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I Got This

The Class of 2017 is ready. Focused on the future. Prepared.
Learn more about how Hofstra helped them get there.

At Hofstra University, students are dynamic, diverse and driven to succeed. They explore their interests both inside and outside the classroom, by getting involved in community service, professional internships or scholarly research. And when you ask them about the future, they’ll tell you: “I Got This.” Meet some of the Class of 2017 and find out why.

  • haider
  • downey
  • charney
  • eareckson
  • heiden
  • humayun
  • ramdhani
  • williams

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Steven Eareckson, Class of 2017

Attending Hofstra was an easy decision for Steven Eareckson.

Steven received a generous financial aid package, but “Hofstra’s reputation is the primary reason I chose it. Hands down, this was one of my best decisions.”

Majoring in political science and history allowed him to develop critical reading, writing, and research skills, which will help when he begins law school in the fall. Steven has already been accepted to seven of the most prestigious law schools in the nation.

Steven is currently interning at a Washington, D.C. law firm – an opportunity that came his way after he won a Hofstra fellowship to participate in a prestigious seminar at The Washington Center during his sophomore year. “As a result, I know that I want to work in D.C. long term”

Steven has also interned for New York Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci and U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt. He worked as a peer teacher in Hofstra’s History and Political Science departments, and as a research assistant when Hofstra was preparing for its 2015 George W. Bush Presidential Conference.

“The research I did helped prepare me for my thesis, which I’m currently writing on presidential leadership in civil rights and health care policy.”

Steven is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He’s been involved with Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency since his first year, and was Hofstra’s 2015-16 student fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and education organization.

Steven, a Provost Scholar, will graduate from Hofstra with Honors College distinction.

“My professors have always made themselves available to help and offered constructive feedback. I’m confident that the time I’ve spent at Hofstra during undergrad will be a huge help when I start law school in the fall, regardless of where I end up”

Steven’s story isn’t unique – 98 percent of 2014-15 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (68 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Maya Williams, Class of 2017

Maya Williams loves math and science, but that wasn’t the only passion that drew her to Hofstra.

“I loved that Hofstra had an extremely competitive dance team. Being on the team freshman and sophomore years was an amazing experience.” She got to be part of the Super Bowl warmup crew at MetLife Stadium, and also traveled to Orlando twice to compete in the Universal Dance Association national championship.

As Maya got deeper into her program at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, she switched to Danceworks, a student-run performance club that required less of a time commitment than the team. “I think it’s vital to always continue doing something you love.”

Maya moved off campus after her sophomore year, which led her to become a Welcome Week leader for commuting students. “I think it is super important to get commuters involved in the Hofstra community. I got to show incoming freshmen all the options they have so they don’t leave campus right after class.”

And when Hofstra prepared to host the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, Maya served as a volunteer – recruiting students to participate in Issues Alley, a forum of interactive activities and exhibits about important issues in the 2016 election.

In her junior year, Maya participated in the DeMatteis School’s co-op program and worked at LiRo Engineering, where she helped design HVAC systems in health care facilities. “Doing the co-op gave me the competitive edge I needed.”

Maya has already landed a full-time job – she’ll start as a mechanical engineer at Henderson Engineers, a national firm, after she graduates.

“With the co-op and the mechatronics classes I took in preparation for my senior design project, I definitely feel prepared to enter the workforce.”

Maya’s story isn’t unique – 100 percent of 2014-15 School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (83 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Peter Downey, Class of 2017

Peter Downey knows firsthand the influence a good teacher can have on a child’s life.

“My high school band director inspired me to pursue music education because she helped me to see how much of an impact music has on my life, and I want to share that with my students.”

A trumpet player since grade school, Peter has participated in many different ensembles at Hofstra, giving him the opportunity to experience a wide variety of music. As one of the conducting captains of the Pep Band since his sophomore year, Peter has worked with his co-captains to transform the band’s sound and to expand its presence on and off campus. Thanks to his efforts, the band played at Hofstra soccer games; performed during Debate 2016 newscasts on CNN, C-Span, Fox News and MSNBC; and traveled with the men’s and women’s basketball teams to Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center.

“Being a member of the Hofstra Pep Band and leading the band through those accomplishments really has been the highlight of my undergraduate career. The Pep Band is a very close group, and I have made so many lifelong friends.”

Peter is also a member of Hofstra’s chapters of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and American String Teachers Association.

And he’s gained valuable hands-on experience thanks to two student teaching assignments at Unqua Elementary School in Massapequa and South Woods Middle School in Syosset. As he prepares to graduate – with Honors College distinction – he’s optimistic about his future.

“I feel confident that I will pass the edTPA [a performance-based assessment required for New York state teacher certification candidates], because my professors have been preparing us for it since day one. My professors didn’t see me just as a student; they saw me as an educator too.”

Peter’s story isn’t unique – 100 percent of 2014-15 School of Education undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (57 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Peter Charney, Class of 2017

Theater arts major Peter Charney loves spending time in New York City, but he’s happy to call Hofstra home.

“Going to Hofstra meant that I could throw a football on an open quad with my best friends and work in the heart of Times Square, all in one day."

