Presenting the Class of 2021

By Kenna Caprio

August 29, 2017 — The Class of 2021 is shaping up to be a large one — more than 1,300 students attended orientation sessions held this summer at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham and Metropolitan campuses.

“I was impressed by the students’ overwhelming positive energy from the welcome right through late night fun in the Rec Center,” says Christine Gaydos, assistant dean of students for student engagement at the Florham Campus.


Photos by Dan Landau

“The Class of 2021 is ready to get their college career started and we are so happy to welcome them to the Florham family.” “Overall, the Class of 2021 is extremely diverse — and of course — very big! The students are excited and enthusiastic about joining the FDU family,” says Vidal Lopez, interim dean of students at the Metropolitan Campus.

But just who comprises this new class? Who are these individuals and what are their fears, hopes, plans and dreams? What do they want their FDU future to hold?

Let’s get to know a few of the new faces on campus!

Afeera ChaudhryAfeera Chaudhry

Hamilton, N.J.
Florham Campus
Biology

What was the best part of orientation?

The best part was definitely “Devils After Dark,” especially the orientation leaders versus students volleyball game, and fun with the inflatable obstacle course.

How do you plan to get involved on campus?

I want to join clubs that cater to my interests. Two that I have looked into are the Muslim Student Association and the Fairleigh Volunteers.

What’s one quintessential college experience that you’re excited to have?

Honestly, I’m most excited to live in a dorm. I can’t wait to become close friends with my roommate and binge-watch movies after finals and midterms.

What are you interested in academically?

Human physiology. In high school, we explored the human body systems in great depth. I was able to dissect animals and their organs — the fetal pig, sheep heart and brain — to compare to human organs.

Becoming a doctor has been my dream since I was a child. I hope to dedicate part of my time to helping those who cannot afford doctor visits and treatments.

Ariana AmermanAriana Amerman

Marlton, N.J.
Metropolitan Campus
Undeclared

What was the best part of orientation?

The lip-sync battle, definitely. My group did songs from ‘80s movies — Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, Risky Business. We came in first place.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m learning sign language. I’m a language person. Might as well try it without opening my mouth! I love Spanish and the other romance languages and know a little bit of Russian.

What’s the best college advice you’ve received?

Show up on time! I’m always late.

Are you interested in studying abroad? What country would you like to visit?

I would love to visit more than one country — Spain and Colombia. In Spain, the pace of speech is much calmer. People go to Colombia just to perfect their Spanish — I would love to get that far!

Allison SchwartzAllison Schwartz

Cherry Hill, N.J.
Florham Campus
Film and animation

Are you excited to meet your roommate? Have you spoken yet?

My roommate is my twin sister Lisa, so we better have spoken!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Is that still your goal?

By middle school I wanted to be a cartoon animator, which I still want to do today.

What are you looking forward to the most this semester?

The two courses that I’m taking related to my major, one on 3-D modeling and one on storyboarding.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m also interested in acting and voiceover work.

DeAndre WorthyDeAndre Worthy

Mount Holly, N.J.
Metropolitan Campus
Civil engineering

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

During orientation some people couldn’t believe that I’m 21 because of my baby face.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Is that still your goal?

As a child, I had no idea what I wanted to be, because growing up you always hear “You can be anything.” To a young DeAndre, that seemed pretty vast and I couldn’t even choose a superhero to call my favorite at the time.

That’s why I’m so psyched that today I know exactly what it is I want to do for the rest of my life — civil engineering — and it’s an exhilarating feeling!

Which class are you most excited for this semester?

Modern Technologies: Principles, Applications and Impacts, even though it’s one day a week and three hours long. It’ll be my first engineering course, so I’m elated.

How do you plan to get involved on campus?

Greek Life, to establish first connections.

Lisa SchwartzLisa Schwartz

Cherry Hill, N.J.
Florham Campus
Film and animation

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m left-handed while my twin Allison is right-handed. And I can draw with both hands.

How do you plan to get involved on campus?

I’m looking forward to exploring the graphic design club and the creative writing club.

What’s the best college advice you’ve received?

Keep in good contact with your professors in case you need help with something.

What’s exciting about being part of the Class of 2021?

With every new class, there’s bound to be students who will make a difference somehow!

Francis CastroFrancis Castro

Teaneck, N.J.

Metropolitan Campus

Mechanical engineering

What are you looking forward to the most this semester?

The new faces and the new experiences I will encounter!

How do you plan to get involved on campus?

I'm going to check out the Student Union Building every day to see what’s poppin’.

What’s the best college advice you’re received?

Review your notes before every class.

What’s exciting about being part of the Class of 2021?

Knowing that I have a lot to learn and that the challenge has just begun!