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First-Year Students Call First Six Weeks Exciting, Inspiring

October 17, 2019

Sophia Sportelli came to St. John Fisher College to study early childhood education with a focus on biology. A native of Syracuse, New York, she described her first six weeks on campus as exciting, challenging, and welcoming.

Sophia Sportelli poses with the Cardinal!

One of just 24 members of the Class of 2023 to be named a Service Scholar, Sportelli is spending the fall semester in the program’s in-depth orientation on civic engagement and the Rochester community. By the end of her first year, she will have completed 130 hours of service.

“The Service Scholar program has helped me to meet a great group of people and learn more about diversity in the community from our weekly meetings,” she said.

In the spring, she is excited to explore a few of the clubs Fisher has to offer, including the Ukulele Club, Fisher CRU, the Ski Club, and the Biology Club.

Outside of coursework, Sportelli said events like Trivia Nights, organized by the Student Activities Board, are a good chance to take a break and have some fun.

Molly Doles (right) with friends Erin Ciavardini (left) and Olivia Mannella (middle).

Molly Doles (right) with friends Erin Ciavardini (left) and Olivia Mannella (middle).

Churchville, New York native Molly Doles wasted no time getting an up close look at her chosen career path. A nursing major, she enrolled in anatomy and physiology, and is enjoying the challenge.

“This is my favorite class by far because it’s the class that reflects my major the most,” she said. “I love learning about the human body and all that it does. I have always loved science in school growing up, too, and it’s an extension of that.”

When she’s not expertly managing her coursework, she participates in the Best Buddies club, is a member of the Student Nurses Association, and has joined the Fisher Players theater group.