St. Joseph’s College celebrates its centennial this year (don’t act like you didn’t know) — this means our students and alumni will be treated to a yearlong party with special events and guests, culminating in the May 2016 commencement of our 100th graduating class. It also means that our entering freshmen are our centennial students whose first glimpse of St. Joseph’s will be as we turn the big 1-0-0.
Since this distinction is a big one, it’s only right that the Class of 2019 features some of the brightest and best collegiate learners around.
We recently had the chance to speak with three SJC Brooklyn freshmen to ask about their interest in the College, intended majors and desired careers.
Meet Izabella Armstrong, Adam Schwartz and Ty’Quan Gaskins: Izabella will enter our new nursing program while Ty’Quan declares a marketing major and Adam Schwartz tackles Business Administration with a sports marketing concentration.
What inspired you to attend SJC?
Adam: I was introduced to SJC when [Men’s Baseball Head] Coach [Jerry] Sidman called and asked if I would be interested in playing college baseball. Upon further investigation, I found that the college offered a major that I was interested in. Finally, based on my high school academics, I was able to receive a full academic scholarship.
Ty’Quan: I decided to attend St. Joseph College after attending an open house. I came all the way from Virginia Beach and everyone was so welcoming and accommodating — not only to me but to my family as well. From arrival to after the visit I felt like I was home and around people who actual cared. When we left the great faculty insisted we take some sandwiches and drinks for our journey back home and wished us safe travels.
Izabella: I’m going to be on the women’s soccer team, so when I was being recruited I knew I wanted to go far away. I’m from Ohio, so when I was visiting colleges there, I figured if I can visit somewhere six hours away and still be in Ohio why not go six hours another direction and go to school in NYC? Everything just seemed like a great fit after I talked with the coach and visited the college.
What led you to go into your major/career field?
Adam: I am always intrigued with the unusual stats that commentators have at sporting events, and as a good math student I would enjoy coming up with those stats. Realistically, I will not be playing baseball professionally, so I would like to learn the business aspect of a team sport.
Ty’Quan: I’ve always been interested in marketing/advertising. I held positions within organizations that directly correlate with marketing and I always excelled in that class as well. The logistics behind marketing is a major part of international society and makes a big impact on population.
Izabella: I’ve always wanted to go into the medical field, and I’ve always been really interested in being a nurse. I don’t get grossed out by much too, so that helps.
What are your career plans?
Adam: After graduation, I would like to get a job where I can combine my interest in business and sports. Maybe I can get a job as a statistician for a sports team or ESPN or possibly become a player agent.
Ty’Quan: I plan to use my then-extensive resume to win a job within a corporate marketing organization within the city.
Izabella: After graduation I’ll work for a year in a hospital as a registered nurse, then I’ll go back to school so I can become a certified nurse anesthetist.
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
Adam: I currently play baseball for the Cadets Baseball Club.
Ty’Quan: Throughout high school I’ve always been very involved in extracurricular activities, these activists include: Student Government, Future Business Leaders of America, Multicultural Club, DECA, Mentor Program, Tennis, and an Honor Society.
Izabella: I’ll be a member of the soccer team, and I’m very excited to play with everyone and get to know them!
What was your dream job as a kid?
Adam: As a kid, i wanted to be a major league baseball player. Playing little league baseball and travel baseball made me think that I could play for the Mets one day. Overtime, I realized that it is a great long shot to fulfill that dream so the next best thing would be to get a job in a sports related field.
Adam: The Blind Side.
Izabella: The Hunger Games! I’m not exaggerating when I say I read that series six times — it’s an obsession.
Adam: “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” That is why I believe you have to always be at your best, every day, no matter what you do.
Izabella: Anything that has ever came out of Taylor Swift’s mouth is absolute gold. I’ll have to go with that.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
Adam: The biggest influence in my life has been my mother. She has taught me the value of being a good person who listens to others and cares for family and friends and to treat everyone with respect and dignity.
Ty’Quan: My mother, she’s always been there for me and has always wanted the best for me. Sometimes I may not understand her, but I know everything she does is to make sure I can be just as successful, if not more. Although I may not show how much I appreciate everything she does physically, I do value and admire her everyday.
What do you do in your spare time?
Adam: I love to play all sports. My favorite is baseball, but if you give me a ball and send me to a park I am set for the day. I also love video games and researching the newest phones, watches and cars that are going to be released.
Izabella: Aside from playing soccer, I really like basketball. I’m a huge Cavs fan, and I watch a lot of movies too. I’m always up for hanging with friends and family also.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Izabella: It’d be cool if Amy Schumer could, she’s relatable in the worst way.
Aside from earning a degree and getting a job, what do you hope to get out of your time at SJC?
Adam: I would like to become a well rounded person who could hep promote the school. I would also like to make many lasting friendships.
Izabella: When I graduate from SJC, I want to be able to say that I made some of the best memories in the city with great friends.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Ty’Quan: I feel my biggest challenge will be what’s about to come within the next week. Moving six hours away from my family and everything I ever knew to follow my dreams since as far as I can think of, which is to move to New York. Although it’s been my dream for years, now that it’s coming true makes me feel a little apprehensive and nervous of being on my own and of to what’s to come.
Best advice you’ve gotten?
Adam: Always work hard, because even if there are set backs, the hard work will eventually pay off in a positive way.
If you made front page news, what would be the headline?
Adam: “Adam Schwartz has game winning walk-off hit to lift SJC to the college world series championship.”
Ty’Quan: “Youngest executive makes it in Big Apple.”
Izabella: “New student disappears.” (I think I’m going to get lost a lot, hopefully that doesn’t happen!)