Meet a Host

Rachel Slovak

Name: Rachel Slovak
Major:
Spanish Adolescent Education
Minor:
Psychology, Global Studies and Studio Art
Hometown:
Lambertville, New Jersey

What is your favorite part of being an Overnight host?
My favorite part of being an overnight host is being able to be a mentor to the prospective student I'm hosting. I was in their shoes just a few years before because I did the overnight program as an incoming student, and I still remember that night so clearly, and remember how influential it was in my decision to come to Marist. As a host I get to be a part of a lot of the student's Marist "firsts" like eating in the dining hall of the first time, playing bingo or team games in the Cabaret for the first time, or even running around campus at night for the first time for a scavenger hunt; seeing their excitement and nervousness and eagerness reminds me of how I felt when I first visited Marist and why I ultimately chose this school, so being able to help someone else through that same process is such a joy for me.

What is your favorite part about Marist?
My favorite part about Marist is the number of opportunities it has afforded me throughout my career here. I'm currently a senior, and because of Marist's dedicated staff and breadth of program availability I've been able to present research at a national conference of foreign language teachers hosted by ACTFL, I lived abroad in Madrid, Spain for an entire year and was able to complete an internship at school while abroad, I've worked in the Admissions office as a greeter and a tour guide, and I'm well on my way to pursuing a graduate-level program after graduation.

Why is it beneficial to participate in the Overnight Program?
The Overnight Program provides probably one of the most "authentic" experiences a student can get when visiting a college campus. You spend all night among other college students, eat in the dining hall with college students, and, most importantly, you get the chance to just hang out with college students. You get to see what they do for fun, what their living spaces are like, and how they spend their time and interact with their peers. As a tour guide I know that our tours are as honest as possible, but nothing beats the authenticity of an overnight with a current student.


Name: Willis Rayton
WillisMajor: Business Administration and Marketing
Hometown: Northampton, MA

What is your favorite part of being an Overnight host?
I love being able to connect with the students on an informal level. It’s nice to see the students drop their typical barriers and open up about what they want and don’t want in a school; and helping them make a final decision that suits them best is what I am aiming to do. 

What is your favorite part about Marist?
Easy! My favorite part about Marist is the network that we make accessible. Instructors, advisors, friends, and employers alike are all part of this webwork. Seriously, I have met so many influential adults at this school, many of which I would call a mentor. Plain and simple there is just a different vibe at Marist, we really are a community. 

Why is it beneficial to participate in the Overnight Program?
Students participating in the Overnight Program will get to hang with Marist students who are solely there to help guide prospective students with their final decision. What we are not there to do is push you to come to Marist.  All of our hosts have excellent advice for those students who are confused. I did the overnight program when I was a senior in HS and flippin’ loved it, so here I am now, giving back what Marist has provided me with today.


Stephani SchellName: Stephani Schell
Major:
Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in Fashion Promotion
Minor:
Public Relations
Hometown:
Fremont, Ohio

Favorite part of being an Overnight host?
I enjoy being an host because it is an opportunity to help future students see if Marist is the right path for them. I love being able to share how I feel about Marist and what this college has to offer prospective Red Foxes, and to welcome them to the Marist community. The Overnight Program is not only a great chance to bond with everyone, but it's honestly just a lot of fun all around!

Favorite part about Marist?

My favorite part about Marist is truly the people I have met here. The Marist community is really something special, and unlike anything else. Everyone is so friendly and genuine, and the faculty and staff really want to see you succeed, both here at Marist and after you have left. The friends I have made here have impacted my life so much, and I know they will be my friends for life.

Why is it beneficial to participate in the Overnight Program?

When it came to my own college search process, I found the more time I spent on a particular campus, the more I could envision myself being successful there. I took every chance I had to visit schools while classes were in session, so that I could better see myself in the student's shoes. The chance to experience a full day in the life of a Marist student is one I would not pass up. You will get to meet fellow prospective students, current students, as well as current faculty, and ask them any questions you have. I can guarantee that by the end of the Overnight, you will have created lasting relationships and memories, and will have a much better sense of what life as a Red Fox is truly like!


 

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