When she was looking for a four-year college to transfer to after community college, Taylor Fields had her heart set on attending an institution that would be welcoming and feature small class sizes.
St. Joseph’s College became her perfect fit.
“I am beyond thankful I had the opportunity to attend St. Joe’s,” said Fields, who graduated with a psychology degree from SJC Long Island in May. “I met so many amazing people that led me to success. Anyone you meet remembers you, which leads to endless waves and smiles around campus. The staff are authentic and genuine and have taught me lessons about life that I will always cherish.”
At St. Joe’s, Fields took advantage of everything the College has to offer. Among the highlights for Fields was taking part in the campus’ community service club, Students Taking an Active Role in Society (STARS).
As a member of the club, Fields dove into several community service projects, including a mission trip in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she and her peers worked with nonprofits to help to organize a community center and a storage unit, volunteer in a food pantry, work with the disabled and do gardening work.
Community is at the Heart of SJC Long Island
Fields’ college experience wasn’t all easy. She, and the rest of the Class of 2020, faced the unprecedented challenge of making it to graduation while coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Fields said the transition to remote learning for the end of her college career was a challenge — but it was a perfect example of the strength of the community at St. Joseph’s.
“We all got hit with the pandemic at once — and yet, no one seemed to panic,” Fields, 22, of Coram recalled. “The SJC staff handled the situation successfully and professionally. They were open to all types of learning and expressed this through the different options of taking classes.
“The staff quickly became well trained in the needs of the students and were understanding of any issues that arose,” she continued. “I am pleased with how quick everyone adapted to such a difficult time and am thankful for how supportive everyone has been throughout it.”
As she reflects on her experiences, Fields is proud of her decision to transfer to St. Joseph’s College.
“The staff at SJC have always been able to help me network, or point me to someone who could,” Fields said. “I always knew that someone was there to help no matter the issue, which was always comforting.
“I have had opportunities I did not believe were possible for me.”