Saint Joseph's University

Student Stories

The View From the Student Section

Let me paint you a picture of the SJU student section…   There are a minute and 30 seconds left in the game, SJU is down 2 points and the Davidson Wildcats have the ball. Hagan Arena is shaking with noise, excitement, and energy. The students chant “DEFENSE” as we stand in the student section…

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What it Means to #BeAHawk When You Are The Hawk

Being a Hawk is something I take a lot of pride in. When I was in the thick of my college search as a high school senior I knew that I wanted to be at a school near a city, a school that had Division I athletics, and a school that had a sports marketing…

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A Lifelong Hawk

To many, college is nothing other than a four-year experience.  However, my experience at St. Joe’s has exposed me to far more.  St. Joe’s has given me an opportunity to grow and develop my own values, make lifelong friends, and build valuable skills. Shortly after my birth in 1997, my Dad received a letter from…

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Transitioning from Puerto Rico to Hawk Hill

Coming from Puerto Rico, I found myself afraid to go to a university outside of the island I call home. It was a scary thought to be in a completely different state, alone, diving into a new phase of life. The only way I could go back was if I bought a flight ticket to…

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Going Greek?

Before coming to college, I knew I wanted to be a part of Greek Life. I grew up hearing my Dad’s stories about his fraternity, filled with the friends he remains close with to this day. His fraternity provided opportunities for service, academic assistance, and an international network of brothers that he continues to be…

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The Place Where the Door is Always Open

As a freshman, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the many extracurricular opportunities our campus has to offer. For some, the most intimidating building on campus is the one whose goal is to be the most welcoming: Campus Ministry. The old stone Wolfington house next to the chapel, for some, is a building they…

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Why I Decided to #BeAHawk

Being the first child, my parents had no idea where to take me for college tours. They threw around big names and I visited those schools, but never got the “home” vibe I was looking for. Then, my dad heard from a co-worker that his daughter had applied to Saint Joe’s. Not really knowing anything…

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Study Art. It’s Fun!

People tend to stereotype the study of fine arts as either “easy” or that in order to take a fine arts course you must be able to define “abstract art” and know everything about the Byzantine Era. Shockingly enough, this is all untrue. In fact, those who tend to get the most out of visual…

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Support Through Encounters

Leaving home and going to college creates a great deal of apprehension. Even though new students are joining hundreds of others in the same situation, it can lead to feelings of isolation. I had heard about WIP from one of my older friends who went to SJU but didn’t realize the impact it would have…

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Home is Where the Hawk is

“So, why did you pick St. Joe’s” One of my favorite questions to answer. I could talk about the professors, all of whom have something to teach, all of whom are knowledgeable about their field, all of whom want you to succeed. I could speak about our experiential learning, about how this style of learning prepares you…

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