Katie PoluzziClintondale, NY
Kaitlyn Poluzzi is a double major in Biomedical Science and Medical Technology. On campus, Katie participates in clubs such as St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn, the ambassador program, Campus Ministry, and she sits on the e-board for the Commuter Council. Throughout the year, she is a tour guide for the Admission Office and a student assistant for First Year Programs. She can also be found on campus during the summer working as an Orientation Leader.
What made you choose to transfer to Marist?
I chose to transfer to Marist for several reasons, one of the most important being that Marist has such dedicated faculty and staff who really take the time to get know us as people. Another reason was that I found the student body to be so friendly and welcoming. It was so easy to get involved on campus and in the local community with all of the opportunities available on campus. And lastly, the facilities are great. Not only do you get a picturesque view of the Hudson River when you are on campus, but when I got to see the laboratories and science classrooms on campus, it really sealed the deal. I had finally found my second home.
Can you talk about your experience with the faculty within your academic school?
The faculty in the School of Science is absolutely spectacular. One of my first experiences with my department as a prospective student has always left an impact on me. A professor had brought my mom and me into the analytical chemistry lab and while we were there discussing research opportunities, he said, “It’s rather lonesome doing research without students.” Our science professors want to see us get involved in research, and they thoroughly understand all of the subject matter we are learning. Whether it be office hours, or just sharing a science pun, the faculty members are always available for their students.
What’s it like to be a commuter student on campus?
For commuter students, my best advice would be: don’t go home after class. There’s so much to do on campus and so many places to study! It may be tempting to just head home, but take that time to grab coffee with someone, form a study group, relax in the Student Center or even just stay a little later at night for club meetings. We want you involved on campus and taking advantage of all of the resources we have. The Commuter Council also puts on special events like pizza tables every other Wednesday, as well as trips like apple picking and hiking so you can get to know other commuter students.
What advice would you give to prospective transfer students?
My advice for prospective transfer students is, trust your instincts. I knew Marist would be my home away from home after I took another tour and was able to meet with some faculty and students. Between the academic programs offered, the active student body, and the dedicated faculty and staff, it really helped solidify my decision to come to Marist. I know what it is like to feel like you never belonged at the school you’re currently enrolled in, but here at Marist I am loving it! I was so worried about coming in as a spring semester transfer, and now when I look back, I realize how silly that was. If you think Marist is the college for you, I guarantee you will find a home here, just like I did.