First-year Students Nurture Friendships


Roommates Maura Kranz (left) and Caitlin Doughton (right) in their dorm room.


SCRANTON, Pa – September 20, 2020

The University welcomed students to campus this fall, but there are limitations on how they gather outside of the classroom.

Scranton usually offers a wide variety of activities, clubs and events for students to take part in, but most of these have gone virtual to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

First-year students use these events to meet new people and make friends. Since these activities are virtual, first-year students are utilizing non-traditional ways to create friendships at Scranton.

Caitlin Doughton is a first-year student at Scranton. Doughton said she felt a little blind coming into her first year at the University but has managed to find ways to socialize and make connections with others on campus. Doughton loves nature and said that she enjoys going outside to spend some time out of her dorm room.

“I find it extremely beneficial to escape to the library or make a spontaneous stop at a picnic table on campus,” Doughton said.

Doughton said she also spends time outside with her friends exploring the surrounding area.

“My friends and I love hiking through Nay-Aug Park, strolling through campus and even doing our school work on the Dionne Green,” Doughton said.

Though the social scene is not as large as it usually is, Doughton said she has grown closer with her roommate, Maura Kranz, from the extended time they spend in their rooms.

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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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September 2

The first week of classes has set the fall 2015 semester into full swing!

One thing that’s so great about this University is that it aims to keep its students involved and active on campus. By engaging in the various clubs and activities students are able to not only get to know more about the school, but also get to know each other! For more photos from this week, check out our Flickr album!

In this issue:

Annual Student Activities Club Fair
The 5th Annual Downtown Scavenger Hunt
Student Spotlight on…A First Year and A Transfer Student 
Scranton Lingo
Upcoming Events

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