Eliza Patterson

Eliza Patterson is a junior from Storrs, CT. She is a political science major and public relations minor. She spent the first semester of her junior year studying and interning abroad in London.

Why did you decide to come to Marist?
The first time I toured here it felt like home. I loved the class sizes and how it seemed like more of a community than a big state school would be. All of the students and the administration seemed very close and connected. I liked knowing that I was going to a school where it would be easy to connect to the staff on campus.

What did you enjoy most about going abroad?
I really enjoyed the internship I did while I was there. It not only showed me what the real world in the professional setting would be like but it pushed me out of my comfort zone, especially while interacting with people of a different culture.

What is the biggest lesson you learned freshman year?
Don’t settle. I learned that you have to keep an open mind; just because you make certain friends or join a certain club doesn’t mean you should stop looking for other opportunities.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
Branch out and don’t be afraid to meet new people and connect with administrators. Making valuable connections from the beginning is one of the most important things a student could do.

Written by Erin O'Brien '18

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Profile Type: Class of 2018
Major: Political Science
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York
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