Calling all Fairfield University students: summer is fast approaching! With most of the COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, Fairfield University students are ecstatic to return to some summer fun and normalcy. I caught up with a few Fairfield students who were happy to share some of their summer plans.
Some Fairfield Stags are staying involved in campus life this summer, even from 3,000 miles away. Students Lily Becker ‘23 and Kayla Amelung ‘23 are participating in the summer study abroad program at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) from May 15 to June 2. I caught up with the two juniors and what they planned to do for the rest of their summer.
Becker is excited for the summer to begin, saying, “I’m still waiting to hear from different internship programs for the summer, so my plans are not set in stone. However, I will be starting my summer vacation in Florence, Italy for a three week study abroad session. I hope to eat a lot of yummy foods and make lots of memories. When I return, I plan to be a waitress at the restaurant I worked at last year. Any free weekends or days I have will be spent at the beach!”
Amelung explains, “I plan to spend the beginning of my summer in Italy. I will be taking a course for credits and exploring. Once I come back I will be working at my family restaurant on the weekends when I am not interning. I will be spending the majority of my summer at the pool or down the shore with my friends and family.”
I caught up with Chloe Balikian ‘23 who is currently studying abroad in Italy also at FUA. Chloe is taking part in a semester-long internship program while abroad. She is ecstatic about returning for her senior year this fall, but cannot wait for the summer. Balikian says, “I’m looking forward to spending time with my friends during the summer, finishing my internship abroad and traveling!”
The majority of upperclassmen are focused on internships and jobs as the end of college draws near. I spoke with Michael Pagliaro ‘22 who will be relocating after his time at Fairfield comes to a close. Pagliaro says, “As graduation nears closer and closer, I am looking forward to this summer as I will be moving to New York City to start my career at Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG).”
I also had the pleasure of discussing summer plans with Melisa Dauti ‘23. She details her next few months, saying, “My summer mostly will be working at my family restaurant and internship. Hopefully, I’ll get to travel overseas and see my family in Albania. I also plan on spending a lot of time at the beach with my friends.”
While many upperclassmen are focusing on internships and coursework, first-years have some time to explore their options. First-years such as John Hatchadourian ‘25 are looking to find a steady income for the summer while still having fun.
Hatchadourian says, “This summer I plan to make the most out of my time away from school. I plan to work at Lifetime Fitness as a lifeguard. I am also planning to spend my time away from home on vacations in Michigan, Florida, Turks and Caicos, the Caribbean and the Jersey Shore.”
While we will miss our campus, Fairfield students seem to have no worries about enjoying their summer break.