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Conrad Paganini

Conrad Paganini headshotMajors: Public Health & Prevention Science and Spanish

Favorite Quote: "Don't wait until tomorrow to do something you can do today."

Biggest mistake as a first-year student? What did you learn? During my first year at BW, I definitely made the mistake of first being under-involved, and then over-involved. I definitely encourage incoming students to find one or two organizations to get involved with but no more than that. Use your first semesters to gauge what you can handle.

How did you choose your major? Coming into my first year, I knew that I wanted a career in healthcare, and the field of Public Health has been growing astronomically. As a result, the demand for those practicing Public Health is also increasing. When looking for schools with Public Health programs, I learned that BW's program was very reputable, and also one of few in the state. That being said, I was looking forward to the rigorous coursework and connections that I would make! I was additionally pleasantly surprised by the amount of in-class fieldwork available.

What has been your best experience at BW? Even to this day, my favorite experiences at BW were Summer Orientation and Week of Welcome! These weeks are full of both important information, but also a lot of fun! A lot of the people that I met at my orientation session are still really good friends with me to this day! We all encourage you to meet people and get familiar with our campus.

Favorite spot on campus? The CIG (Center for Innovation and Growth) is a great place to study, relax in the atrium, and grab some Starbucks!

What is one thing you want the incoming students to know as they get ready for their summer orientation experience? Make sure you have everything that you need to spend the night (and maybe only pack for one night). You'll be busy all day meeting new people and learning about Baldwin Wallace that you won't be spending much time in your room anyways. I would also recommend reaching out to your roommate prior to the start of school. This way you can start to get to know them and make sure you both aren't bringing the same things/furniture. Additionally, don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! You are not the only one that is going away from home for the first time! All of us have been in your shoes and are ready to answer any questions you have.

What is one major piece of advice you would give new incoming students to help them succeed in their first year at BW? Build a relationship with your advisor(s). They are there to guide you through your academic programs as well navigating you through any problems that you may have while you are at BW. The more you show your face, the better relationship you will have!