accepted Student Day events on the Queens and Staten Island, NY, campuses.
On the Staten Island campus, Accepted Students Day took place on Saturday, April 16; at Queens, on Saturday, April 9. Both drew record attendance. Students, faculty, and administrators greeted the visitors, many already committed to attending. Festive activities showcased St. John’s academic strengths, abundant resources, residence halls, and diverse campus life.
Welcoming guests at each campus, Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President, described the value of the University’s cosmopolitan environment. He cited U.S .News & World Report, which ranked St. John’s as the nation’s second most diverse campus. “Our number one priority,” he noted, “is the success of our students.” Their progress is enhanced by the “different cultures and traditions” they encounter in “classmates, teachers, administration, staff, alumni—and their own University President.”
At Staten Island, James O’Keefe, Ph.D. ’79SVC, Vice Provost, and Valentina Gioffre ’17CPS, an Ozanam Scholar and President’s Society member, also offered greetings. “The St. John’s community is one that wants the best for you, and wants you to succeed,” Gioffre said. “We’re truly a close-knit family—and by being here, you’re already a part of it.”
On the Queens campus, speakers included Jorge Rodriguez, Vice Provost and Chief Enrollment Officer, and Brooke Pearson ’17CPS, an Ozanam Scholar. “If you’re looking for a University that will challenge you, encourage you, push you, and provide you with ample opportunities to reach beyond your greatest imaginings,” Pearson said, “St. John’s is for you.”
Nabila Mahjabin, a student at Francis Lewis High School, was overwhelmed by the welcome. “This is amazing,” she said. Mahjabin will attend St. John’s as a Pharmacy major in the fall. “I know some alumni who told me great things about the program and St. John’s overall. I’m excited: I can’t wait to meet my classmates.”
After visiting with her parents last fall, Daisy Nga decided to enroll at St. John’s. A student at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, Nga has yet to choose a major. “The first time I was here the campus was very quiet,” she said. “But today there are bands playing and students everywhere saying hi. You can’t help but feel welcome.”
Having already toured the Queens campus several times, Sukhminder Singh was excited to begin his journey at St. John’s. “The whole environment appeals to me,” he said. “Everyone is friendly, the campus is beautiful.” The Deer Park High School student plans to major in business. He added, “It’s going to be an adventure.”
“We as a University will make sure that you get all the attention and dedication from us that you need, so when you graduate you can make your mark on the world,” stressed Rodriguez. “High school is ending, but another chapter is beginning—and that is being a student at St. John’s University.”