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Adrienne Boykin, GSB '09

Adrienne Boykin is a 2009 alumna of Fordham's Gabelli School of Business.

Adrienne Boykin wanted to go to college in New York City, but when she came to Fordham College at Rose Hill, she felt like she had stepped outside of the city.

"I was pleasantly surprised," she says, referring to the Rose Hill campus with its communal features such as Edwards Parade. "I was thinking that it was going to be more citylike, and it's actually not. It's comforting, it brings students together."

The warmth and accessibility of Fordham were apparent to her from the beginning, when, as a prospective student, she viewed the personable messages and thorough listing of academic offerings on the Fordham website. She has found the professors friendly and welcoming. "That makes a huge impact on your education," she says while noting she also formed lasting bonds with many of her former professors.

Today, Boykin looks back on a panoply of rich experiences and learning opportunities that sprouted from her decision to attend Fordham.

The University presented plenty of chances to build her leadership and communication skills, and Boykin seized them. She participated in three honors societies, the alumni networking program and the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program.

She represented Fordham and the Gabelli School of Business at two academic conferences on corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. She spent her junior year and part of her senior year interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"There were times when it was difficult to manage time; however, I think it helped me mature and learn responsibility," says Boykin, a native of Middletown, N.Y.

She still values the theology and philosophy taught at Fordham, and says it gave her a framework for appreciating other viewpoints, religious or otherwise.

"I think being able to understand different cultures and religions and frames of reference is extremely important when you're going out into the real world," she says. "In taking these classes, I think I've obtained these values, and will be able to use them."

Her education would not have been possible without the financial help she received from Fordham, which included a John Lafarge Fellows scholarship.

"That, on top of grants from the business school, really, really helped me, and basically was the determining factor on whether I could stay at Fordham or not," she says. "If I didn't have that financial aid, I wouldn't have been able to attend Fordham."


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