Deanna DeVito, Pequannock, NJ
Like most high school seniors, I had high expectations about how my college experience would be. I was going to make great friends, do well in school, get involved in clubs and organizations, make a difference in my future college’s community and be successful over the next four years. Although I did succeed in my academic work and met people who had the same interests as my own, I did not feel at home and comfortable in the environment I was in, and realized that Siena College was not the right fit for me.
With my unhappiness at my current school, I made the decision to transfer. After visiting my twin sister at Marist multiple times, I instantly knew that it was the best place for me.
One of the reasons that made me fall in love with Marist College is that I automatically felt that I was part of a family and a tight knit community. I also felt that I was a part of the Marist family was when I decided to join Student Government and other clubs on campus. It was at those meetings that I was able to meet a variety of people and establish great relationships with them. It was also in those moments that I really understood that the students, faculty and the administration are the people who truly make Marist such a great place to be at. Without taking a risk and transferring in the middle of my first year of college I don’t think I would be as happy as I am today.
As a transfer student, if I had to give some advice to give to other transfer students and to students in general, it would be to do what makes you happy. You are at a point in your life where there are so many great opportunities and you will meet so many wonderful people. Take a risk and try a new club, sport, or activity on campus you might enjoy. By going out of your comfort zone, you will learn a great deal about yourself. You may even find what you are most passionate about!
In the end, by being in a place that you know you can thrive in, you will be a much happier person, and that is what college is all about, and Marist is that place for me!