Are the acceptation letters starting to arrive? Are you trying you to figure out, how far away from home you want to be? Which school is offering you the best scholarship? Which school feels like home to you?
Deciding on which college or university to attend this fall is a hard but important decision that will shape your future.
As we begin mailing our acceptation letters to student, we thought it might be helpful if we share a few of our students’ stories.
Stefanie Luongo, Class of 2014:
I was very indecisive about what college I would attend. I had a few options in mind, one being Iona. When I went to visit, I fell in love with the campus right away. All of the students seemed friendly and I was especially amazed with the Mass Communications department. I liked that there would only be about 20-30 students per class, because I knew I would feel comfortable and the professors would know me on a personal level. I was used to attending small schools, and Iona seemed like the perfect fit for me.
In addition, Iona had a lot to offer such as many clubs and activities, Greek life and sports. I liked that New York City is only a 30 minute train ride away, and that there are a lot of internship opportunities linked to Iona. I knew choosing Iona was going to be one of the best decisions of my life. As a senior at Iona, I look back at all the amazing experiences and friendships I have gained. I know that none of them would have been possible if I hadn’t chosen Iona as my home away from home for the past four years.
Marykate Murnane, Class of 2014:
I remember it was the first day back after summer break and every single class that I walked into, the same exact question was asked, “So, have you decided what colleges you want to apply to?”
It was my first day as a high school senior, the day I have been waiting for since I started high school. The last thing I wanted to think about was graduating and having to leave all my friends, I didn’t want to start over. As the days, weeks, and months went on, the hot topic of college became more serious. Not just with my teachers and counselor but with my parents, family and most shockingly, my friends. I didn’t have the option to not think about it.
I really didn’t know where I wanted to go and I definitely didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I decided I was going to go to school and study early childhood education. At the time it seemed fitting and some of my friends were doing the same. My friends started talking about what schools they were hoping to get into and how far they were from home. I thought about staying home but then realized if I didn’t leave now, I would never leave so I started looking at my options. I decided to apply to Iona and see if I even got it before going and looking at the campus. I got my acceptance letter a month later and for some reason I knew I was going to go attend Iona.
I went to visit the campus a few weeks later with my dad, who happened to fall in love with Iona more than I did. It was as if he was the one who got accepted. I just felt like I belonged here, I got a sense of home and no other school gave me that feeling.
Fast forward four years later and I am a senior. I am graduating in May with a degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in Public Relations. Because of Iona I had the opportunity to join Phi Sigma Sigma sorority which is a sisterhood that changed my life and will forever be a part of who I am, study abroad in Barcelona for the summer, intern in London for three months, meet strangers who turned into my best friends, and realize that I am capable of things I never thought I could do. Iona College gave me the confidence I needed to succeed and move forward in life.
Katie Bonilla, Class of 2014:
Butterflies in my stomach, heart pounding right through my chest, and different thoughts running through my head was what I was feeling as I was on my way for the first time to Iona College. What will it be like? Will I like it? Will the experience be good? Will people be nice and friendly? I did not know what to expect. Green, open, and warm was what I felt going into Iona College’s campus. I was walking around Iona and I felt a sense of community, a close and welcoming community. I loved how the buildings were brick and they were surrounded by natural green beauty. I loved how close the buildings and dorms were to campus. I loved knowing that because it was a small sized school that if I walked onto campus I would know someone. Slowly all those fearful thoughts and emotions were drifting away.
I was going to stay the night at Iona and again the fearful emotions came back. There was an event that night at the gym for spring weekend. The host I stayed with made me feel at home and comfortable. Her friends were also very friendly and it was not what I thought it was going to be like.
The event was a blast. The energy I felt from all the students made me want to part of it and part of Iona College. Walking back from the gym, the dorms grasped my attention and I knew then, I wanted to go to Iona. The feeling I got when looking at the dorms that night was for some reason breath taking to me as cheesy as that sounds. After that moment I knew I wanted to come back to Iona College but next time to be a student here.