Fisher Welcomes Class of 2021 to Campus
On Saturday, Sept. 2, St. John Fisher College opened its doors to the Class of 2021, the largest freshman class in Fisher history.
Most members of the class—633 students in all—come from New York, but Fisher’s newest undergrads also represent Arizona, California, Florida, and Michigan, among 11 other states. About 90 percent of the class will reside on campus. Nursing, biology, sport management, chemistry, and management are among the majors with the most interest from the Class of 2021.
On Saturday, among the bedding, bookshelves, and bins of clothing, parents like Bronx, New York resident Edward Figueroa offered a few words of advice to their students.
“Stay on the books,” he said to his daughter, Kayla, who will pursue nursing. “Stay focused.”
Two roommates in Murphy Hall, Roger Panara and Bradon McFerran, found out quickly they have something in common: legacy parents.
Panara’s parents, Roger and Kathryn, lived in Murphy Hall and graduated in 1984. McFerran’s mom, Pam, is a 1988 graduate of the College. Both parents are happy to see their sons follow in their Fisher footsteps.
“It’s a tremendous place. You’re going to learn a lot and have a great time,” Kathryn Panera said.
“Get involved and have fun,” she offered.
Rochester native Tatiana Colon, double majoring in English with a writing concentration and Spanish, is excited to start the new chapter in her life. Her father, Miguel, said he’s not worried about Tatiana.
“She’s going to do very well,” he said. “I’m very proud.”
Freshman Amanda Hoare, of Skaneateles, New York, said Fisher’s small atmosphere drew her to the College. An education major, she looks forward to learning more about the clubs and organizations on campus.
The weekend also welcomed more than 200 full- and part-time transfer students to campus, the majority of whom live in Monroe County. The most frequently chosen first majors for transfer students are nursing, accounting, management, and sport management.
Throughout the first week of classes, new students will participate in workshops and seminars introducing them to Fisher, under the guidance of upperclassmen and academic advisors.
Orientation members Katie Lindovski ’20 and Michaela Crowley ’19 helped move in first-year students and host orientation events. Both recalled their own experiences as freshmen, and joined the team to help students find their home at Fisher.
“We want everyone to feel like a family,” Lindovski said. “That’s what the Week of Welcome is for—we want students to feel comfortable and get involved.”