Monday, January 14, 2019

Business Overseas

"What I value most about my experience at Hofstra is all the professional opportunities I have as an undergraduate. For instance, I am part of the DUFE program with the business school, which will allow me to graduate a semester early with both my BBA from Hofstra and a Degree of Economics from a Chinese university. I will even be interning in China this summer as a part of the program! Having a global perspective is extremely important in business, and I am so thankful to Hofstra for this opportunity." -Lauren

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hofstra Family

"I love my Hofstra family because everybody here is so welcoming! Everyone is open to meeting new people and making new friends, regardless of any differences we may have. As a Latino international student who was new to US life and, additionally, a relatively shy person, I was very anxious when I first got to campus. I didn’t know if I was going to make friends or if I would get used to being so far from home. Through different clubs and organizations, however, I found people from all walks of life who share similar interests to me. From there, many friendships flourished – which I am sure will last for a lifetime. Absolutely everybody who looks for ways to get involved will have the opportunity to become an active and valuable part of this family." -Dejan

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Living on Campus: As Told by an RA!

"I currently live in Stuyvesant Hall and absolutely love it. It helps me connect with a lot of first-year students. In the past, I have lived in many housing styles but Sytuyvesant is definitely my favorite. I'm on the Residence Life staff at Stuyvesant, and I can really help build a community in the building. So far we have built a tight-knit community in the building by organizing fun programs and carrying forward initiatives that can help students get involved on campus. Living in Stuyvesant gives me the opportunity to show all first-year students all that Hofstra has to offer!" 

-Rhea '20

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Humans of Hofstra - Sabeen Sheikh

As the Assistant Director of Outreach and Special Programs at the Career Center, I connect students and alumni both with each other and with industry professionals. We believe that experiential learning, in conjunction with content knowledge students gain in the classroom, best prepare students for life after Hofstra University. So, we try to provide students with opportunities to gain that experience. Being close to New York City, site visits can be especially enlightening for students. They are able to spend a day at businesses such as Buzzfeed, Goldman Sachs, and Indeed. Considering there’s usually at least one Hofstra alumnus working at those companies, students are able to talk to a relatable industry professional about their own career goals. Shadowing a professional is a great way to see the day-to-day operations of a company, especially if you’re considering pursuing an internship with that organization. Internships are, of course, the BEST way to gain applied work experience and implement what they’ve learned in class. Hofstra students are able to intern with a range of companies in various sectors, such as 1-800-Flowers, Roux Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers,and even non-profits; all of which attend the eight career fairs our office hosts every academic year.  And many internships can translate into career opportunities for students. We have many organizations that are active participants in our career fairs and are represented in our alumni panels. Our alumni are truly an invaluable resource to our students. During a recent networking event, “Inspiration and Insights: Hofstra Alumnae Tell All,” our distinguished alumnae exemplified just that by their enthusiasm and readiness to encourage each and every student they interacted with. And don’t be afraid to talk to your professors about career goals, either. Almost all adjunct and full-time faculty members are experts in their fields, many of whom have PhDs and a wealth of work experience!  
And of course, we also provide cover-letter and resume building services, in addition to teaching students job interview etiquette. One of the ways we do that is to engage students in “mock interviews,” which are recorded on video. The student and I would then go through the video together and break down each component of the interview to see what can be improved. This also helps them articulate their skills and strengths, like through an “elevator pitch,” in a way that is most desirable to future employers. These services, among others, focus on giving students the tools, confidence, and abilities to navigate the job market successfully. Teaching them those skills is the most important thing we can do. We’ll always be a resource for students (even after graduation), but we can’t be in the room with them when they’re being interviewed or networking. So, the best thing we can do is empower them to be as prepared as possible for a potential job. As the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll never be hungry.”
– Sabeen Sheikh, Assistant Director,
Outreach and Special Programs
Hofstra Career Center   

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Meet Kennnedy!

"One of the most impactful decisions I made at Hofstra was joining the on-campus radio station - 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University. Never before had I been involved with radio so I was walking into this blindly. However, after only a few months I realized it was something I wanted to pursue post-graduation. I currently co-produce the only electronic dance music show at WRHU, which has helped me get two internships. I have met and interviewed so many local/non-local DJ's and artists through this experience and I'm so grateful for it." 

-Kennedy, '20

Monday, November 5, 2018

Celebrating Women in STEM

More than 50 engineering and computer science students attended the 12th Annual Women in Engineering and Computer Science Luncheon hosted by First Year Connections and dedicated to celebrating the new cohort of women students at the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The event, which has doubled in size since it launched in 2007, is an opportunity for female first-year students to talk with their older peers about classroom experiences, career goals and strategies for success in competitive, male-dominated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Mechanical engineering major Katherine Ramirez ‘19 attended the luncheon.

“As a female and a minority, pursuing a degree in engineering intimidated me,” Ramirez said.  “Instead of getting discouraged, I found the motivation to keep pushing and prove to society that, despite labels and stereotypes, I’m able to succeed in a challenging and prestigious field.”
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Humans of Hofstra: Bright Futures Ahead

**From Move-In Day 2018

“I’m excited for him. It’s the next level. This is just a great opportunity, and I’m extremely proud. Go Pride!” -Angelo Morgan, Hofstra Parent [right]

“There’s a great, big world out there, and I want him to see as much of it as possible. And of course take advantage of the education. I’m excited for him to try new things and just experience life.” -Lily Lucas, Hofstra Parent [left]

“Dimitri and I have been best friends since high school. And we decided to come to college together. We wanted to go to a big city but also have that suburban feel. And Hofstra gives us that. I can’t wait for what the school year has to offer. I’m most looking forward to meeting people from all over the world.” - Matthew Morgan ’22, Biochemistry major from Chicago [middle left]

“I’m excited! I’m trying to become an anesthesiologist and I feel like Hofstra is going to put me on the right path. I’m going to become my own person and really grow.” -Dimitri Lucas ’22, Biochemistry major from Chicago [middle right]