Friday, July 8, 2016

Rose Mina - Sophomore of the Year

This year, Rose Mina, an international student was named Sophomore of the Year at the Hofstra Student Leadership Awards ceremony held on May 1, 2016. Rose shares some of her story as an international student leading up to being awarded Sophomore of the Year below.

My name is Rose Mina and I am from Kenya. I just completed my sophomore year and I am studying Finance and Mathematics.

My experience at Hofstra has been great. What I love most about Hofstra is the education experience. The professors are very committed in their work and they are approachable. What I learn in class is easily applicable to real life. Moreover, the class sizes enable me to have personal attention with my professors.

I also love my school because it has many opportunities for students to be involved and thus become well-rounded students.

I am involved in different clubs such as the African Student Association, HINT (Hofstra International) and for two years I was a Pride Guide. I am also a Global Mentor, and my role is to mentor new international students and help them in their adjustment to the new school and country.

All the above co-curricular activities have enabled me gain valuable experience on how to relate with people. I am also growing as a leader. At the end of the 2016 spring semester, I was humbled to be named Sophomore of the Year due to my involvement on campus. I am excited for what the remaining half of college has for me. I like challenging myself and Hofstra is giving me the platform to face challenges and growth experiences that are shaping me to become a leader who will hopefully bring change to society.

Guest Blogger: Rose N. Mina
Junior – BBA in Finance

International Student Affairs wishes to extend congratulations to Rose on being chosen as Sophomore of the Year.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Welcoming class of #Hofstra2020!

“I loved orientation, and I don't want to leave. I already knew that Hofstra was where I want to be, but this week just solidified that. It showed me that I really belong at Hofstra and it's the perfect place for me. I absolutely love it here. Orientation was an amazing experience and I'm so glad I got to start my summer with it.”   –Class of 2020 Student.

As we hit the halfway point for the summer, it is clear that the Class of 2020 is off to a great start. The new students have been finding their sense of Hofstra PRIDE, over the extensive three-day program that the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement has been diligently planning over the last year. During orientation incoming students are escorted across campus, meeting with all of the offices and resources that they will need to know about come September.

One of the big resources that the new students will learn about is the Student Success Collaborative, which is includes: Career Center, Student Access Services, Center for Academic Excellence and Center for University Advising. This Collaborative was put in place as a partnership to support students throughout their Hofstra career. By connecting academic and personal
experiences, student success collaborative ensure your success in achieving your current and future goals. Along with those offices students are exposed to are Public Safety, Title-IX, Fitness Center, HofCard, Residence Life and other fun and helpful places on campus like the Game Room and student center cafeteria. The students are encouraged to ask as many questions as they can think of to these offices, to ensure that all their questions or concerns are answered.

            A unique feature that the students at Hofstra get to partake in is the model class. Each year for orientation the incoming students all read the same book chosen by the university.  At their orientation professors lead conversations surrounding the book, allowing the new students to get a sense of what a real college class could look like. Students are very receptive to this experience and it helps them gage how they should prepare come the fall semester.
           We trained 20 Orientation Leaders this year to embark on the journey to make every new member of the Hofstra Pride feel as though they belong on this campus. Orientation is set in place so that the students are knowledgeable about the campus and the resources that are made available to them during their time at Hofstra.  Based on some of the reactions from students and parents at check-out, we are doing a pretty good job. We can’t wait to meet all the members of the class of 2020…Go Pride! #HofWelcomes2020

If you have any questions about Orientation contact OSLE

Had fun at Orientation? Stay updated about Welcome Week September 1-5.

Written by Tori Succi - Graduate Assistant to Director of Communications for Student Affairs