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Seton Hall students voice freshman expectations and opinions

Seton Hall students shared their expectations of the university from when they entered as freshmen and compared it to how they feel about the university today. [caption id="attachment_24669" align="alignnone" width="838"] © Joey Khan Photography[/caption] Ronald Babiak, a sophomore finance and economics major, said he visited Seton Hall for the first time when he attended an open house with his father in the spring of 2017. “Seton Hall had that welcoming atmosphere from the very second that we drove in through the front gate so that was something that was very cool,” he said. “From there I knew that I was gonna have a good experience no matter what decision I made.” Babiak said he was drawn to SHU by the Stillman School, an academic scholarship and its close proximity to his home in central Jersey. One change Babiak said he would like to see on campus is the laptop program. He said that students shouldn’t be required to buy a laptop if they don’t need one or already have one. Babiak said that his favorite part of Seton Hall is his involvement with SGA as an at-large senator and the chair of the Finance Committee. Luke Schreder, a freshman diplomacy major, said he traveled from Illinois to experience the life of a diplomacy major. He said his Seton Hall Weekend was complete with attending a diplomacy class and a full tour of campus. Schreder said that he was excited to come to Seton Hall because the classes seemed more interesting than in high school. He added that he really liked the class he got to experience as it was more of a discussion environment and not just a lecture. “The class work is very engaging, I’m excited to go to all of my classes, and I’m enjoying the sense of community I feel on campus,” Schreder said. However, Schreder said that sometimes, times on campus can be confusing such as the library opening and closing times, athletic center hours and office hours for professors. He said that one thing that hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at SHU is the food, but he has been on tours of campuses with worse food. James Carpenter, a sophomore accounting and information and technology major, said he came to SHU for the first time during an open house his junior year of high school. Carpenter said he officially decided to come to Seton Hall when a SHU representative came to his school and did an interview for an instant decision as part of a program within the honors leadership program. Carpenter said he liked how everything is close by on campus and is centered around the seal. He said he likes the events on campus such as open mic nights and wishes that Seton Hall had more of these events, especially on the weekends. Said Carpenter, “Those things that bring people together I really enjoy.” Veronica Gaspa can be reached at


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