This past weekend, Fordham hosted its annual President’s Spring Preview to welcome accepted students from the incoming class of 2020. They planned multiple events to help educate the students and their families about what it would be like to attend Fordham, including some mock classes in a variety of disciplines. However, at the Manresa Program, our favorite part of the day is the fair, where different departments, organizations and clubs table in the Lombardi Center and answer questions from curious students and parents. The Manresa Scholars Program is always present at the event to inform students about the benefits of being in the Program and answer any logistical questions students might have.
We love working at this event because it is when we get to interact with our potential peers. With each new group we encounter, we are able to learn a little bit about the family, and we get to make them feel as welcome here at Fordham as we do every day. We talk about where they are from, what the student would like to get involved with on campus and are able to answer questions ranging from, “How is the food here?” to “What was the best class you have ever had?” It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of someone’s college experience and have even a little bit of an impact in helping him or her to find the right university. As much as we hope the students chose Fordham and that we will get to meet them again next year in the Manresa Program, we hope that they end up making the best possible decision for them.
I have worked at the Spring Preview fair for the past three years, and it is always a rewarding and humbling experience when you see the light in incoming students’ eyes shine when you begin to speak about something that interests them. It is always a pleasure to meet with such bright and talented high school seniors who are looking to be a part of the Fordham family. Believe it or not, there have been multiple occasions where I have spoken to a student about the Manresa Program at Spring Preview, and then, sure enough, he or she ends up being part of the Program that fall. We hope this is the case again. Thank you for considering the Manresa Scholars Program for your freshman year, and we hope to see many of you in August!
Nicole Benevento, FCRH 2017
Manresa Scholars Program Intern, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
In-House Academic Tutor, 2016-2017