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Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Tips for First-Year Students

Tips First YearAt just eighteen years old, we are thrown into the world of college. We graduate from lockers to dorm rooms, school cafeterias to dining halls (and Dunkin’ Donuts on campus), and pre-determined class periods to self-made schedules. The biggest change of all is that students control their fate for their four years at Monmouth University.

There is a great amount of adaptation and responsibility that comes with college. However, there is an even greater support system made up of upperclassmen and professors.

Monmouth University’s Support Services helps ensure that each freshman has a smooth transition into their first year of college.

With that being said, here are a few tips to help freshman feel at ease throughout their first year at Monmouth.

Making friends is not easy for everyone; especially in college where there is a wide variety of people. Joining a club is a great way to make friends because it brings together students with common interests.

The annual involvement fair will be taking place on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-7 p.m. on Shadow Lawn in front of Wilson Hall. Each club, sport, and activity on campus will be representing themselves and recruiting new members at tables where they will have giveaways such as pens, water bottles, and snacks.

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Patrick Leahy: The Making of a University President

Leahy Making PresidentOn the second floor of Wilson Hall, up the marble staircase and around the balcony, lies the office of President Patrick Leahy. Already known by students and faculty for his warm personality, he creates an inviting space that encompasses Monmouth’s campus.

Previously holding the position of president at Wilkes University, Leahy’s heart has been in education for decades. He credits his interest in pursuing his profession to one of his English professors at Georgetown University, who also happened to be the university president.

“It was the experience of getting to know him and understanding his life,” said Leahy, reflecting upon his own undergraduate career. “I said to myself, ‘that is such an interesting way to live one’s life; someday I’d like to be a university president’. And that’s what happened.”

The experience of getting to know his university president was not his only motivating factor, however. Settling in his spacious office, he recounted a story about his grandfather, who only had the opportunity to get a seventh-grade education before leaving school to support his family as a manual laborer.

“He wanted desperately to be an educated person but never had that opportunity,” Leahy said of his grandfather. “That inspires me to make sure that not only do my family get well-educated, but that we do everything we can at this university to make sure that we’re making a first-class private education as accessible to students who deserve it as possible.”

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Contact Information

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Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
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Room 260, 2nd floor

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Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151