Peter’s professors have led him to many opportunities in New York City. His favorites include working as a production assistant on Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen; off-Broadway’s The Woodsman; and America’s Got Talent, seasons 10, 11 and 12.

At Hofstra, he’s worked as an actor, writer or director on more than 15 theatrical productions, ranging from musical theater to Shakespeare to new plays written by Hofstra students.

“I have been trained in a wide range of theatrical styles and have been given strong hands-on experience that is modeled in the same way as the professional theaters where I’ve worked.”

In his free time, Peter collaborated with a good friend and drama alum to write a full-length musical. A pianist since the age of 6, Peter wrote all of the music. They workshopped the show, titled Bright and Brave: A New Musical, at Hofstra at the end of Peter’s junior year. Now they’re building relationships with producers and plan to move the musical to New York City after Peter graduates.

Peter is president of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, and is a member of Hofstra’s chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, as well as Hofstra’s student-operated Masquerade Musical Theater Co., and Spectrum Players, a student-run performance company started by Hofstra alum Francis Ford Coppola.

“Hofstra has given me the opportunity to create a very individualized program of study. I have made incredible relationships with my professors and have been given countless opportunities to improve my craft. The Hofstra Drama Department has been a pivotal influence on the artist I am becoming and the person I’ve become.”

Peter’s story isn’t unique – 98 percent of 2014-15 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (68 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Lubaina Haider, Class of 2017

Lubaina Haider, a first-generation college student and the first in her family to pursue a career in medicine, fell in love with Hofstra during her visit to campus for an Admitted Student Day.

“After speaking to the Biology Department professors, I knew this would be my home for the next four years. The professors at Hofstra are so supportive, and I knew if I worked hard, I’d accomplish my dreams.”

Lubaina has been passionate about biology since her first year at The Bronx High School of Science. When she got to Hofstra, she selected community health as her minor.“As a physician, I will be serving my community, but that can be done only if I know the needs of the community.”

Lubaina participated in a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship, which allowed her to do research in microbiology and receive a stipend. She was also a clinical research intern at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which led to an opportunity to shadow an interventional cardiologist. In addition, she’s been a research assistant and a teaching assistant in Hofstra’s Biology Department.

For Lubaina, giving back is important. She has volunteered at Winthrop-University Hospital as a hospitality volunteer, and at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation as an assistant occupational therapist. She’s also been an English and mathematics tutor at the Henry Viscardi School, which is a middle and high school for children with severe disabilities who require life-sustaining treatments throughout the day.

Lubaina is ready for her next step. She will attend SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in the fall.

“My classes and professors have allowed me to develop a very curious and dynamic mind, which gives me the ability to constantly question and learn. My professors have also taught me to be independent, reliable and proactive, which are qualities that have prepared me well for internships and medical school.”

Lubaina’s story isn’t unique – 98 percent of 2014-15 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (68 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Anthony Ramdhani, Class of 2017

Anthony Ramdhani was probably destined to go into finance. As a child, he read The Wall Street Journal several times a week to learn about the markets, and his father works in the field. But his studies at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business convinced him that he was moving in the right direction. “After taking several courses in finance, I knew it was right for me.”

Anthony was drawn to the Zarb School because of its AACSB International accreditations, and when the school launched a dual-degree program with Dongbei University in China in 2016, he was all in.

“China’s impact on our global economy is important to know. When I heard that we’d travel to China and earn two degrees, I was sold on the program.” Anthony will graduate with a degree in finance from Hofstra and a degree in economics and global finance from Dongbei.

Anthony interned with Pfizer in China, and with MetLife and the Forte Capital Group back home. He has immersed himself in campus life as an orientation leader, resident assistant and academic tutor, and he holds leadership positions in Hofstra’s chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals and the Financial Management Association. An Honors College student, Anthony belongs to Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year students; Pi Kappa Delta, a public speaking and debate honor society; and Phi Sigma Tau, an international honor society in philosophy.

Anthony’s real-world experience didn’t end with his internships. He’s a consultant with Hofstra’s chapter of 180 Degrees Consulting, the worldwide student-driven consultancy program that works with nonprofit organizations to help them thrive. In the spring of his first year, he served as a committee chair during the Hofstra Model United Nations Conference. He also earned Bloomberg Essentials certification.

“By working on the actual Bloomberg terminal, I learned to research important financial information, which makes me more competitive in the job market.”

Anthony has accepted a full-time position in MassMutual’s Finance Rotational Program.

Anthony’s story isn’t unique – 99 percent of 2014-15 Frank G. Zarb School of Business undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (80 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Jordan Heiden, Class of 2017

The second Jordan Heiden stepped onto campus, she knew Hofstra was the school for her.

“Hofstra reminded me of home. It offered a quaint and comforting environment that is seldom found so close to New York City.” And proximity to the city was important, because Jordan was eager to take advantage of prestigious internship and professional opportunities.

Jordan was a VH1 press intern at Viacom Inc., which led to a freelance press coordinator position at VH1 and Logo TV, another Viacom entertainment brand. She was offered a full-time position there after she graduates, but instead opted to pursue her passion to work for nonprofit organizations and causes.

She’s now a marketing intern for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.

“I’m supporting a cause I care about and feel like I’m truly making a difference.”

