Meet Noah Fitzgerald
During my time at the University of Saint Joseph, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in many positions, leadership roles, and organizations on campus. My active involvement throughout my short time at USJ has enhanced my experience more than I could have ever imagined. Both in and out of the classroom, I’ve been provided with incredible opportunities to grow professionally and personally.
I am currently a Resident Assistant, which has perhaps been the role that has impacted me the most. Being a Resident Assistant has allowed me to enhance my communication and leadership skills through working directly with both my peers and supervisors. This position has opened doors for other opportunities for me to get involved on campus. I’d also say, it was very rewarding being an RA my freshman year. I came onboard after the first semester and it helped with my communication skills and leadership development. I find there’s a fine line between being a friend and a manager, especially when they’re your peers. It placed me in a position where I had to be conscious of my actions and lead by example. Because I had such a smooth transition from high school to college, I wanted to share any advice and experiences with those who may be struggling. There are quite a few students I assisted in practicing better time management techniques and got more involved with activities of which they were unaware. Some of these activities included working with organizations such as Working on Wellness and athletics when coordinating programs, as well as my role as an admissions ambassador. Being able to share in these experiences has been incredibly rewarding.
In the classroom, I am majoring in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science. Although the program is new to USJ, I believe it rivals any other actuarial science program at any other university. The perk of being in a program that is small, but growing, is the individual relationship you are able to build with your professors. For me, Dr. Lioutikova (Professor L) has helped me both in and out of the classroom. Not only is she teaching the material and spending extra hours with her students if need be, she is actively engaged in the community and is always seeking opportunities for her students outside of the classroom. One opportunity that she has assisted me in finding is the CT IFS Actuarial Bootcamp. Not only did she inform me of this opportunity, she assisted me with my application and even wrote a letter of recommendation for me as well. They set me up with a large binder that had over 30 presenters in the actuary field I could contact. I was also able to take the first exam free of charge – an exam that normally would have cost me $500.
What I’ve found in my time here is that all of the faculty and staff at the University of Saint Joseph are welcoming and truly want to help you in any way that they can. This is my favorite part about this university, and I could not have asked for a better environment to spend my college years.