Julie Ward Finds Her Place at Marist
Julie Ward is a Sophomore at Marist originally from Golden Valley, Minnesota. She is majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in Business.
What made you decide to come to Marist?
I worked with a college counselor and she just pulled schools for me based on my criteria. I knew I didn’t want to go to a big state university, that’s just too many people for me. I liked small class sizes and more personal relationships with teachers. I didn’t want to just be a number in a classroom. I also did the overnight program (at Marist) and that was amazing. That was really my deciding factor. I loved the community here.
What was your favorite thing about freshman year?
Being on my own and having that sense of independence; that was really cool. It’s scary at first when you’re trying to make new friends and it feels like kindergarten. But it’s a nice, fresh start and you just find your way eventually.
What was the toughest thing about freshman year?
I definitely underestimated the distance. I’ve never really been the homesick type, but it was a bit of an adjustment, especially not knowing anyone coming here. Once I made friends and felt more comfortable it got easier, though.
Do you have any goals or new things you want to try this year?
I definitely want to try to find a fashion internship for this summer, and I’m also actually in the process of filling out my application for the 2 week Paris extension program at the end of this semester.
What advice do you have for high school students thinking about coming to Marist?
Don’t let other people influence your college decision, whether that be your parents or your friends or anyone. You’ll figure out where you feel happy and where you feel comfortable, so you’ll just know.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2019
Major: Fashion Merchandising
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York