The Johnnies Blog

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Getting into a college routine

Getting into a College Routine: Advice from a Junior

Whether you are just starting college or are already a year or two along your academic path, having a consistent routine can make the college years easier.

As a junior at St. John’s University, I learned a few tips that helped me establish a solid routine. These tips apply to any year of college, regardless of the level of study.

St. John's University Student
Madison Coombs
Group of St. John's Students practicing their faith through service

Embracing Faith through Service: Q&A with Elvira Garcia ’20Ed

St. John’s University alumna Elvira Garcia ’20Ed has successfully integrated faith and service into her life and shared her extraordinary journey with us to commemorate Founder’s Week, an annual event honoring the University’s Vincentian and Catholic traditions.

Working progressional in risk management career

Is a Risk Management Career Right for You?

Do you have a passion for math, statistics, and finance? Are you someone who enjoys solving problems and thinking critically? If your answer is yes, then a career in risk management might be the perfect path for you.

In this blog post, we provide you with a thorough understanding of risk management, covering essential topics such as career options, required skills, and educational qualifications. By the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of whether a career in risk management is the right fit for your goals.

St. John's University student supporint diversity, equity and inclusion

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in College: Student Q&A

At a time when promoting and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion is crucial, Basmalla Hussein, a committed and passionate third-year Muslim student at St. John’s University, has taken charge of creating a positive impact. Drawing upon her high school experiences and a desire to contribute to a cause larger than herself, Basmalla shares her journey in this inspiring Q&A session.

Basmalla is a Student Coordinator in St. John’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and participates in their Student Equity Workshops (SEW). These workshops promote cultural awareness, sensitivity, diversity, and social justice at the University. She is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy program (Pharm.D.) degree and is expected to graduate in 2027.

Headshot of an Senior Actuarial Science St. John's University Alum

Exploring a Career in Actuarial Science: Q&A With Industry Expert

Are you interested in risk assessment, financial forecasting, and strategic decision-making? If so, get ready to explore the fascinating world of actuarial science. In this Q&A, we talk to St. John's University alum Brandon Alcaide,’19C, ’20GSRM. He is a Senior Actuarial Associate at TIAA, a well-known Fortune 100 financial services company providing extensive financial solutions.

Young female professional
Toni Critelli
College students discussing majors at St John’s University Campus

How to Choose a College Major: 5 Steps for Success

Are you embarking on your college journey and overwhelmed by the extensive list of major options? You’re not alone! Choosing a major is a significant decision that requires careful consideration.

This blog post teaches you how to choose a college major successfully. We answer common questions about choosing a major and provide five practical steps to consider.

Young female professional
Toni Critelli
study abroad male student standing behind view of Rome

Why Study Abroad in Rome? Advice from a St. John’s Student

Our new “Semester in Rome” series highlights St. John’s University students and their life-changing experiences studying abroad. They explain how studying abroad has greatly affected their personal and professional growth and readied them for a successful future.

Female, nonprofit leader looking out into the city view

Driving Social Impact: Alumna’s Path to Nonprofit Leader

In this inspiring Q&A, we explore the remarkable professional and academic journey of St. John’s alumna Bobbie L. Brown ’10G. With more than ten years of experience in community development, criminal justice, and education, Ms. Brown is passionate about investing in the principles of social impact to address the needs of under-resourced communities.

Young female professional
Toni Critelli
St. John's Watson Fellows

How to Stay Connected to St. Johns After Graduation

Graduating from college is a significant milestone, but it doesn’t mean your connection to alma mater must end. In this blog post, we cover six ways to stay connected —no matter where you are in the country or the world—to help you maintain a solid and meaningful relationship with the St. John’s community long after earning your diploma.

Young female professional
Toni Critelli
Students in red gowns throwing their black caps in the air after graduating

5 Tips to Prepare for Your Career Postgrad   

Graduating from college is an exciting and bittersweet moment. As you celebrate all the great friendships made and the hard work you put into earning a degree, it’s also time to start an entirely new life chapter. The transition from college to career can feel overwhelming; however, there are many great ways to prepare, even during the last few weeks leading up to graduation. In today’s blog post, we cover five tips to help you be successful as you prepare for your postgrad life.

Young female professional
Toni Critelli