Ewing, New Jersey
For psychology major Ashley Mapp, Seton Hall provides the perfect balance between academics, community service and social activities. "I knew I wanted to attend a school that really catered to my academic success," Mapp says. When she came to campus, she immediately felt at "home," thanks to Robin Cunningham, associate dean of Freshman Studies. "She truly cared about what I was involved in here," Mapp notes. "When I joined the African Student Association Dance Troupe, she watched my dance performance recording—and showed it to everyone in Freshman Studies. She was one of my biggest cheerleaders!"
It was the Freshman Studies Program that helped Mapp set her college momentum. "Freshman year really sets the standard for your work ethic, proactiveness, acclimation and connections," she says. She found herself constantly encouraged by her peer adviser, University Life professor and the Freshman Studies team. As a result, she applied to be a peer adviser so she could help new freshman. "I love helping my students learn the college ropes," she says. "I'm still connected to many of my students—years later and I regularly visit with them."
Seton Hall prepares leaders who will be dedicated to making a difference in the world and serving their community. Ashley explains "during my Journey of Transformation course, [part of the Seton Hall's Core Curriculum] the whole class did community service outreach every Monday for a semester. "It was really my first service experience and it taught me how to give back and to be grateful that I could give back, as well as make it a part of my regular routine. Seton Hall has helped me grow and mature as a student and a person. I know that I will be successful in life thanks to what I've gained here."