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Alysia Arcona

Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Secondary Education/ English
Clubs/Organizations: Student Assistant to Registrar; Women's Soccer; Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honors Society); American Sign Language Club; Orientation Leader
Why I Chose Felician College: I chose Felician because of the small, Catholic community that it provides. I liked the small faculty to student ratio because I knew that I could easily get individual attention if I needed it. I was also recruited to Felician to play soccer so that was a big part of my decision.
Advice for New Students: Get involved in as many things as possible. There are endless opportunities that are provided and the more you are involved in, the more you will get out of your experience at Felician.

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Lara Begg

Hometown: Fort Lee , NJ
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Psychology
Clubs/Organizations: Felician College Honors Scholar; Admissions Student Ambassador; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician because of the warm and friendly environment which makes it feel as though you are not just at school but you are at a home away from home. I also felt that because of the small class sizes I would be able to get the attention that I need from my professors instead of being just a "number" in a crowded classroom.
Advice for New Students: Don’t be shy or afraid to ask for help when you need it because everyone here from the faculty to even other students will always be more than happy to help you. Also try to take advantage of all the chances that may come your way while at Felician so that you can really make the most out of your next four years at the school!
 

Anthony Bizien

Anthony Bizien

 

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: History & Philosophy
Minor: Psychology & Global Peace and Justice
Clubs/Organizations: Baseball; Golf; Residence Life Assistant; Student Assistant to Registrar; Nicaragua Humanitarian Trip Volunteer; Veritas Philosophy Club; Student Athletic Advisory Committee; Active Minds; Felician College Honors Scholar; Building Our Futures Bond Campaign; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician College because of the community atmosphere that can be felt around the campus. Small class sizes lead to individualized attention from professors which mean that the faculty really gets to know their students. Felician students are given the tools and opportunities they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Advice for New Students: Do everything you can to get the most out of the next four years at Felician. Get involved in the community through the various clubs and organizations that are offered as well as through volunteer opportunities. Make as many connections with people as you can – especially with professors – because those are relationships that will help you as you move forward in the future toward your goals.

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Seirra Botaskos

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Business Management
Clubs/Organizations: Veteran's Student Support Specialist; Orientation Leader
\Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician College because of the small class sizes and the friendly professors. I also wanted hands-on professors what would always be available to help.
Advice for New Students: I would tell incoming first years not to stress about choosing a major right away! Be outgoing and maybe join a club or two or make friends with people who have similar goals and aspirations. If you ever need advice/help/counseling to please try and seek it right away, especially if its going to affect your studies.

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Christie Calandrillo

Hometown: Lincoln Park, NJ
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Psychology}
Clubs/Organizations: Women's Soccer; Psychology Club; Psi Chi National Honor Society; Admissions Student Ambassador; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician because of its homey atmosphere and small classrooms I also loved the girls on the soccer team as well as the coach.
Advice for New Students: Be yourself! Join as many activities as you can. Stay involved on campus and don't slack on school work.

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Kristen Carrion

Hometown: Wallington, NJ
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Nursing
Clubs/Organizations: Senior Gift Council; Felician College Honors Scholar; Student Nursing Association; Felician Filipinos and Friends; Office of institutional Advancement Ambassador; Student Alumni Association; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I heard about Felician's nursing program and I heard it was really good. I also wanted to attend after seeing the programs it offers and the small student population as well. The professors know us on a personal level and the student to professor ratio is small.
Advice for New Students: Branch out and meet new people. Become involved in clubs, organizations, sports and school, try to volunteer. Become friendly with your professors

Joanna Chacon

Joanna Chacon

Hometown: Elmwood Park
Major: Biology; Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Bio-Pre Physical Therapy
Clubs/Organizations: Student Assistant to the Registrar; Residence Life Assistant; Nicaragua Humanitarian Trip Volunteer; Assisi Pilgrim; Women's Cross Country; Cheerleading; Honor Society; ASL Club; Felician Presidential Inauguration Day of Service Subcommittee; Peer Supporter; Study Abroad- Italy; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose to attend Felician initially for its small size. I came from a high school where the average class size was about 15 students max and the thought of sitting in a giant lecture hall with thousands of other students was not a setting I wanted to be in. I did not want to be just a number, where the professor never knew your name and would never recognize you outside the classroom setting. Felician offered classroom sizes that provides you with individual attention—professors KNOW who you are, not only inside the classroom, but outside also. They know your history, learning style, and you not only as a student, but as a person.
Advice for New Students: Number 1: Become involved!!! Felician offers opportunities you cannot get at any other school! Get to know all the faculty and staff. You will be surprised with how much you have in common with them. Number 2: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! Ask, ask, ask away! Your professors are more than willing to stay and help you as long as you put in 100% . Number 3: Study abroad and get to know the world. College is the perfect time to do it. Felician offers different types of programs that last anywhere from 2 weeks to a whole semester.

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Business Management/ Marketing
Clubs/Organizations: Baseball; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician to play baseball and to stay close to home. Really enjoyed how friendly the coaching staff was during recruitment.
Advice for New Students: Do not write off Felician because it is small. Make your own fun and meet your new best friends, like I did!

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Melinda George

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Bio-Pre Physician Assistant
Clubs/Organizations: Mendel's Science Club; Admissions Student Ambassador; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I love the one on one attention with the professors, small class sizes, everyone knows each other, friendly environment.
Advice for New Students: It’s all about time management! Learn to balance your academic life and your social life. Be involved with as many clubs and sports because your experience at Felician College is what you make it.

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Gavin Gillespie

Hometown: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Computer Science
Clubs/Organizations: Admissions Student Ambassador; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College:Felician was more student oriented than the other colleges that I looked at. They definitely stand by their motto, “Student’s First.”
Advice for New Students: Be on time for classes and talk to your professors if you need help. Email your professors if you aren't going to come to class.

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Jarryd Horsely

Hometown: Orange, NJ
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Computer Science
Clubs/Organizations: Residence Life Assistant; Basketball; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I liked the fact it was local, private catholic college and it close to home. Felician has a good basketball program and I was very interested in playing collegiately. Also, this campus is a very diverse.
Advice for New Students: Time management: be sure to get enough sleep, study hard with minimal distractions, no stress, no drama, take care of your bodies.

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Dean Louka

Hometown: Wood Ridge, NJ
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Accounting
Clubs/Organizations: Baseball; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I enjoyed the small classes and playing for the baseball team.
Advice for New Students: Enjoy every aspect of college. Make it fun!

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Jamie Orpilla

Hometown: Kearny, NJ
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Nursing
Clubs/Organizations: Student Nursing Association; Felician Filipinos and friends; Office of Institutional Advancement Ambassador; Student Alumni Association; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: Small class size and the educational opportunities.
Advice for New Students: Be active in student life!

Julia Sheridan

Julia Sheridan

Hometown: Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Accounting
Clubs/Organizations: Women's Soccer; Admissions Student Ambassador; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: I chose Felician because I knew I could benefit from the small class sizes and personalized attention from faculty.
Advice for New Students: College is really what you make of it. What you put in is what you are going to get out. All the resources to succeed here at Felician, are at your finger tips, don’t be afraid to use them. You are in control of your future, make the best of it!

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Halei VanDyke

Hometown: West Milford, NJ
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Special Education, History
Clubs/Organizations: Women's Softball; Residence Life Assistant, Kappa Delta Pi; Senior Gift Council; Orientation Leader
Why I chose Felician College: Small class size, education program is one of the best in the state, and the location is close to NYC.
Advice for New Students: Get involved! Take advantage of every opportunity you get, four years fly's by! Meet new people and build personal and professional relationships to take with you after college