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Cari Costa: Refining Her Dream at Adelphi

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September 22, 2015
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Cari Costa: Refining Her Dream at Adelphi

Student, Transfer Student


 

by James Forkan

“I chose Adelphi because of the many opportunities it presented to me to get involved on campus, as well as its communications curriculum, which was full of fun classes I could have never imagined taking before.” —Cari Costa

“I was inspired to pursue journalism as a major back when I was in middle school,” Cari Costa said. “I loved writing and I loved sports, and I had a teacher tell me that I should consider becoming a sports journalist.”

Fast-forward to today. A senior who interned in her junior year in the merchandising department of the New York Islanders, Costa said, “Ultimately, I would love to head the communications department for them or any professional sports team.”

Costa, who transferred from Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, said, “I considered other schools in Massachusetts, including Western New England University, as well as other Long Island schools, including Hofstra. I chose Adelphi because of the many opportunities it presented to me to get involved on campus, as well as its communications curriculum, which was full of fun classes I could have never imagined taking before!”

She added, “I also loved that the school offered so many different courses for me to take outside of my major, including the dance classes for nonmajors.”

Though a commuter student, Costa is involved on various activities at Adelphi. “I’m a member of Delta Delta Delta and the vice president of administration since April,” she said. “I also work as a transfer ambassador on campus, assisting other transfer students by planning different events for them to attend and serving as a liaison.” In addition, she said, “I take dance classes both on and off campus, mainly ballet, modern and lyrical.”

After thinking about what she learned from her own transfer experience, Costa concluded, “You have to be willing to put yourself out there and try new things. It can be intimidating at first, especially when you’re so new to campus,” she added, “but it’s through building connections and making friendships that you will really find your place and start having a great time.”

Serving as a transfer ambassador since last year has allowed her to “definitely pass those experiences along” to others considering or making a transfer to Adelphi. Not surprisingly, she said, “The No. 1 thing I encourage incoming transfers to do is get involved on campus. This can be anything from joining a club to attending an organization’s event. The students and faculty at Adelphi are so kind and welcoming that it makes getting yourself out there a whole lot easier.”

Costa cited her adviser, Associate Professor Margaret Cassidy, Ph.D., as someone who was helpful to her own transition. “It can be stressful when you’re transferring credits,” she said, “but she made it so easy for me to understand and really worked closely with me so I knew which direction I was headed.”

Commencement is nearly a year away, but Costa said she is already thinking about graduate school. “My No. 1 choice would be to return to Massachusetts and attend Boston University.”

 
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