Applying to SJU as an Undergrad
You’ve heard the term in the Declaration of Independence. If you’re a Kid Cudi fan, you know he has a song entitled “Pursuit of Happiness.” Or if you’re a movie buff, you know of the Will Smith movie, “Pursuit of Happyness.” But what does the pursuit of happiness really mean?
Well, no one actually knows. It’s been interpreted in so many different ways that’s it’s hard to describe exactly what it means. Pursue what you think will make you happy. Duh. But what will make you happy?
That, dear reader, is up to you and only you.
These are in no particular order, but these are some of the professors that I’ve had in the past four years that I’ve really enjoyed having:
Dr. Divya Balasubramaniam – Introductory MicroEconomics
- Dr. Divya is one of the greatest professors on campus. As a business major, I was required to take micro and macroeconomics. This wasn’t a topic that I was too interested in, but she made it so much fun. She is an amazing teacher and is always willing to help. Four years later, we always say hi to each other on campus and I usually get to see her at the Interfaith Service in the beginning of the spring semester.
Before I came to college I knew for sure that I would be a business major. I was also certain that I wanted to do something relating to management. The BA major here is exactly what I was looking for. It’s pretty flexible, covers a lot of aspects in overall business, and you get to have a lot of say in the courses that you take. Students typically take five courses each semester. If need be, you can also take courses over the summer and during breaks
There are ten core classes that you have to take aside from the GEP (General Education Program) requirements:
- ACC 101 – Concepts of Financial Accounting
- ACC 102 – Managerial Accounting
- DSS 200 – Introduction to Information Systems
- DSS 210 – Business Statistics
- DSS 220 – Business Analytics
- FIN 200 – Introduction to Finance
- MGT 110 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior
- or MGT 120 – Essentials of Management (it doesn’t matter which one)
- MGT 360 – Legal Environment of Business
- MKT 201 – Principles of Marketing
- BUS 495 – Business Policy
In addition to these you also will complete ACC 100 – Excel Competency online.
Even though I never got to attend the festivities of Admitted Students Day when I was a high school senior being behind the scenes as an RA proved to be just as fun. Once you’ve received your red envelope there are three major events that can help you seal the deal:
- Multicultural Admissions Program (MAP) – April 1st: MAP is both fun and educational. The purpose of the program is to show incoming students the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus. Prospective students get to spend a night in the residence halls, get familiar with some upperclassmen,
– The Beatles, ‘Come Together’
On Sunday afternoon, I headed over to campus to represent Radio 1851 at the Fall View open house. I’d never been to one of SJU’s open houses before today; after I applied as a senior, my family and I took a guided tour and, more or less, decided on the spot that St. Joe’s would be my new home for the next four years.
As I woke up that morning to the brisk morning air coming through my window, the only thing on my mind was snuggling back into my blankets.
The Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) at SJU is a program I hold near and dear to my heart, and not just because it saved me a few hassles moving into my freshman dorm a few days early.
The early move-in program takes small groups of incoming freshmen to a service site in Philadelphia for three mornings straight (while using public transportation!)– the same site every day. In the afternoon, groups explore various fun places in Philadelphia, meet professors who take them on a tour of a Philly neighborhood, reflect on these experiences,
I pass my old dorm, wondering how I haven’t yet walked into it, swiped in, and taken the stairs to the third floor like I did all of last year. I walk around campus actually knowing where all of my classes are. I am already a part of organizations on campus and actually ran parts of Welcome Week and the Student Union Board table at the activities fair instead of just walking around enjoying all that the school has to offer.
Whenever anyone asks me whether or not I have siblings I never cease to be stunned. I always respond with a quiet “What?” when really I mean “What?! How could you not know I have siblings?!” It is a simple question with an even simpler answer: yes. I could even eliminate the bonus questions of how many siblings do you have or are they older or younger by saying, yes I have two older sisters. You are probably wondering “What is wrong with this girl? People are just trying to make polite conversation with her. How could they possibly know she has siblings if they just met her?
In the first semester of my sophomore year at SJU, I came face to face with a certain quote that both excites and terrifies me to the core.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
On the surface this is an inspiring bit of writing. Anyone can appreciate the way the words jump at you,
During internship interviews, everyone is asked: Why did you choose (insert major) as your major? When I am asked this question, I use it as an opportunity to tell the employer about myself. Deciding a major is just as big of a decision as deciding where to go to college. Some students decide their major based on the college that they are or will be attending, while other students decide the college based on the major that they would like to major in. I was a student that knew I wanted to major in accounting and then decided to go to Saint Joseph’s based on majoring in accounting.