Major: Marketing major, Spanish minor
Hometown: Budd Lake, NJ (home to the largest natural lake in New Jersey!)
Describe yourself in a couple sentences for the readers.
I am an only child with no cousins who came to Fordham looking to stay in New York City. I’m peace-loving and enjoy helping others and making people happy.
What is your favorite aspect of Fordham and why?
I love that no matter where I am going, I’m always going to run into someone I know, even if I’m at a random Duane Reade in lower Manhattan (it’s happened)! I guess it’s true, New York City really is our campus.
If there was one thing about Fordham you could change what would it be?
We’re a campus full of nice people, but we still have a long way to go as a student body when it comes to using inclusive language, being accepting of all people, and treating others with respect.
What is your favorite thing to do in New York City?
I LOVE eating at PJ Clarke’s near Lincoln Center. They have the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had and the atmosphere is really fun. I’ve tried to bring as many people there as I can during my time here– my friends, boyfriend, roommate, even my mom, all of whom have had a really great time.
What is something about you that not many people know?
I was part of a hip-hop dance workshop that performed at Alvin Ailey studios in Manhattan last year.
Something else I’m really proud is over the summer, my roommate (coincidentally also named Emily) and I walked from the Rose Hill campus to Lincoln Center. That’s what happens when the Ram Van doesn’t run on Sundays in the summer.
What is your favorite class at Fordham?
I loved Marketing to Young Consumers that I took last semester with Professor Linette Attai. She was so knowledgeable and experienced and the amount of work that goes into effectively selling products to children is fascinating. I also love the Spanish classes I have taken with Profesora Patricia Romero. She was the best professor I’ve ever had and I learned so much from her.
What is a personal goal you would like to accomplish over your four years here?
With only one year left (begins to cry) I realize that I have already gotten an immense amount out of Fordham and with that, I am going to try to continue to get the most by going to as many programs as I can, taking advantage of the city, and focusing on schoolwork so I can graduate as well-rounded as possible.
What show, food, artist or movie would you consider your “guilty pleasure”?
Honey BooBoo. Everyone judges me for it but I think we all have something to learn from a family who is happy and proud to be who they are despite all the critics.
What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
That my last name is pronounced “row-shet” instead of “row-shot.” People have gotten it wrong my entire life and I just wish they would see the “o” in it.
What is your favorite song of 2013 so far?
Although it’s from 2012, because it didn’t become big until 2013, I’m going to say “Same Love” by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. I am an ally to the LGBTQ community and I love how this song helps to raise awareness about loving one another.
Do you have plans, career or otherwise, for post-college life?
Ever since high school I have wanted to work in advertising targeting the Hispanic demographic within the United States. I always swore I’d be that kid who didn’t change their mind during college, but over the last year my dream of being a wedding planner has grown bigger and bigger.
What activities, clubs, projects or organizations are you involved with at school?
This is my second year as United Student Government’s Vice President of Student Life where I also chair the House Committee. It is also my third year as a First Year Formation student facilitator and as an Orientation Leader. I work in the Library’s Reference Department and intern for the XO Group, known for theknot.com, downtown on the corner of Fulton and Broadway.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring with you?
Instead of an item I would bring my mom. She’s my best friend and we always have a great time together, although it’s probably not very nice I’m now wishing she was stranded on a dessert island.
If you could go back to your first day at Fordham, what advice would you give yourself?
To work on putting myself first more often and making sure I do what needs to get done. That extra trip to the caf for an hour because I thought it would help me make friends was time that, looking back, I wish I had been doing academics instead.