Alexandra “Ali” Ayers is a senior from Locust Valley, New York who majored in Journalism with a Paralegal certificate. During her time at Marist, she wrote for The Circle, blogged for River + Stone, coached at the Marist Poll, and was the Class of 2016 Historian.
What's the biggest lesson Marist has taught you?
Marist has taught me that it's okay to be thrust out of your comfort zone. Those are the best learning experiences. If I always stuck with what I was comfortable with I would have never met my amazing friends or learned all that I did from my classes and professors. If it's easy, it probably isn't good for you.
What's a piece of advice you would give to an incoming freshman?
Don't get discouraged if you don't make your best friends right away or know exactly what you want to do with your life. Take advantage of everything Marist has to offer in terms of activities and academics. There are so many incredible resources that Marist has to offer and everyone is there to build you up and help you. Also, Brother Frank is absolutely right that by graduation you will meet people that will be in your wedding party.
Why did you choose to go abroad?
My mother's favorite city in the world is Florence, Italy and when I first looked at Marist she was so impressed that Marist had a branch campus there. I was scared because none of my close friends were going there, but my parents encouraged me to take the plunge. I met some of my very best friends abroad and it truly was the best four months of my life. I learned so much about the world and myself. My Marist experience wouldn't have been complete without it.
Written by Sarah Gabrielli '18
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Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York