Stevens Community & Culture

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Hi all! First off, I’d like to extend a huuuuuge warm welcome to the incoming Class of 2022! My name is Laura Oliveto and I am one of the Peer Leaders that will be welcoming you all at orientation! I am a senior Software Engineering major, Computer Science minor, from Williamstown, New Jersey, and this will be my third time being involved with orientation. This blog post will give you a little insight to the Stevens culture and community we have going on here! I hope this helps you all get a better idea of what to expect when you arrive, and hopefully get you feeling more excited to start your college journey here!

Being a school on the smaller scale, Stevens naturally harbors a very close knit community. Wherever you go on this 4 block wide campus, you’ll always find a friendly face waving to you and saying “Hey!”. While this may sound intimidating to some, I find it comforting being able to see my friends all over campus. This also extends to professors, too! With our small student-to-faculty ratio, your tour guides were serious when they said most of your professors know you by name. This makes for great research and career opportunities! Stevens encourages innovation (fitting, as the innovation university). The students here are always working on group projects or research. I’ve never seen anyone turn down a chance to help someone out with their Economics homework, or help study for that Mechanics of Solids exam. You’ll easily be able to find a study group, and work together to succeed together. This is one of my favorite things about Stevens, the awesome sense of camaraderie that encourages everyone to be the best they can possible be!

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Stevens also does an awesome job at giving students a chance to find their home away from home. There are so many organizations to join, but here are just a few: the Torch Alliance, the Ethnic Student Council, Student Government Association, Greek life, club sports, political clubs, you name it! I recommend checking out any club you even have a slight interest in during your first semester, pick two or three you like best, and get as involved as possible! For me, these clubs are the Women’s Club Soccer Team and Sorority Life. You’re bound to find students with similar interests as you, but I also recommend trying new things!

Because we are located in arguably the best town in New Jersey, Stevens culture overlaps with Hoboken culture – fun, modern, and foody! The festivals, cute coffee shops, boutiques, and food places make for a perfect college town. I would say most students here are always down to try a new place to eat or spend a lazy afternoon on one of the piers that looks out at the New York City skyline. Here at Stevens you’ll find a bright, enthusiastic, and adventurous group of students getting an awesome education and having a great time while doing so. Hope you’re ready to join in!

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Awaiting Your Stevens Arrival

Hello everyone! I hope you are all excited to be joining the Stevens community and are looking forward to orientation. My name is Pujan Shah, one of this year’s Peer Leaders, and will be a 4 out of 5 mechanical engineer doing co-op (don’t worry you will get used to the whole out of 5 deal soon enough). I am from Montville, New Jersey and am super excited to be welcoming in the Class of 2022. This blog post is meant to give you a little bit of insight into what you should know as an incoming student at Stevens. Joining the Stevens community will be exciting and new, and hopefully this blog post will help you keep a few things in mind to make this transition even easier.

Upon arriving at StevensPujan3 you will learn very quickly that the Peer Leaders (PL) you meet will be a great resource for you to use and get to know for just about anything. The Peer Leaders here at Stevens are super enthusiastic and excited to meet you all so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and say, “hi”. Peer Leaders are a great resource for you to ask any questions you have regarding just about anything. If they may not know the answer directly, they will definitely know who you can go to in order to get your questions answered. Remember that PLs have been in your shoes in the past so they remember what their first day at Stevens was like.

Also at Stevens, it is important to know that Hoboken is a community that has so much to offer. Other than being very convenient to get to New York City, take either the PATH train or the bus, there is a lot that you can do in Hoboken itself! Being a relatively small town, it is really easy to walk to pretty much anything. Whether you need to get supplies from 

CVS or Walgreen’s, try one of the many fantastic restaurants in town, or just spend some time on the lovely pier along the Hudson river; Hoboken has it all! Becoming familiar with the town is something that may seem daunting at first but will happen very quickly! Once you walk around town a couple of times, you will learn to know of where everything is. There are also a lot of way to get involved by volunteering your time at places such as the Homeless Shelter, annual music festival, or park cleanups, if that is something you enjoy doing.

Finally, don’t feel afraid to try new things and get involved early. Stevens has a lot to offer especially when it comes to the over 100 clubs and student organizations. There is something for everyone at Stevens, and you should know that as a Freshman you should not feel intimidated to join something that interests you or to try something new. Always know that the Stevens community is a supportive one and there are always people around you to talk to and ask questions about anything.

We are all very excited to be welcoming you all in just a couple months. Here at Stevens, you will make life long relationships, develop as an individual, and most importantly become part of an amazing flock of individuals. Welcome to Stevens, Class of 2022!!

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Welcome to The Flock

madisonHello! My name is Madison Telles and I’m the Peer Leader Coordinator this year! I am a senior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Pre-Law Public Policy here at Stevens, originally from Roseville, CA, and this is my third year being involved in Orientation. I’ve been working with many people in the Office of Undergraduate Student Life (including our amazing intern, Olivia) to make sure that Orientation is one of the most engaging and educational weeks of your new life at Stevens! Outside of being involved in Orientation, I am heavily involved in Greek Life on campus as a sister in one of our social Greek sororities and I previously did research through our College of Arts and Letters.

oliviaheadshotHey there! My name is Olivia Ballhagen and I am new to Stevens, just like you! Currently I am a graduate student from Iowa, studying Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs. This summer I am interning with the Stevens Orientation Team, and am one of the faces behind the screen of Stevens Students posts on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and publishing the blogs of Peer Leaders.

Here are some tips to make the most out of your summer to help with your transition to Stevens this Fall:

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1. Prepare

This blog is designed for you to gain insight from current students to help prepare you for your upcoming fall at Stevens. Stay tuned each week for a new topic being covered by our Peer Leaders. Our Peer Leaders are Stevens students who are passionate about creating a great transition to the Stevens community.

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2. Engage

Stay engaged this summer by taking time to read blogs to help with your life changing transition at the end of the summer. You can also prepare by participating in our webinar series and by following us on social media. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible, so engaging early can help! There is a Stevens Class of 2022 Facebook page that you can join if you would like to socialize with others in the incoming class!

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 3. Ask for Help

Whether it is during your preparation, or once you are a year in at Stevens, do not be afraid to seek help. Remember that others are in the same boat as you figuring out a new school, town, and faces. We hope that this blog can help put you at ease by getting you to think about your upcoming fall at Stevens, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at oballhag@stevens.edu or mtelles@stevens.edu if you have further questions!

We hope you enjoy the content to help with your preparations in joining the Duck family. Welcome to the flock!

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