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What the First Month Means to Freshmen

October 19, 2017

St. John Fisher College welcomed the Class of 2021 more than seven weeks ago, hopeful for a smooth transition into their new home. Two freshmen, Matthew Jeffries and Dina Cutaia, have made sure to start the year off with a punch.

Matthew Jeffries and Dina Cutaia are members of the Class of 2021.

“Learning, opportunities, and fun.” That’s how Jeffries described his first moments at Fisher.

A Buffalo, New York native, Jeffries is pursuing a degree in finance. Cutaia, is from Webster, New York, and is pursuing a degree in biology. She found her first few weeks to be exciting, new, and inviting.

“The coursework in college is a lot more work with a lot less time to do it,” said Cutaia. “But my professors have shown great interest in my academic success.”

Jeffries agreed that there is more coursework, but he has found that prioritizing, organizing, and time management have been the key to his success at Fisher. Using these skills and taking advantage of campus resources have helped Jeffries polish his academic abilities while giving him time to enjoy clubs and organizations.

“Even though I am involved in a lot of different things on campus, I still manage to have time for everything that I have to get done,” said Jeffries, who is a member of the Investment Club, Teddi Dance for Love Committee, Marketing Club, and Financial Planning Club. If that was not already a lot, Jeffries also fills his time as a member of the men’s lacrosse team.

Cutaia spends her time a little differently, serving as vice president of the Class of 2021 and as a member of the Student Government Association.

Involvement on campus and keeping busy on weekends with friends is what keeps Jeffries from missing his dog at home. Cutaia enjoys spending weekends with friends and studying for her favorite class, American Identities, to keep her from missing her family. And while she misses her mom’s home cooked meals, she found Lackmann Dining Services to offer plenty of options.

“Everything from Lackmann is so amazing,” she said.

Jeffries agreed, noting that the Sandwich Bar is among his favorites at the dining hall.

Another experience Jeffries and Cutaia have in common? Their favorite Fisher event so far is the Courage Bowl. For Jeffries, the annual football game to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times involved two of his passions: sports and community service.

“The Courage Bowl was a lot of fun because it brought people together,” said Cutaia. “I really felt like a part of the Fisher family.”  

This article was written by Alexandra Goff. A senior majoring in media and communication with a minor in women and gender studies, Goff is an intern with the College’s Office of Marketing and Communication.