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Incoming freshmen talk expectations

Students like Harshana Ghoorhoo have come a long way to get to SHU. For Ghoorhoo, a diplomacy and international relations and modern languages major, this transition is quite literal. She is an international student from Mauritius, an island nation on the Indian Ocean. Though she will be far from home, she said that her primary concern is making the most of her college experience. [caption id="attachment_23491" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sarah Yenesel/Photography Editor[/caption] “I wish to be able to share my beliefs and culture and most importantly, learn from the experience of others and experience the diversity within the different set of cultures among the students and faculty, and promote the latter,” she said. Ghoorhoo added that she hopes to build upon her ultimate goal of bettering society by working with the United Nations through its alliance with Seton Hall. She said that she can provide her own cultural perspective within international relations. Other incoming freshmen said that one of SHU’s main attractions is the various ways students can get involved on campus. Ryan Woodhams, a sports management and marketing major, said that he has been interested in sports management since the age of 11 and plans to explore opportunities with an internship or WSOU, Seton Hall’s student-run radio station. “I am going to college for the education, but — as cliche as it sounds — I want to leave no stone unturned and just take every opportunity that looks even remotely interesting, as I’ve always believed the chances I don’t take are often the ones I’ll regret much more than the ones I do,” he wrote in an email interview. Jackie Drucker, an occupational therapy major, said that she hopes college life will help her improve her time management skills. However, she explained that she is mostly excited to learn and make friends in her program. “Looking at the school and talking to current students and faculty, I’ve learned what an amazing school Seton Hall is and they have one of the best OT/PT programs that I’ve ever seen,” she said. “I am very excited to see the new medical facility in Nutley. I’ve heard great things about it.” Some students sought out Seton Hall as a chance to explore the world. Madeline Catlow, an education major, said that one of her biggest worries with regard to starting college is not taking full advantage of the possibilities in front of her. She cited her interest in studying abroad as one of the aspects that drew her to SHU. “I just hope to have the best time of my life,” she said. “I’m about four hours away from my home state and I’m excited for all of the new opportunities and experiences.” Julie Trien can be reached at


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