“The job [at VH1 and Logo TV] gave me more experience than I could have hoped for, and I learned a tremendous amount about the entertainment industry, [but] I knew I had to search for something more personally fulfilling.”

Jordan also worked on campus with the Office of University Relations, writing stories and taking photos for Hofstra’s website. When Hofstra hosted the first U.S. presidential debate on September 26, 2016, Jordan volunteered as a social media reporter, and she was a liaison to an ABC reporter on debate night.

One of her proudest moments was coordinating an on-campus screening of National Geographic’s Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about the worldwide effects of climate change. After acquiring permissions from National Geographic, she booked the space, promoted the event, conducted a panel discussion, and shared how students can get involved with the cause.

“Hofstra taught me that I am good enough. That I don’t need to settle for the first thing that comes my way. That I can display confidence instead of fear. That I can follow my dreams.”

Jordan’s story isn’t unique — 99 percent of 2014-2015 Lawrence Herbert School of Communication undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (88 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Laraib Humayun, Class of 2017

Long Island native Laraib Humayun didn’t have to go far to find everything she was looking for in a university: the benefits of a big school with a small college atmosphere.

“I was drawn to Hofstra because of its abundance of resources for students and the small class sizes, which allowed for individualized attention. The diversity on campus also made it very inviting.”

Laraib has always been interested in helping people through health care, but was unsure of her career path.

“One of my professors introduced me to the field of community health and I fell in love; it’s my passion.”

That same professor, Dr. Martine Hackett, recruited Laraib as a research assistant. They are studying the use of digital storytelling for health education, and the health effects of spatial stigma on youth of color on Long Island. They will submit the findings from both studies to public health journals.

Laraib, an Honors College student, landed her first internship during her sophomore year through Hofstra’s partnership with Health Leads, a nonprofit organization based out of Nassau University Medical Center. Working as a health advocate, Laraib connected families to community health resources. The summer before her senior year, she was one of 20 students selected from 400 applicants for a prestigious paid internship at Planned Parenthood’s corporate office in New York City, where she worked with the medical services team to create educational materials.

When Hofstra hosted the first U.S. presidential debate on September 26, 2016, between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Laraib won a lottery ticket to attend.

“It was such an exciting time on campus, and I was bursting with Hofstra pride that day!”

After she graduates, Laraib will begin full-time work as a health liaison for Docs for Tots, a nonprofit health care organization, where she will plan, implement and evaluate early childhood health programs. She is currently training part time and will launch a two-year project to implement effective maternal depression screenings at health centers across Long Island when she goes full time.

Laraib’s story isn’t unique – 100 percent of 2014-15 School of Health Professions and Human Services undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey or other reliable sources (67 percent knowledge rate) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Class of 2016

  • Bartholomew
  • Balgobind
  • Carter
  • llanos
  • norris
  • rocha
  • rorke
  • werner

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Class of 2015

  • tang
  • Burke
  • Christopher
  • jasmina Ehab
  • marks
  • pierson
  • singley
  • spano
  • wenz
  • yostpille
  • zablan

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Tyler Bartholomew, Class of 2016

From his first visit to Hofstra, Tyler Bartholomew knew it was the place for him.

“I fell in love with the campus instantly. I liked how close it was to New York City and how close it was to the beach. The academics fit my style instead of going to a large public school, and the incredible new medical school was a huge plus also.”

A health science major in Hofstra’s School of Health Professions and Human Services, Tyler’s interest in health care started at the age of 12, when his mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer. “Trying to understand how and why this had happened were always questions that drove my passion for medicine. With cancer becoming such a huge public health issue, I decided to concentrate on global and public health in my studies and extracurricular activities.

Tyler is vice president of Hofstra Rotaract, a service club that raises money for local and global health-related charities. He’s also president of the Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary, and has been active in the Hofstra Health and Wellness Club, Hofstra’s chapter of Give Hope – which fundraises to give children worldwide clean water, proper nutrition, safe shelter and elementary education – and the Association of Pre-Health Oriented Students. And, he is former president of the Hofstra club baseball team.

In January 2016 Tyler traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama, for a two-week medical outreach program with Hofstra’s Volunteers Around the World team. “In total, we treated over 400 people. There is no better feeling than realizing you have made a difference in these people’s lives by donating your time and energy.”

Tyler also gained hands-on experience with patient care, diagnoses, simple lab tests and insurance billing at his internship at a Long Island pediatric practice. After graduation, he hopes to be accepted for a fellowship position at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) working as a public health analyst. From there, he will pursue an MD/MPH degree, and aspires to work in the CDC’s Endemic Intelligence Service, which is responsible for controlling outbreaks of disease worldwide.

Tyler’s story isn’t unique – 97 percent of 2013-14 School of Health Professions and Human Services undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Maya Carter, Class of 2016

From her very first visit to Hofstra, Maya Carter saw herself on stage.

“I came for my Admitted Student Day, and I loved the campus. They let us go into the [John Cranford] Adams Playhouse, and the set was up for the Shakespeare Festival and I just thought the set was gorgeous and the theater was beautiful. I was like, I want to come to Hofstra and do Shakespeare here.”

