I Got This

Ronja Olsen ’24

As I prepare to graduate, I can confidently say that my four years here have been filled with growth, discovery, and unforgettable memories.

I was drawn to Hofstra’s low faculty-to-student ratio, small class sizes, and the promise of research opportunities. Through engaging with my professors and participating in campus activities and societies, I’ve not only expanded my intellectual horizons but also grown socially and personally. From becoming the president of Hofstra’s Society of Physics Students chapter to tutoring in physics, astronomy, and math, I’ve had opportunities to expand my leadership skills and give back to the campus community.

As you embark on your own journey, I encourage you to embrace every opportunity that comes your way. Remember, your time at Hofstra is what you make of it. Dare to dream big, step out of your comfort zone, and seize every moment with enthusiasm and curiosity. I can’t wait to see the incredible impact you can have here.


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Proximity to New York City, small classes, research programs, and a scenic campus are just a few of the reasons Ronja Olsen traveled more than 3,500 miles from her home in Norway to attend Hofstra University’s physics program.


“Hofstra's campus has this unique blend of tranquility and vibrancy. It feels like its own little oasis, providing a peaceful backdrop for learning,” Ronja said. “And yet, being close to the energy of New York City adds an exciting dimension to the college experience.”

Ronja, a student in Rabinowitz Honors College, appreciates the wealth of learning opportunities she has had in and outside the classroom. She added, “The emphasis on research and avenues for involvement allowed me to dive into my academic interests early on.”

The support and guidance Ronja received from faculty played a big part in all that she was able to achieve as a student. “At Hofstra, I never felt like just another student in the crowd. I received personalized attention and mentorship from professors who genuinely cared about my success and well-being,” Ronja said.

Working as a research assistant to Dr. Christina Lacey, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, led to Ronja winning an Undergraduate Student Chambliss Award for her research poster, "JVLA Low Frequency Radio Survey of M83." The award was given at the 243rd annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in New Orleans, LA, earlier this year.

“Dr. Lacey has helped me make connections and explore different aspects of astrophysics,” Ronja said. “She is everything you could want in a mentor: knowledgeable, approachable, and genuinely interested in her students' success. I'm so grateful for her guidance and support.”

After she graduates from Hofstra this May, Ronja plans to continue her studies. She already has her pick of some of world’s most respected advanced studies programs: the PhD in Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University; the MASt in Astrophysics at Cambridge University; and the PhD in Astronomy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“My ultimate goal is to delve deeper into the physical sciences and discover where my passion intersects with the greatest potential for impact,” Ronja explained. “I may enter the world of academia or conduct research as an astrophysicist or a climate scientist. I'm not yet sure of the path I’ll follow. I’m excited to explore the possibilities. Whatever field I choose, I hope to make a meaningful contribution.”

» Ronja’s story isn’t unique. In fact, among Hofstra University’s 2021-2022 undergraduate degree recipients, 92% of alumni from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics reported they were employed or had started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation. Results are based on data collected from the Alumni Outcomes survey, LinkedIn, National Student Clearinghouse, and Hofstra enrollment (80% knowledge rate). Visit our outcomes page at hofstra.edu/outcomes for detailed information.

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