Selecting the “right” college is a simple, yet complicated decision. As a father of three girls, I have watched them each struggle with choosing the right school. My daughter Colleen is the youngest in the family.
Since her two older sisters chose large schools fairly close to home, I expected Colleen to make a similar decision. When she told my wife and I that she wanted to visit a school six hours away from our home in Freehold, N.J., we were shocked. Reluctantly, we agreed and decided to visit St. Bonaventure University.
After stepping foot on campus during our visit, Colleen knew St. Bonaventure was the place for her. The sense of school pride, rigorous curriculum, and beautiful campus drew her in from the start. I remember Colleen describing an immediate sense of belonging at St. Bonaventure – a feeling that has stuck with her for the past three years.
As a parent and a high school teacher, I initially looked at St. Bonaventure and saw a university that was beautiful and affordable. After watching Colleen thrive on campus for the past three years, I now see Bona’s as a school that provides a safe, nurturing environment while offering students endless opportunities to succeed both at an undergraduate level and in the future.
For Colleen, the opportunities to lead and succeed at St. Bonaventure have been limitless. Colleen has become a captain of the SBU Hip Hop team and treasurer of the Medical Emergency Response Team. She has served as a resident assistant for two years, and is a student ambassador on campus.
Colleen is a part of the dual-admission program with George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and she is consistently given one-on-one attention inside and outside of the classroom to ensure both academic and personal success.
As a parent, I am always amazed at the support given to the students by the faculty when I attend the sold-out Hip Hop performances and observe the faculty encouraging the students after the shows. The relationship between the surrounding community and the Bonaventure families is evident every time I visit campus.
Watching Colleen and her teammates perform during halftime of a basketball game in the frenzied atmosphere of the Reilly Center is an outstanding experience unlike any other. The constant encouragement and support from faculty, peers, and community members helps Colleen feel like she belongs at her home away from home.
I proudly display a St. Bonaventure poster and pennant in my classroom and recommend it as an excellent choice for my high school students looking for a university where they will be much more than a number. St. Bonaventure allows students to form their own identity the way Colleen has over the past three years. Colleen’s experience has made us both feel that she made the right choice in choosing to become a Bonnie for life.
I encourage you to explore the opportunities St. Bonaventure has to offer in helping your child thrive both in and out of the classroom.
Proud Bona Dad
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