Rene Christian ‘09CPS thanks St. John’s for helping him to
realize his dream of a career in computer security systems. A
graduate of the College of
Professional Studies, he chose St. John’s because of its
location and academic reputation.
“As an international student from the
Caribbean, I was nervous about going to school in New York City,”
he said. However, when I saw the remarkably green campus, I felt
confident that this University was the place for me.”
Through summer computer security internships,
Rene received hands-on experience and in-depth, class instruction
that boosted his chances of gaining employment in the very
Rene advises students obtaining their degree
to “do something that you love. If you are undecided, find out what
you are passionate about and stick with it regardless of what
anyone says.” He believes that in order to become successful in the
computer security field, “you must challenge yourself, do extra
readings, research and seek out internships in the beginning of
your college career.”
He also credits his well-rounded education
with community service. “Community service is what Rene loves most
about life at St. John’s University.” By volunteering at Campus Ministry, he had
the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged and uphold the
Vincentian mission. Service kept him humble and instilled a solid
value system and hard work is the road to success.
Rene participated in at least one large
service project a year during his years at the University.
“The strong emphasis on service combined with the many different
opportunities available can leave an indelible mark on any
His final piece of advice: “Never give up!
School can get tough, but if you persevere you will reap great