That’s exactly what she did. As a junior, Maya was cast as Juliet in a contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. And in this, her senior year, Maya played Rosalind in As You Like It – the lead role in the headline production of Hofstra’s 67th Annual Shakespeare Festival.

In addition to her Shakespearean performances, Maya appeared in Burial at Thebes and played the fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof. She is co-chair of Spectrum Players, a theater club on campus that produces a main stage production and a children’s show, and hosts monthly experimental works nights. Maya is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theater honor society that focuses on giving back to the community, and she narrated Hofstra’s Black History Month concerts in her freshman, sophomore and junior years.

“I want to effect change. I want to tell stories. I want to really move people and give people what the theater gave to me, which was a place to be myself and to express everything that I feel.”

After graduation, Maya plans to move to New York City, where she’s already been auditioning for Off-Broadway Shakespearean productions and independent theater and films. She relishes life as a working actor, and feels prepared for the challenges – thanks to the guidance of her professors, many of whom are working professionals themselves.

Our professors have been very real with us. They’ve been very up front about how hard the business is and what we’re going to have to do to get ourselves out there. [They’ve taught us how] to stay true to ourselves and be the kind of artists that we’ve grown to become at Hofstra.”

Maya’s story isn’t unique – 95 percent of 2013-14 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Pierre Llanos, Class of 2016

Pierre Llanos didn’t have to travel far from home to discover his true passion: studying engineering science with a biomedical engineering option at Hofstra’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“Hofstra appealed to me because it was close to home, and I wanted to be able to spend time with my family. Also, the small class sizes would allow me the opportunity to get to know my professors more personally.”

Indeed, Pierre soon found a mentor in one of his engineering professors, who introduced him to the field of biomedical engineering. “I learned that there were many parts to it, and that with each, the health care market can have better availability of supplies, machines and services for medical applications.”

He spends much of his time on campus working in the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab. In his junior year, he won the Distinguished Research Presentation Award at the 23rd annual CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) Statewide Student Conference for his research on endothelial cells, which are the cells that make up the structure of blood vessels. And in senior year, he co-authored a research paper that was published in a professional journal, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, which is a rare achievement for an undergraduate student.

“I want to save people’s lives with this research.”

When not in the lab, Pierre has served as a peer educator, a summer orientation counselor for Hofstra’s CSTEP Program, and a tutor for middle and high school students in Hofstra’s Science and Technology Entry Program and the New York State Education Department’s Liberty Partnerships Program. In what spare time he has left, he’s a member of the Hofstra Tennis Club and has participated in float building for Hofstra’s Fall Fest.

After graduation, Pierre plans to attend a PhD program in biomedical engineering and continue his research.

Pierre’s story isn’t unique – 100 percent of 2013-14 School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Joanne Norris, Class of 2016

For Joanne Norris, it was love at first sight.

“I was lured in by [Hofstra University’s proximity to New York City], and I stayed because of the campus. Hofstra was not only a beautiful place to spend my next four years, but it was also a place where happiness and camaraderie were tangible. I had such a good feeling when I came to Hofstra the first time for my tour. It ended up being the best choice I ever made.”

Joanne has taken full advantage of the many program options within Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As she began her studies, she realized that economics is a key factor in sustainable policies and practices, so she added that as a second major. And she enjoyed her geology electives so much that she opted to minor in it, in addition to fine art, one of her lifelong passions.

An Honors College student, Joanne has honed her leadership skills since freshman year. She co-founded the Sustainability Studies Club at Hofstra; has been supervisor of the Hofstra Student Garden, helping to grow an array of organic vegetables that the University donates to a local soup kitchen; and was president of women’s club soccer for three years, until she became captain in her senior year.

Joanne is a research assistant for two of her professors as well as for the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. She also worked as a Pride Guide for Hofstra’s Office of Admission, leading campus tours for prospective students, and as a Discovery Leader, mentoring first-year Hofstra students through community service projects. She added some hands-on experience to her studies by spending a summer as a camp counselor on an educational organic farm, teaching kids ages 5 to 10.

After she graduates, Joanne plans to enter a graduate program in environmental economics or work for a sustainability nonprofit.

“My professors have helped me every step of the way, and it is because of them that I feel more excited than frightened to begin the next part of my life.”

Joanne’s story isn’t unique – 95 percent of 2013-14 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Ashley Balgobind, Class of 2015

Just a few months after she graduated, Ashley Balgobind got her dream job: science teacher.

Thanks to her training at Hofstra’s School of Education, she was more than ready for the challenges of teaching science to seventh graders in Long Island’s Half Hollow Hills School District. She had two student teaching assignments: general science at a middle school and biology at a high school (arranged by the School of Education’s Field Placement Office); 80 hours of in-school observation; and additional teaching experience in Hofstra’s STEM Studio.

“The transition was smoother than expected. I think the courses Hofstra encourages us to take incorporate a nice balance between pedagogy and practice. I genuinely feel this balance helps create successful educators.”

Ashley credits her professors’ support in helping her succeed. They not only guided her in her courses and field work, but also helped her prepare for teacher certification, including passing the edTPA, a rigorous performance-based portfolio assessment that all New York state teacher certification candidates must pass in order to become teachers in subject-specific areas. In fact, Hofstra has achieved an aggregate pass rate of 90 percent – significantly higher than the state average of 81 percent – since New York adopted the assessment in 2013. And the majority of Hofstra’s aspiring teachers achieve mastery status – the highest level attainable.

