Brendan Wilson is a junior from Hawthorne, New Jersey. He is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. Brendan is involved with Marist’s Student Programming Council and Habitat for Humanity and is known by his friends for telling “dad jokes.”
Why did you choose your major?
I switched into this major when I first came to Marist. I did not really know what I wanted to do with my life but I realized that every single industry has some sort of business component so I gave it a shot! It has to be the best decision I made because the professors in the School of Management all have held jobs in their respective fields They give a real world perspective to give a better understanding of the course material. I love the coursework in my major as it has allowed me to intern with the Port Authority of NY & NJ.
How many schools did you apply to when you were looking at colleges?
I looked at about 10 schools and applied to 6. My advice would be to still look at schools that you may have no interest in because I was able to take away things that stood out and use them to find a school that was a compilation of what I liked.
What clubs and activities are you involved in on campus?
I am the current shadowing CFO for the Student Programming Council, which is in charge of running 75% of social events on campus for students ranging from the Spring Concert to comedians. I am also involved with Marist College Habitat for Humanity Chapter and have been very fortunate to participate in the Collegiate Challenge for the past two years. This is where students give up their spring break and travel to a different part of the United States to help other Habitat affiliates. This past trip was to Lucedale, MS and the prior year was to Birmingham, AL. Getting to work with the homeowners and the people from the area while hearing their stories really changes your perspective on how fortunate we are. These are two things that employers always ask me about during interviews, which makes me stand out from other applicants thanks to the various clubs and organizations at Marist.
What would you tell your freshman year self?
There is so much I would tell my freshman year self but the biggest advice is to try new things and experience as much as you can! I know you hear it all the time but these four years fly by so make the most of it because through new experiences college becomes so much more meaningful.
What has been one highlight of your time at Marist?
I could talk for hours about highlights of my time at Marist so far but the one unique memory that stands out is being a part of the “All I Want for Christmas” music video during my freshman year which got over 100,000 views on YouTube. It started out with a silly idea which my freshman year RA suggested at one of the floor meetings but ended up being a very memorable event because we got featured not only on campus but through local and national news outlets. One other highlight has to be all of the great people I have met from many different cultures and backgrounds, which has made me a more well-rounded individual. I will be life-long friends with many people I have shared the Marist experience with.
After visiting Marist during Accepted Students Weekend, I knew it was the right fit for me due to the strong sense of community I felt and the pure beauty of the campus. Coming from a high school that had a graduating class of around 120, Marist is the perfect size for me because there are typically no more than 30 students in each of my classes so the professors get to build relationships with each one of their students instead of just being a number. Also, the proximity to New York City really allows students to gain invaluable experiences by taking advantage of not only internships during each semester but also cultural experiences such as Broadway trips, Yankee games, shopping trips, etc. that allows students to experience things many other colleges and universities are unable to offer.
Written by Sophia Brana '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2018
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Management
Campus: New York