Domestic Outreach Trips

Each year, Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice runs a number of service trips over Intersession and spring break. Domestic Outreach Trips in 2019 include trips to Homeboy Industries, the St. Bernard Project, White Violet Center for EcoJustice and many more!

Students at Homeboy Industries (pictured left) will “serve at-risk youth and adults with the largest and most comprehensive gang intervention and rehabilitation program in the country.”

Students at the St. Bernard Project will “repair and rebuild homes.”

Students at White Violet Center for EcoJustice will “Engage in hands-on and educational experiences that focus on environmental justice and sustainability.”

These are just a few of the locations that University of Scranton students will be visiting this year.

Grace Dickson ’20 is facilitating the group on this year’s Domestic Outreach trip to White Violet Center for EcoJustice in Indiana.

“Domestic Outreach Trips are an amazing opportunity for students,” Dickson said.  “It gives students the chance to travel in the best way possible: learning about seeing new locations for what they really are, not just the tourist stops.  These trips allow students to gain new perspectives of our country by serving those who are marginalized in various types of service.”

More information about Domestic Outreach trips can be found here.


#USGrad19: Conversation with a Senior

Marisa Guardino is a senior from New York majoring in human resources with minors in business and philosophy.  On campus, she is an RA, performs with LIVA and the all-female a cappella group, and also works as a Royal Ambassador under the office of Admissions.  We reached out to Marisa to talk to her about her time here at Scranton.

What were your expectations about college before coming to Scranton, and how have they changed or stayed the same after being here?

Most of my expectations were just normal of that of a senior in high school going away to college. I expected to take on a lot more responsibilities, have a lot more freedom, and have a much different experience than high school. All of those expectations were met and exceeded. The responsibilities that I took on at college just continued to grow as my years here progressed. I got involved in more things, my meal plans changed, my workload increased, etc. I definitely had a lot more freedom here at college than anywhere else, but as my responsibilities increased, I had to manage my free time more wisely. Lastly, my experience here is completely different than my experience in high school. The classes, studying and tests are much more complex than I was initially prepared for, and teachers are less lenient with late or missing assignments, but I adjusted quickly in order to keep up with the flow of things.

What is your favorite thing about Scranton?

My favorite thing about Scranton is, easily, the people. Everyone always talks about how the community here is one of the greatest things about being at Scranton, and they are absolutely correct. Every person I have encountered here at Scranton has been so open and genuinely kind. Even if you have only met someone once, people are always willing to stop and say hello or even have a conversation with you. It’s a running joke that if someone were to fall while on campus that person would immediately be swarmed by people ready to help them. Although it may just be a joke, it’s 100 percent correct. People care about each other here, even if they barely know one another. The people are what make Scranton feel like home for me.

What are some “bucket list” things you want to do before leaving Scranton?

Before leaving Scranton I would LOVE to stand on the roof of LSC, go sledding down the Redington Hill, study in Northern Lights, go to the new athletic field, attend a spring fest concert on the Dionne Green and go swimming in Chapman Lake.

What shocked you the most about your time here?

It shocked me how much my friendships have changed throughout the years. It is always odd to me when I pass someone in DeNaples that was one of my closest friends my first year, and now we walk past one another and almost forget to say hi because we forget we even know each other. However, part of what is shocking about the changes in friendship here at Scranton is that you still always see each other in passing because we have such a small school, and even though we are no longer close, the simple greetings we share with one another is always comfortable. These little occurrences are DEFINITELY things I am going to miss about this place.

What do you look forward to most about the future?

I am really looking forward to starting my career and figuring out how to be an adult in the real world. I am also looking forward to keeping up with my Scranton family long after graduation!

Intersession in Paris

Over Intersession, Laura Riemer traveled to Paris, France, for a study abroad program.  Riemer is a senior strategic communication major with a concentration in PR and a triple minor in accounting, finance and business.  She is from Lansdale, and she transferred to Scranton during her sophomore year, fall 2016.  Read about her experience going abroad below!

What made you want to study abroad?

When I was applying to colleges back in high school, I was told to make a list of things that I wanted out of my four-year experience to guide my college search. One of the top items on my list was a good study abroad program. I went on two trips internationally during high school (England/Scotland and Greece) and traveled domestically throughout US/Caribbean with my family every year. These trips sparked an interest and curiosity within me to see more of the world. I attempted to study abroad for a semester, but the programs were not aligning with my studies, so my last year at Scranton I decided it was now or never!

How did you decide where you wanted to go?

I chose to study abroad for January Intersession in Paris, because I had always been fascinated by the city. I began studying the language in middle school and followed that path through high school. I also took one semester of French my sophomore year. Being familiar with the language made studying in a foreign country more comforting to me. Additionally, I wanted to study in France because of family and friends’ recommendations. Many of my family and friends have traveled abroad and they had always raved about the country, so I wanted to check it out for myself.

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Conversation with a First-Year Student

Alex Garza is a first-year student from New Jersey majoring in occupational therapy.  We reached out to Alex to find out about her first semester here at Scranton.

What were your expectations about college before coming to Scranton, and how have they changed or stayed the same after spending a semester here?

Before coming to college, I was extremely nervous because this was my first time away from home for more than a couple of months. I knew the coursework would be harder, and I knew I was coming into this school not knowing anyone. I didn’t really have a lot of expectations because everyone’s college experience is different. After staying a semester here, my expectations changed, and it has been a great experience so far.

What is your favorite thing about Scranton?

My favorite thing at Scranton so far is the activities I’m involved in and the friends I’ve made here. My two favorite things I’m involved in are the Royal Harmony a cappella group and the Liva Arts performing arts program. My first semester with Royal Harmony was so much fun! This was my first time doing a cappella and it was an interesting experience. Those girls are like my family here, and they’re really good friends of mine! I just got into the musical for Liva Arts and, so far, the experience has been amazing! The kids are so nice, and I can’t wait to perform with them in April. I’ve been performing for years and finally doing it in college makes me so happy.

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Winter Club and Activities Fair

The winter club and activities fair took place Friday, Feb. 1, in the DeNaples Ballroom.  The Ballroom was packed with club tables, students and even a fry bar!  The club fair is a great way for new students to learn about the different activities the school has to offer.  Returning students also attend and often find clubs that they hadn’t previously known about.  New clubs are made every semester, so the fair is a good way to find out new ways to get involved on campus.  If you missed the club fair, you can find information about all of the University’s clubs on RoyalSync!


Spotlight: Tutoring Services

With the new semester, it’s important to know what resources are available to help you with your studying!

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) has strict requirements for students to become tutors, so you can feel confident that your tutor is qualified.  Your tutor will have received a minimum of a 3.3 GPA (B+) in the course you are seeking help with, as well as have been recommended by a faculty member in that course.

The CTLE offers different types of tutoring throughout the semester.

Hailey Kindt ’20 has enjoyed being a tutor over the last few semesters.

“People should use tutoring services here because it’s a comfortable environment to learn one-on-one,” she said.

Group tutoring opportunities are also available.  Supplemental Instruction (SI) tutoring is when an experienced tutor leads scheduled study sessions in groups.  Small group tutoring is similar, with groups meeting with a tutor on a weekly basis.

Drop-in tutoring labs are also offered.  Tutors offer immediate assistance on particular days with no appointment needed.

With so many options available, don’t hesitate to get the extra help you need to improve your grades.

The CTLE Tutoring Center is in LSC, on the fifth floor.

More information can be found here.