“Becoming a teacher is not an easy task – there are a lot of steps involved. I feel very lucky that my professors were so helpful throughout this process. It is a rewarding path that I am thankful for each day.”

What advice does she have for future educators? “Put your best effort forward every step of the way. Learn as much as you can from your classes. The strategies they teach you are invaluable when you are in front of a group of students.

Ashley’s story isn’t unique – 98 percent of 2013-14 School of Education undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Fernando Rocha, Class of 2016

Fernando Rocha’s promise as a leader and a scholar was clear in high school, when he was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a program for students of diverse backgrounds who show potential for making a significant impact on the nation’s future. That leadership potential blossomed at Hofstra, where he joined and eventually became president of the University’s Model United Nations.

“I joined Model United Nations when I was a freshman because I had some debate experience in high school. I credit this team with really helping me come out of my shell in a college environment.

Fernando is also part of the Investment Analysis Association, Economics Club, ALPFA and the Center for Civic Engagement. He even worked as a research assistant for a finance professor, which will serve him well in the future. Fernando interned at Wells Fargo during sophomore and junior years as a summer financial analyst, which led to a full-time job with the firm’s financial analyst program in commercial banking after he graduates.

An Honors College student, Fernando majors in mathematical business economics at Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs. “I enjoyed how the major combines the theoretical aspects of economics, the analytical aspects of mathematics, and the practical aspects of business.”

Fernando came all the way from Las Vegas to study at Hofstra because he liked the University’s proximity to New York City balanced with its close-knit campus community. And as he prepares to graduate, he is ready for his next step.

“The financial services industry is a deadline-driven environment. Navigating through so many projects and assignments at my internships required effective time management, which my classes and club involvement have taught me. The professors at Hofstra are very accessible and have served as my mentors for my professional development.”

Fernando’s story isn’t unique – 95 percent of 2013-14 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Brendan Rorke, Class of 2016

Brendan Rorke has many passions. He’s an entrepreneur, a leader, a community volunteer, a singer and he plays the bass clarinet. At Hofstra, he got to do it all.

“Hofstra was really the only school that I came across that gave me the opportunity to pursue my varied interests.”

From the moment he stepped onto campus, he immersed himself in Hofstra’s many student clubs. He even founded a new organization on campus: Hofstra’s branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, the world’s largest student-driven consultancy that works with nonprofit organizations to help them thrive. Presiding over that let him apply what he has learned as a management major in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

Brendan chose two minors: marketing, because he’s interested in sales and advertising, and music, because he’s been a musician his entire life. He’s also been able to explore those interests in his extracurricular activities: He’s music director of The Hofbeats (one of Hofstra’s a capella groups), serves as a Zarb Student Ambassador, is part of the Zarb Leadership Council and is a member of the Hofstra Symphonic Band. He also works as a student aide in Hofstra’s Scott Skodnek Business Development Center.

An Honors College student, Brendan completed internships with the New York Cosmos, New York Islanders, Madison Square Garden and GEICO, which led to a full-time job. Brendan is one of only 30 people in the nation selected for GEICO’s prestigious Emerging Leaders Program, which he’ll begin after he graduates.

“One of the most important things that I value about my professors is that they tell it to you like it is. They encourage us to work hard. My professors have real-world work experience in whatever area they are teaching in, and I find that to be extremely valuable.”

Brendan’s story isn’t unique – 97 percent of 2013-14 Frank G. Zarb School of Business undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Celia Werner, Class of 2016

Celia Werner is entrepreneurial, motivated and hardworking. In high school, she turned her passion for photography, videography, filmmaking and Web design into her own company. At Hofstra, she honed those skills and immersed herself in so much more from the moment she stepped onto campus.

“I like to be involved, and Hofstra’s amazing communications program had many ways to do that even as a freshman.”

In spring of her freshman year, she became a crew member of the Hofstra Entertainment Access Television Network. She started as a production assistant, and a year and a half later was elected general manager of the station. She also soon became content creator for Herbert School 360, a website created by the dean’s office to showcase The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication student work.

Recognizing her work ethic and drive, one of Celia’s professors recruited her to be a series coordinating producer for one of his classes, where she helped students create a newsmagazine program about Long Island. Celia was also a technical assistant for two other courses during her junior year. And in her senior year she was one of only 12 students selected to participate in the prestigious “Hofstra in LA” program. While in Los Angeles, Celia met with Hofstra alumni and other entertainment industry leaders during the week-long trip, which included a reception at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex.

Celia managed all of that and also held internships at Back Roads Entertainment, Viacom Media Networks (Nick Jr.) and Fox News Radio. After she graduates, Celia plans to work in digital media in New York City, producing videos for various television or digital networks.

“My classes and professors have helped me learn all the skills I need to make it in the media industry. The classes have students involved with preproduction, production and post-production of everything from live concerts and other live television to short films, and everything is run by the students. The program puts students into real-life situations where they learn exactly what they need to know.”

