College of Arts and Sciences

Katrina Nicolaides ’17 and Allison Samson ’17

“I feel that at this point in life I couldn’t  have more experience in the autism field than I do right now.” — Katrina Nicolaides ’17 “In my experience at the Kinney Center I have learned that no two children or adults with a disability are alike.” — Allison Samson ’17 Katrina Nicolaides ’17 of…

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Claribel Villa ’17

“Next week, I will be the first person from my immediate family to graduate from college. My graduation means making my parents proud and setting an example for my younger sisters.” Claribel Villa has big plans for the future: She hopes to become a social worker in the Latino community. The sociology and Spanish double…

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Niknaz Riazati ‘17

“Keep a strong desire in your head. Make your wings strong for the day you get to fly.” Niknaz Riazati ‘17 recalls circling the outside of the library at the University of Tehran, looking for a door that didn’t have a security guard on duty, or a group of students she could follow in without…

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Nyshawana Francis-Thompson ’17 (Ed.D.)

“I evolved as a leader through each class. I knew I was ready to lead at the macro level just after I finished my course work.” Before enrolling in SJU’s Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Educational Leadership Program, Nyshawana Francis-Thompson was a special education teacher and liaison for the School District of Philadelphia. While the rewards of…

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Sarah Cooney ’17

“I want to take what I’ve learned about mathematics and computer science and use it help people and affect positive change in the world.” After commencement, Sarah Cooney ’17 will be traveling to the other side of the country to continue her education. An associate John P. McNulty Scholar,  Cooney is a mathematics and computer…

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Kyle Chalmers ’17

“With the academic and interpersonal skills I’ve developed here, I know I’m set up to make an impact in the present and in the future.” Tennis is what initially brought Tempe, Arizona native Kyle Chalmers ‘17 to the East Coast to attend Saint Joseph’s University, but once he settled into Hawk Hill, he dove into…

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Ashley Varghese ’17

“After hearing the stories of people on the ‘inside’ during the Inside-Out course, I decided that I wanted to be a defense attorney for juvenile offenders.” Ashley Varghese ’17 has a major goal for her future: to turn her passion into a career. Varghese, a criminal justice major from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, plans to attend…

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Zachery Brown ’17

“Whether I was conducting research, teaching, or simply studying for my classes, my time in the physics department here at SJU gave me the foundational knowledge I hope to carry with me for the rest of my career.” If you’ve ever seen an artist blowing glass, you likely marveled at the cooling process, as the…

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Michael DiMuzio ’17

“The compassion that came from my doctors and nurses at CHOP, backed by their expertise in caretaking, inspired me to go into medicine as a way to give back and help those in need.” Senior biology major Michael DiMuzio has always had a passion for science. But the future medical student was propelled in the…

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Andrew Arner ’17

“I learned  leadership and teamwork skills, two things that will benefit me immensely in my professional life.” Andrew Arner ’17, an interdisciplinary health services major with minors in biology and interdisciplinary health care ethics from Bethlehem, Pa., has always known that he wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and work in medicine. “Medicine changes…

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