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Aya Al Juraishi '22

After starting her college journey in her hometown of Los Angeles, Aya knew that she needed a change in scenery and a new experience, that’s when she decided to move to Boston and attend Fisher College.

“I love change. I wanted to experience living across the country on the east coast, and I knew Boston was a special place, the whole city is stunning.”

Aya is a student-athlete for the Fisher College Volleyball Team (@fisher_wvb). Her love for sports started from a very young age, but when she was first introduced to volleyball in High School, she immediately fell in love with it.

“I have been playing Volleyball for 7 years now and I love it. My favorite thing about playing collegiate volleyball is all the amazing memories I get to make with my teammates while traveling, those are my favorite memories, and I won’t change it for the world.”

Aya's dream of pursuing a college degree goes beyond her personal academic and athletic goals and is a source of pride for her family.

"It is very important to my family that I am pursuing a degree and playing volleyball because my family values education very much. I come from a first-generation background, so my parents have always pushed education on my brother and me. My dad came to America from the Middle East and never had the opportunity to go to college, so to him especially this is very important."

Zachary Anderson '23

Meet Zachary Anderson - Sport Management '23. Coming from Florida, moving to Boston was a big change, but he loves the city and it has become his favorite thing about being at Fisher.

"My favorite thing about Fisher College has to be its location. Such a city vibe. The views from Beacon Street dorms are stunning in all four seasons – which we get here! Not to mention, our campus is walking distance from so many historic sites, shopping centers, and other colleges."

In addition to loving the city, he is also enthusiastic and positive about being a falcon and has felt he has grown from his time at Fisher. 

"Personally, my move from Florida to Boston was a core memory for sure. Finally leaving the nest was a huge step for me growth-wise, and helped me find my purpose as a young adult. Boston has treated me very well as my new home. I’ve found my people, new hobbies, close friends, and most importantly myself."

Indeed Zachary has thrown himself Fisher community between playing for the men's basketball team, his job on campus, and his studies. But he always manages to make time for his friends.

"Oh, time management is such a must at college. Managing my time between basketball practice, getting the bag at my job on campus, and my studies is definitely a task. But preplanning every Sunday evening has always served me well: it allows me to pace my week, prioritize my time, and even map out how my weekend will look because rest and relationships are just as important as academics."

Zachary is passionate about being involved on campus and urges all students to do the same.

"I think it’s so essential to make the best of your college experience. Our college years are supposed to be some of the best years of our lives and the time to find ourselves, so why not make the best of it! Each role gives me a new experience where I can learn about Fisher and about myself. Life is too beautiful to second guess. Leaps of faith at this age are essential to growth, finding yourself, finding your people, and your purpose. Walk confidently into new situations when they present themselves and be resilient if they don’t unfold as planned."

Cassondra Wu '22

After attending college in NJ and majoring in Chemistry, Cassondra realized that the passion just wasn’t there. So she made the decision to come back home to Boston and take a semester off. During this time she was exposed to the computer science industry through her father and brother and realized that problem solving and coding is her real passion.

Cassondra has been able to work very closely with her professors and build strong connections because of Fisher’s small size. These connections are what put her on the path to receiving a scholarship which will enable her to attend this year’s Women In Cybersecurity Conference in Denver!

“There is a huge demand for diverse women in the cybersecurity field. So being able to go to Denver, where I will be meeting great leaders in the field and have the opportunity to learn and build connections, is a once in a lifetime experience that I’m so excited for!”

Cassondra hopes to see more prospective students, especially women, who work in cybersecurity. “I was afraid when I switched majors. I didn’t know which path to take for a while, but I’m happy that I’ve opened myself up to new experience and found what fits me best.”

Joel Bailey '22

Joel was born and raised in Cameroon, moved to the U.S. at the age of 14, and after living in Louisiana for 5 years he made the decision to go to college in Boston. All of these experiences have shaped Joel into the person he is today.  "I worked hard to learn English, worked harder to get to school, and I know that working hard is what is going to get me to where I want to be and will help me to fulfill my American dream.”  ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

Joel advises all students to put in the extra effort and try to get the best experience possible by being active and always trying new things! “Getting an education is a privilege. A lot of people cannot attend school for a variety of reasons, that’s why we should all do the best while we can.”