Photo contributed by Karli Monsell
As the end of the spring semester approaches, Quinnipiac University’s newly-admitted students are preparing themselves for the changes ahead.
Karli Monsell, an incoming health sciences major from Bellport, New York, currently attends Bellport Senior High School. She has been planning to attend Quinnipiac since middle school when her cousin attended.
“I got an acceptance letter sitting in English (class), and I started crying,” Monsell said. “I knew the second I got their letter I was going to go here.”
After unsuccessfully getting into the entry-level masters physician assistant (ELMPA) program, she switched to health sciences and found that it was a better choice for her.
Shamara Wethington Mizell from Hamden, Connecticut, was another student who was thrilled to receive her acceptance letter.
She is an incoming law in society and education double major, and said she knew the university was for her because of its location and rigorous programs. She emphasized her appreciation for Quinnipiac staying in contact and updating her on her acceptance.
“I was very excited when I received my letter and felt very appreciated that they took the time to read my essay and help me find a program that I would fit in,” Wethington Mizell said.
Katherine Houck of Westfield High School, an incoming radiologic science major from Westfield, Massachusetts, also was motivated to come to Quinnipiac by her great interest in the program. Houck said she was impressed by the program and technology supplied.
While other colleges such as Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges did not guarantee her admission to her specific major, Quinnipiac immediately accepted her.
“I am so excited to be joining Quinnipiac,” Houck said. “I see myself involving myself in so many clubs, events and organizations Quinnipiac has to offer and having hands-on experience with radiological sciences and their technology.”
Shannon O’Hare, an incoming ELMPA major from Ocean Township, New Jersey, has goals of branching out from her comfort zone as well. She currently attends the Academy of Allied Health and Science. She was drawn to Quinnipiac by all the programs it had to offer. After visiting campus, she said she fell in love.
“I see it being a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and get a good education,” O’Hare said.
Jack Zreviec of Middletown High School North, an incoming business major from Middletown, New Jersey, is ready to become involved on campus.
“I see myself as a proud member of the university and active all around campus,” Zreviec said.
He said he committed to Quinnipiac for the school spirit and the great business program. Getting accepted created a sense of relief and excitement for Zreviec.
Kaitlyn Snow, an incoming occupational therapy major who will soon graduate from Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut, also noticed the positive environment on campus.
“I came for the occupational therapy program and the friendly campus atmosphere I saw when going on campus,” Snow said.
Snow is planning to get involved in activities and grow her career while also looking forward to living on campus and making new friends.
Gianna Conti, an incoming nursing major from Weymouth, Massachusetts, is enthusiastic about joining the community on campus. She currently attends Weymouth High School where she was overjoyed to receive her acceptance letter in the mail.
Two aspects attracted Conti to the university over her other options.
“I applied to Quinnipiac for their amazing academics and athletics,” Conti said.
The university will hold its orientation for incoming students on Aug. 25-26, allowing new students to get comfortable with their new home. Classes will begin for undergraduates on Aug. 30.