Michele Cipriano ‘17

Michele CiprianoHistory, Secondary Education Major


"Open House really solidified my decision to come to St. Joseph's. The students representing the clubs were filled with energy and excitement. I knew I wanted to be just like them. As a student, I am in lots of clubs and have established great relationships with students, faculty and staff. 

"After graduation I would like to work as a substitute teacher or even a full-time teacher. During this time I would also like to get my masters; maybe even at St. Joseph's. 

"I hope to develop my leadership skills. I am going to be the Student Government Association president for the 2016-2017 school year. With that position I hope to learn what it takes to be an effective leader so I can use this skill in my future."

"I always wanted to have a job that had meaning to it. I wanted to have a career that could help others. I was never a huge fan of science so that eliminated any career in the medical field. Then I thought about teaching. Being a teacher gives you a chance to help students grow and learn."

Favorite book? Quote?

"My favorite book would be any Harry Potter book. If I had to pick one of the seven it would be the sixth, The Half-Blooded Prince."

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


If you had to give one reason for a student to choose St. Joseph’s College, what would it be?

"The small population allows you to get to know students, professors, and faculty on a personal level. These relationships can help you in your academic, college and future careers."

Aside from earning a degree and getting a job, what do you hope to get out of your time at SJC?

"I hope to develop my leadership skills. I am going to be the Student Government Association president for the 2016-2017 school year. With that position I hope to learn what it takes to be an effective leader so I can use this skill in my future."

What is the best advice someone else has given you?

"My mother has always supported me. In regards to a career, she has told me many times "I don't care what you want to do with your life. You just need to make sure you love it."

Who is your favorite SJC professor?

"Sister Nancy Gilchriest has been my favorite professor. She teaches at the Long Island Campus, but she teaches Educational Psychology here in Brooklyn. She made that early morning Friday class fun and exciting. I always look forward to seeing her on campus."


Have you been a part of any service activities through the College that were meaningful to you?

"September 2015 I participated in the TEAL Walk. This was a fundraiser walk to raise awareness and money for ovarian cancer. Throughout the fall semester I helped sell merchandise on campus to donate to research. I also attended the TEAL Talk on campus, which had the founder of the company educate us on the warning signs of ovarian cancer. These events were meaningful to me because it highlights a disease that can affect many women."

What have you learned about yourself during your time at SJC?

"Having fun, being involved and working hard can all happen at once. I have always been a hard worker, I like being involved and of course having fun is a priority. At SJC, I have learned that I can be an involved and fun worker simultaneously."