Celia’s story isn’t unique – 96 percent of 2013-2014 Lawrence Herbert School of Communication undergraduate degree recipients who responded to our graduation survey (or other reliable sources) reported that they were employed or have started/plan to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Jasmina Ehab, Class of 2015

Jasmina Ehab was smitten with Hofstra from the moment she attended an Admitted Student Day. She was drawn to the beautiful, welcoming campus and sold on the University’s focus on medicine and health sciences.

“I was itching to learn about the factors that play into medicine in the United States , such as medical insurance , different options in health care , medical ethics , chronic and communicable diseases , and, most importantly , communication skills . [The BS in Health Science program in Hofstra’s School of Health Sciences and Human Services] embodies these important factors that are sometimes taken for granted in medicine , and I believe that having a background in health science will allow me to become a better medical student and an even better doctor.”

One of Jasmina’s professors owns a pediatric practice, which opened the door “to the best internship I could have ever asked for. ” Jasmina has been able to apply what she’s learned in her classes – such as International Classification of Diseases coding, electronic medical records, and how patients can obtain insurance – in a real-life setting.

“No one could imagine my excitement … the doctors are asking me for advice on their practice due to my knowledge of the subject matter, and I don’t even have a bachelor’s degree yet!”

On campus, Jasmina has taken advantage of Hofstra’s many leadership opportunities. She’s been a member of Phi Delta Epsilon (an international coed medical fraternity) for three years and has been the organization’s Relay For Life chairwoman for two years; she is the co-founder and co-president of Autism Speaks at HofU; and she is a peer teaching assistant for an Aging and Long-Term Care class. Jasmina is also an inductee in Gamma Pi, Hofstra’s chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national health education honorary.

Jasmina’s story isn’t unique – 100 percent of 2012-2013 School of Health Sciences and Human Services undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation .

Jina Zablan, Class of 2015

For Queens, N.Y., native Jina Zablan, Hofstra offered the best of both worlds: proximity to her family and the independence that comes with living on campus. She was drawn to Hofstra's "big school" resources but felt at home in the University's "small school" atmosphere.

"I [like] the sense of community. The professors all seem like they truly want to help their students and further their education."

Hofstra's 145 undergraduate program options allowed Jina to pursue her diverse passions: biology and Japanese language.

"I like biology because it is not about memorizing random facts but piecing together what you know to figure why certain things happen." As for her minor in Japanese, "I feel like language is the window to truly understanding culture. With Japanese, especially, some of the differences are reflected in the language itself."

Jina applied what she's learned in her biology courses during a fellowship within the North Shore-LIJ Health System last summer, where she shadowed doctors in different subspecialties of cardiology. She's also gained valuable experience through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute internship she's held since spring of her freshman year that allows her to do research in one of Hofstra's animal physiology labs.

Jina belongs to the Association of Pre-Health Oriented Students, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Pre-Health Scholars Program and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.

She plans to start medical school in the fall. "My classes … taught me how to be a better critical thinker, which [will be helpful] in medical school and as a doctor."

Jina's story isn't unique – 98 percent of 2012-2013 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

John Yostpille, Class of 2015

John Yostpille couldn't have scripted his college experience better if he tried. As a high school student, he knew he wanted to pursue either television or film in or near New York City.

"I attended a Fall Open House event, my first time ever at Hofstra, and fell in love with the campus. I remember speaking with a current student in the School of Communication and feeling so welcomed, before I had even applied. … I felt like I was part of a community who knew me, welcomed me, and accepted me. That sentiment has remained true all four years that I've been here."

Thanks to a friendship he made during freshman year with a fellow writer for Hofstra's Thursday Night Live, a live sketch comedy show, he landed an internship with The Colbert Report. That internship evolved into several turns as a freelance production assistant on the show. In the fall of 2014, he interned for HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Both internships encouraged him to apply for full-time production assistant positions once he graduates.

"I would never have gotten my internship at The Colbert Report, which really was what sent me down my professional path, without a connection I made at Hofstra."

On campus, John has worked his way from writer to producer of Thursday Night Live. He is also a Hofstra Pride Guide – a student ambassador to prospective students and their families.

John's story isn't unique – 96 percent of 2012-2013 Lawrence Herbert School of Communication undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Jackie Pierson, Class of 2015

In high school, Jackie Pierson discovered that her passion for math, science and technology, and her knack for taking complicated tasks and making them more efficient could be a career: industrial engineering.

"I was initially interested in Hofstra after discovering that it was one of only five universities in the continental United States with less than 12,000 undergraduate students that offered a major in industrial engineering and a minor in Chinese language. I was looking for small class sizes and a sense of community on campus. I also visited Hofstra during an Admitted Student Day and was very impressed. Hofstra was the friendliest campus I had visited as well as one of the most beautiful."

Jackie, an Honors College student, has had several internships while at Hofstra. She spent two summers at R.H. Sheppard Company Inc., a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of power steering gears. Last summer, she interned at Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., which has manufacturing facilities along the East Coast and where she'll start a full-time position as an industrial engineer after graduation. In the meantime, she's interning at United Parcel Service.

