Hometown: Lemont, Ill.
High School: Lemont High School
I was a resident assistant for two years. Also, I was majorly involved in the Columbian Players, which is the theatre group on campus. I was vice president of the club for three years as well as a part of seven productions for four years at SJC. Another club that I got involved in was the Student Association -- our student government. I was a member of the student senate for four years as well as being the executive vice president of the student body my sophomore/junior year.
How did you hear about SJC?
One of the admissions counselors came to my high school during lunch. My mother works as campus security at my high school, so she came up to me and said “Joe, wouldn’t it be cool if you went to a school that had the same name as you!” And then I checked out SJC, and I instantly fell in love with the small college atmosphere and class sizes.
Have you received financial aid?
The Presidential Scholarship. It allowed me to not have any debt for my undergraduate schooling and helps me in the long run with graduate school.
Why did you choose SJC?
I chose SJC because of the small college atmosphere. I wanted to go to a college where I wouldn’t be just a number. Also I chose SJC because I was able to get involved in so many activities. I always loved doing theatre and band in high school, and I wanted to continue that in college without having to be a Music or Theatre Arts major.
The Core Program
The Core Program is what makes SJC unique. One great aspect of the Core Program is that because you do not have any general education classes, you are able to start your major classes right away and find out if that major is what you want to do. Also, the Core Program has allowed me to develop critical thinking and writing skills that will help me with my future career as well as shape me into a better individual.
How did you find out about the Delta Epsilon Sigma award?
I was looking for scholarships that I could apply for online and I remember reading in the Delta Epsilon Sigma newsletter about fellowship awards the organization awards to a handful of senior members every year. So I went to the Delta Epsilon Sigma website and printed out the application and hoped for the best.
Who helped you with the award?
The faculty member who helped me the most was Fr. Tim McFarland. He gave me the materials necessary in order to apply for the scholarship as well as advice on my application.
Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.
Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.
The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.
You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.
Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.