Meet Pride Guide and junior Ashley Mungiguerra, who hails from Dallas, Texas and studies journalism and political science. Let's hear about her decision to come to Hofstra!
Senior year of high school was the most stressful time of my life. Between finishing my
high school career, studying for AP exams, and applying to colleges, it
felt like there was no time to stop and enjoy myself or my last year
with all of my friends. But as the fall semester went on and my
acceptance (and one rejection) letters started to trickle in, I realized
that this was all really happening - and I had to choose.
I had always dreamed of going to school in New York, but when it came time to apply, Hofstra was the only one I applied to- everything else was in my home state of Texas. I didn’t really think much of Hofstra- I had visited and I thought the campus was pretty and I liked the proximity to New York City, but it just wasn’t at the top of my list.
Then, I came home from school one day to find a massive packet sitting on the kitchen counter. “Congratulations!” it read in big, bold letters. When I opened it, the first thing that caught my eye was a hand-written note from my admission counselor, welcoming me to the school. No other school had given such a personal touch, and I immediately had the feeling that Hofstra was the right fit.
I visited again in March, but my decision was already made- I was going to Hofstra. I didn’t need to talk to students or professors or see another residence hall to know that this was the school for me.
Now that I’m in my third year at Hofstra, preparing to study abroad and then graduate in a year, I realize how right my choice was. Sure, I could have picked another school in another state and made other friends, but I never would have had the opportunities or made as many memories as I have at Hofstra.