Current undergraduate student Pooja Jaisinghani (PJ for short) has taken Hofstra University’s campus by storm since she transferred in 2014. As a young woman who is extremely hardworking and dedicated, PJ will stop at nothing to turn each and every one of her dreams into a reality. As a marketing major with a minor in Public Relations, this co-ed has nothing but love for the field of communications. PJ tells College Lifestyles™ about her involvement in the professional communications fraternity in the arts and sciences, Zeta Phi Eta and college radio station, WRHU.
When PJ’s not engaging with her fellow Hofstra students, she’s writing about something we all share a common love for, food. After publishing her first food article in Hofstra’s newspaper entitled, “Long Island’s delectable treats: Kiss My Cake,” she will have much more to say about amazing places to indulge on the island. So, without giving too much away, let’s get right into CL’s classy interview.
College Lifestyles™: What activities are you involved in on campus?
Pooja Jaisinghani: On campus, the majority of my time is spread into my professional communications fraternity called Zeta Phi Eta. I’m also involved in Hofstra’s radio station WRHU. Through WRHU, I currently focus on events and interviews and eventually hope to participate in other programs such as music and news. I am also a writer for The Chronicle, Hofstra’s newspaper, and a member of the culinary club.
CL: As a transfer student, how did you adjust to a new school and meeting new people?
PJ: As a transfer, it was really hard for me to adjust to a new school. No one ever tells you about how every campus has a different student culture and how much you will miss your old school and old friends. I tried keeping a positive mindset and making the best of my situation and right off the bat, I got involved as much as I could. I met a lot of new people through classes, mutual interests, clubs and on-campus events.
CL: What internships/jobs have you had?
PJ: I have worked as an art gallery attendant, an office assistant and I worked at Chipotle. I worked as a business intern at Training For Warriors, and I had a freelance position as a personal trainer. I also interned under a multimedia food program. Currently, I’m an undergraduate assistant for University Relations, Hofstra’s PR Department.
CL: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
PJ: I’ve lived in many different places and was brought up on many discrepant cultures. Mexico, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Dubai and Rhode Island.
CL: If you had to name your dream job, what would it be?
PJ: I think my ideal dream job would be to be able to attend and cover amazing events such as award shows, concerts, galas, tastings, openings, networking events, etc. I absolutely love experiencing new things and meeting new people and to do that for a living would be perfect, and I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
CL: What advice would you give to your freshman year self?
PJ: I think every freshman needs to know that they should spend a little extra time exercising to keep their mind and body balanced. I would tell my freshman self to embrace every opportunity that comes her way. Freshman year is the time when your classes will be easist and you’ll have the most free time. Live in the moment and do not stress over what you can’t change. You will be doing laundry at odd hours because the machines are almost never empty; sometimes you’ll feel homesick but you’ll get by with a little help from your friends, there’s never a dull moment and if there is, just venture outside because there is probably something really cool going on that you haven’t realized.
This is only the start for Jaisinghani as she continues to capture and motivate Hofstra University’s community. From listening to her words, it just goes to show that even though new beginnings can be scary, you can make the best of them and, like PJ, excel effortlessly doing so.
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