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!


Name:  Bradley Mobeck
Major: Chemistry Biochemistry
Hometown: Granada Hills, California                                                                

Favorite part of being an Overnight host?                                                          

My favorite part of being an overnight host is that I get to give a perspective student the chance to see what Marist is all about. For  me, I did not necessarily get to take advantage of this opportunity because I was not able to fly over to New York at the time. That is why I want to give to the perspective student something I never was able to have; an opportunity to experience the community Marist can offer. I also enjoy participating in all the fun activities the Overnight Program has to offer. Seeing the excitement the student has while competing in the various games and enjoying their first meal in the dining hall brings me joy because it means that they are truly loving the time they are spending at Marist. Having the opportunity to see the effects the Overnight Program has on the perspective students makes being a host an amazing experience

Favorite part about Marist?

I love the many opportunities that Marist can provide for me. There are so many different activities, clubs, and organizations that are presented for Marist students to take advantage of. As an aspiring dentist, I love that Marist sets me up with the perfect path into applying for dental school. There are also many different resources, such as the math lab or the writing center, that can help if starts to get hard to balance school work and activities. These resources are available for use at times convenient for anyone.


Favorite part of being an Overnight host? 

It is extremely beneficial to participate in the Overnight Program because it allows the student to fully experience Marist with an awesome mentor by their side. I wish I could have participated in the overnight program because it would have helped me make my decision to attend Marist happen much quicker. The program lets students actually feel as if they were a college student. They get to participate in the typical college day which includes spending the night in a dorm, eating in the dining hall, going to class, and hang out with college students. It is so important to have this experience because whatever school you decide to go to, you will be spending about four years there. Four years is a long time and it is essential to know for sure that you feel Marist is the best fit.

 

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