Molloy’s Student Leadership Conference: “The Best Three Days of My Life.”

By Anika Chowdhury

On August 21, I was one of 41 Molloy students who embarked on a trip to Princeton, New Jersey, to spend three days at the Chauncey Conference Center. This trip, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, was the first step to a life of leadership. It was an amazing opportunity.

The three days were characterized by early mornings, gorgeous views, five-star meals, and bucket loads of fun. We took part in various icebreakers and activities to get to know one another, and even played a kickball game, while learning about important life skills such as public speaking, tips for academic success, and getting involved on campus. Some of the activities brought out the best parts of us, and even helped some of the shyer people emerge out of their shells. It was so beautiful to see. It was incredible to be able to form such strong bonds with people I didn’t know a week ago, and I can easily say August 21 to August 23 were the best three days of my life.

Getting to know the freshmen on the trip was by far the best part of the experience. I watched them make their first college friends right before my eyes, and saw them build relationships and develop skills that will resonate throughout their lives. They learned from the workshops that Eryn Hornung, Janine Payton, Bob Houlihan, and Brendan Caputo in Student Affairs put together; and then they came forward and asked the upperclassmen about our experiences. They asked us about clubs, work-study, and professors, and they inquired about their majors with wide eyes. During every conversation I had with them, I found myself laughing so hard, my stomach hurt. They surprised us all, and I cannot wait to see what they bring to campus come this fall.

The Leadership Conference was a bonding experience for all who attended. We roomed with someone we probably weren’t familiar with, and we were in a conference room for multiple hours a day with people we didn’t know beforehand. The craziest part is that at the end of it, I knew everybody and I considered each one of them a friend. It was a great way for us to mix and mingle not only with people who have been going to Molloy, but the incoming freshmen who we didn’t know yet. We not only brought home pictures and smiles, we brought home memories that will last a lifetime.

Images courtesy of Anika Chowdhury.

My Dearest Molloy: A Letter to the College

By Christie Catterson

My Dearest Molloy,

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation of how awesome you really are. Ever since I set foot on campus over three years ago, I felt the loving, close community that I was looking for in a school. When I shadowed a current student, I saw how teachers passionately taught their classes and genuinely wanted their students to thrive. With small teacher-to-faculty ratios, I knew that professors would invest their knowledge and experience to help me succeed after graduation.

I knew that you would be the perfect place for me to thrive with the numerous clubs and activities on campus. You give me the freedom to enjoy and build upon the things that I love, and to build a community in which I can form strong friendships. There is always something for me to get involved in, whether it is going to club hour during the week or by attending (or participating in) NCAA Division II sporting events on the weekend.

Even with a rigorous course load of 18 credits packed with Biology and Honors classes, I thoroughly enjoy the classroom experience with my fellow peers. You have definitely pushed me to be stellar at time management with running between homework, practice, and work. I have long, exhausting days, but they are all worth it because I absolutely love you for the amazing friends and family that I have made during my undergraduate career.

Thank you for making my time as an undergraduate an unforgettable one, filled with a tremendous amount of learning and growing into a young adult ready to achieve the lifelong goals I have worked so hard to accomplish. I will always treasure the wonderful memories and lifelong friendships with both peers and professors that I have made. I owe it all to you, Molloy, for being the best college that I could have asked for.


Christie Catterson


Finding Myself at Molloy

By Sarah Moughal

When I started my freshman year, I wasn’t sure if Molloy was for me. I chose Molloy at the last minute because it was close by and offered a great Business program. I am a junior now and have fallen in love with all that the school offers during my years here. Molloy is ideal for someone who wants to make the most of her college years. The College makes it possible for me to take the classes I want, be involved on campus, and intern.

I love that Molloy doesn’t constrict me to one field of study. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Art History. I am happy that I can pursue my Business degree and take classes in the Art department. I also like that I can sign up for elective classes. For example, I got the chance to take an American Sign Language class, which was awesome!

The faculty is always available to help and provide extra assistance. My professors work one-on-one with me to help me understand the course material. Having a very open, friendly relationship with my professors allows me to build my network and gain support and confidence in my studies and career aspirations. My Corporate Finance professor always pushed me to try harder – he frequently stayed after class to help me and encouraged me throughout the class to stay focused and made sure I understood the course. My Art professor saw the passion I had for art history and offered me free tickets to MOMA and a personal tour conducted by her. I am so grateful for the relationships I’ve made with professors at Molloy.

Outside of class, I am president of a club called Circle K International. This club is part of an international service organization, which means we interact with various schools in New York State, as well as internationally. Through my club, I am able to work with other clubs on campus to brainstorm new projects and host events. Student Affairs is always welcoming new proposals and ideas to add to campus life. This year, I have focused on mental health awareness and am in the process of hosting a “Let It Go” event. I am collaborating with a project coordinator at Molloy who is a professional on speaking for suicide awareness. We are proposing a bonfire on campus where students, faculty, and staff can throw in a written note with insecurities, issues, or fears and just let them burn and let them go. Molloy allows me to share my voice on such a strong topic – I am constantly motivated by my school to express my voice and help others.

I am exposed to many cultures at Molloy. Many of my classmates and club members were born in different countries or have parents who were born outside of the U.S. Molloy is huge on studying abroad and expanding cultural exposure. I have been inspired by my school’s diversity to use my club and voice as a platform to work with Student Affairs on getting international flags hung up at Molloy.

At Molloy, we are fortunate to be able to take part in many networking events, which is how I landed my internship this semester. I am a production design intern at Lifetime Brands, which is a huge international houseware production company. I get to research new patents and prints while working with people overseas to make samples and prototypes for various tabletop products. I am grateful that I can commute to my internship and then back to class. This allows me to gain experience in the field of my study as well as guide me into what I want to do with my career.

Molloy College offers me the chance to utilize my time to the fullest. I am able to juggle so much while getting a quality education. I can run my club, participate in other clubs, throw campus events, and engage in networking and cultural events. I can be the well-rounded and ambitious student that I want to be.