But it's not all work for Jackie. She's relished time spent with Hofstra's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and she's a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

"Through my courses at [Hofstra's School of Engineering and Applied Science], I have learned a great deal of specific skills and gained general knowledge that has been invaluable in my internships. … My relationships with my professors are very valuable to me, as many of them continue to motivate, encourage and support me long after I completed their course. They are incredible resources with a wealth of knowledge to share – all you have to do is ask."

Jackie's story isn't unique – 94 percent of 2012-2013 School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Ashley Balgobind, Class of 2015

Ashley Balgobind has always loved science, and she fell in love with teaching when she worked as a science tutor in high school. So when it came time to apply to college, Ashley wanted a school that has strong programs in science and secondary education.

"Hofstra has a very well-structured science program, with great faculty who are committed to their students. Also, the School of Education was very attractive because of the reputation it has" among school districts in the region.

Hofstra's School of Education Field Placement Office arranged for Ashley to student-teach general science at a middle school and biology at a high school this spring. Last fall, she benefited from 80 hours of in-school observations in science and special education.

And she even gained teaching experience on campus. Hofstra has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Studio that offers a curriculum of math and science design challenges for elementary and middle school children from local schools, who regularly visit the lab. Prospective science teachers like Ashley have the opportunity to practice in this rich instructional setting.

"The professors have offered me immense guidance and support, whether helping me choose the right classes, offering exciting opportunities for me to gain science or teaching experience, or just listening when I get overwhelmed. They are friendly and devoted to their students. Hofstra is known for producing highly trained professional teachers, which is what I want to be."

Ashley's story isn't unique – 99 percent of 2012-2013 School of Education undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Patrick Burke, Class of 2015

Patrick Burke knew he wanted to attend a university not only known for its academic excellence but also one that offers a traditional campus experience.

"I was looking for a school in which I could grow and develop as a person as well as a student, and after looking closer at the University, I found that Hofstra had the right amount of extracurricular opportunities for me to do so."

Patrick, who has completed two dental internships and has shadowed a dentist throughout his time at Hofstra, also has taken advantage of activities outside the classroom, including serving as president of Delta Chi fraternity, vice president of Hofstra's Red Cross Club and co-founder of the Hofstra Association for Pre-Dental Studies.

Patrick says Hofstra University's School of Health Sciences and Human Services provides strong clinical education along with critical context on the changing health care landscape.

"My classes and professors have covered a broad range of the sciences, giving me a comprehensive view of the science behind dentistry and other health professions. My classes also exposed me to the manner in which health care is growing and developing at this time, which will allow me to understand what is occurring while I am practicing in the field. My professors have always been extremely open to any questions or concerns I have had."

Patrick's story isn't unique – 100 percent of 2012-2013 School of Health Sciences and Human Services undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Elisa Tang, Class of 2015

When she was in just sixth grade, Elisa Tang was inspired by Barbara Walters' trademark casual yet penetrating interview style. Elisa's passion for journalism blossomed through high school, when she produced a short documentary about her school district's controversial decision to cut funding for the art department. And when she was ready to apply to college, Elisa knew exactly where she wanted to be.

"Hofstra was my No. 1 choice for a college because it has a community like no other. I was drawn to the fact that I would live on a beautiful campus with Manhattan as my playground. Also, as an aspiring journalist, I knew that The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication is home to the best mentors in the industry … I couldn't be any prouder to attend the school that has been ranked second best in the nation for media professionals" based on 2014 LinkedIn rankings for alumni career outcomes.

Elisa's professors have helped her secure internships at some of the biggest names in broadcast television, including CNN, NBC, Fox 5 New York and MTV Digital, where she currently freelances as a production assistant.

On campus, Elisa has taken advantage of Hofstra's top-notch journalism extracurriculars. She has served as the assistant news director, anchor and producer of WRHU-88.7 FM, Hofstra's student-run radio station, which won the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award and is ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Princeton Review. Elisa also works as an entertainment reporter and package producer at Hofstra Today, a weekly, live TV program.

Elisa's goal is to land a job as a production assistant or producer in digital news. "I plan on making the most of my internship at CNN this semester; I will continue absorbing all the new information I learn and continue networking to learn more about Time Warner (the company that owns CNN and HLN networks) and the industry as a whole. And I will continue to meet with my mentors both on and off campus."

Elisa's story isn't unique – 96 percent of 2012-2013 Lawrence Herbert School of Communication undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Stephen Spano, Class of 2015

When Stephen Spano interned at S&P Capital IQ as a software engineer last summer, it wasn't long before company officials recognized his talent, professionalism and preparation – and offered him a full-time position upon graduation.

"My classes have taught me the core fundamentals of my field and how to apply those fundamentals to many real-world problems. My professors have prepared me by helping me put together a resume, doing practice problems that I may be asked in an interview, and doing mock interviews with me."

Stephen, a Presidential Scholarship recipient and Provost's Scholar, has spent the last two years as a research assistant, working with one of his professors at the School of Engineering and Applied Science on malware analysis and an open source machine emulator called QEMU.

He's also worked as a computer science tutor at Hofstra and volunteered as a math tutor for elementary school children as part of a McGraw Hill Financial initiative.

Stephen's leadership skills caught the eye of the IEEE Computer Society, which awarded him the Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship. And his academic excellence earned him membership into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines), and Phi Eta Sigma, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for first-year college students.

