Alyssa Guarnaccia '14

January 22, 2014

Alyssa Guarnaccia with Puma MascotHometown: St. Johns, Michigan

High School: St. Johns High School

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Communication

 

 What activities or clubs are you involved in at SJC?

Volleyball team as well Habitat for Humanity

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Why did you choose SJC?

I went online to www.saintjoe.edu and started to really love the thought of being a student here. I came on a visit here to SJC, and walking through the Grotto made it feel like Alyssa_Guarnaccia_Habitat_close-uphome.  I felt comfortable and safe here.  Knowing that SJC was a Catholic school, it made me want to come here and be a better Catholic.  SJC has that home feeling that I did not feel when I was on other campuses.  I strongly feel that this campus is beautiful, small, simple and one of a kind.  After spending almost a full school year here, I realized I made the right decision because SJC has certain events that I feel other schools don’t have.  Or if they do, they don’t have the perfect students and/or faculty that we have here, to go with it. 

Alyssa Guarnaccia with Habitat groupWhat has your experience been like as a student at SJC?

My experience here has been a rollercoaster.  I’m a transfer student and coming in here, knowing absolutely no one, was my first ride.  I’m a very social person and as soon as I had step foot on campus as a Puma I dove right in to activities, events, jobs and more, that I could be a part of.  I have met some amazing people here, people that are one of a kind, and by surrounding me around those people and certain activities, (kairos, food pantry, habitat, etc.) I have become such a better version of myself. 

What do you appreciate most about the SJC Business Dept.?

I like taking all the different kinds of business classes and knowing that they all tie into my major and will help me in the long run. 

How have the faculty members in the Business Dept. been helpful?

The teachers are awesome.  They know me personally, and outside of the classroom we can still have a conversation about other things than business.  Teachers such as Prof. Monfort have so many amazing stories to tell us, and it keeps that class interesting.  Prof. Roy is one of my favorites because he is a tough teacher but he does want us to succeed and he has the class laughing with his humor.  The teachers give us homework assignments that are real-life situations and I feel that I’m running my own business sometimes.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

Core is something that I have never experienced before.  Coming in as a junior, I was afraid that I would be behind by not taking 1-4.  When I started in Core 5, it was like I’ve been here all my college years.  I had fit right in, and Core was extremely interesting to me because I’ve had a chance to learn about topics in a much different way than my high school or community college that I had attended.

 Has the Core Program has helped you in your major? How will Core help you after graduation?

Core has helped me open my eyes and have a broader aspect on a lot of different topics.  Listening to other people’s ideas and feelings towards something has helped me think differently and become more creative.  Being a Business major, I feel it’s all about the creativity and ideas and listening to people’s thoughts in Core discussion. I know I have gained so much knowledge than I have ever thought I would.  Core has changed me as a person, for the better.  It has helped me grow up and I know it will help me make better decisions as I live the rest of my life outside of SJC.

What are your plans for the future?

I have many thoughts and dreams for after I graduate.  I love to travel, and I still want to see the rest of the world.  I will plan more trips and create a career that has something to do with seeing every continent.  Right now, being only a junior, I plan on studying abroad/traveling as many times as I can with SJC before graduation.  After graduation, I want to receive my graduate degree in Marketing back in Michigan, and take all the memories, stories, new ways of living I have received here with me.  SJC has taught me the most/best outside of the classroom.  With everything they offer extracurricular-wise, I want to take those ideas and bring them with me wherever I go.  

 

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