Stephen's story isn't unique – 94 percent of 2012-2013 School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Nic Christopher, Class of 2015

For theater arts major Nic Christopher, moving nearly 2,000 miles from his home in Boulder, Colorado, to attend Hofstra was easy – because he knew he'd found a brand-new home just 25 miles east of New York City's Theater District.

"[My professors] do work outside of class for other people in the city, so they bring back experiences and connections to us all the time."

Since freshman year, Nic, whose concentration is in scenic design, has worked on Hofstra productions as a master carpenter, master electrician, lighting designer and scenic designer. He's also held two internships: one as a general production intern at Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, and the other as a design intern with award-winning theatrical designer David L. Arsenault and lighting designer Travis McHale in Midtown Manhattan.

Nic has taken advantage of the University's many leadership opportunities as well. He is president of Hofstra's chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and secretary of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society.

"My professors have helped to push me as far as I can go. … They always encourage bringing in questions to class about what we experience in the real world, and we often end up changing the entire lesson for the day because people have real-world questions."

Nic has already landed his first "real-world" gig. This summer, he will be the scenic designer for the rock musical Rent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world.

Nic's story isn't unique – 98 percent of 2012-2013 Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Andrew Marks, Class of 2015

Andrew Marks got hooked on the excitement of Wall Street as a high school student, when his father introduced him to the stock market. At the Andrew Marks got hooked on the excitement of Wall Street as a high school student, when his father introduced him to the stock market. At the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, he's turned that passion into a job as a financial analyst at Wells Fargo after he graduates.

As a finance major, Andrew gained real-world experience and applied what he learned in his classes at three internships. At a private equity firm, Sigma Capital Partners, he learned more about equity and debt financing; at Deloitte, he was part of the firm's Transactions and Business Analytics team; and at the trading firm Merus Capital Partners, he worked right in the heart of the financial district.

A Provost Scholar and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society inductee, Andrew took full advantage of campus life, too, becoming captain of Hofstra's club baseball team and president of the Zarb School's Association of Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He also earned two scholarships: the Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship and Deloitte's Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award.

Off campus, Andrew volunteered as a financial literacy mentor for the Capital One Money and Me Program, teaching fourth graders the importance of saving, budgeting and being responsible with money.

"My classes and professors have given me a strong foundation for finance, accounting and business in general, which I have been able to use to understand projects during my internships. In addition, I believe my liberal arts courses have helped me learn about other interesting subjects."

Andrew's story isn't unique – 98 percent of 2012-2013 Frank G. Zarb School of Business undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Chris Wenz, Class of 2015

Chris Wenz knew from a young age that teaching was the path he wanted to take in life. At Hofstra, he was able combine that goal with his love of math and science, thanks to the School of Education's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

He enrolled in the Elementary Education: STEM dual-degree program, which allows him to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in less time than if he pursued them separately. He will receive the BA this May and the MA in May 2016.

"Not only was I able to start taking classes for my major in my first semester, but I was also able to work with the technology that you would find in most elementary classrooms right from the beginning."

This semester, Chris is student-teaching kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade. He's also worked with local fourth- and fifth-grade classes in Hofstra's STEM Studio and with students at a local United Cerebral Palsy affiliate.

"All of these placements have taught me different aspects of education, and I would not feel as prepared to find a job without all of this exposure in different types of classrooms."

When he's not in the classroom, Chris is co-captain of Hofstra's Pep Band and works as an Office of Admission Pride Guide – a student ambassador to prospective students and their families. He is on the planning committee for Relay For Life; president of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society; and a board member of ASCD, an international society focused on education.

"Besides academics, the opportunities for students are endless at Hofstra. … It is hard to be bored at Hofstra, and that was something that was important to me when looking for schools."

Chris' story isn't unique – 99 percent of 2012-2013 School of Education graduates who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

Abby Singley, Class of 2015

Abby Singley knew she wanted a private, midsize suburban university that offers a variety of academic programs. She found that and so much more at Hofstra.

"On paper, Hofstra was exactly what I was looking for. … When I actually visited the campus, I really got a sense that Hofstra cares about its students, and the student body struck me as being quite friendly."

She was interested in accounting but unsure about pursuing it as a career. Her uncertainty didn't last long. "Once I took [Accounting 101], the material really clicked with me …. There's a big emphasis on interpersonal skills, and there also are many opportunities outside of accounting once you have your CPA."

For Abby, CPA certification is within arm's reach. She was accepted into Hofstra's Frank G. Zarb School of Business dual degree BBA/MS accounting program, which will give her the required 150 semester hours for certification. She will graduate with a BBA this May and an MS in May 2016.

Abby participated in two mentorship programs at major firms last summer. She was offered internships from both and will complete one this summer at the firm of her choice.

She's also been part of the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, helping low- to moderate-income Long Island residents and international students at Hofstra prepare their tax returns.

On campus, she is a teaching assistant in the Hofstra University Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business and a peer tutor for various business courses, and she serves as vice president of Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society).

"I honestly couldn't be happier with my school selection."

Abby's story isn't unique – 98 percent of 2012-2013 Frank G. Zarb School of Business undergraduate degree recipients who completed our graduation survey (or other reliable source) reported that they were employed or have started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.