One of Joe Strid’s main objectives on campus is promoting first year student success. The Bristol, CT, native can usually be found in the working as an assistant in the Office of First Year Students, which he says is his favorite place on campus. As an Open House Associate, Joe is one of the first contacts potential students and their families have to the campus. He is vital to the Open House experience, whether it’s answering parents’ questions or explaining the admissions process to the students.
As a Peer Advisor, Joe directly influences his advisees and guides them towards success. As he shares with them tips and strategies for personal growth, Joe has come into his own as a leader, cultivating skills such as time management, communication, assertiveness, and active listening. As part of the Recruitment Team he identifies and engages potential new PAs in order to encourage them to apply. Joe’s ability as a mentor contributed to his being selected as a member of the Steering Committee for Peer Advising for this year, where he mentors his fellow PAs as they grow into their roles.
Becoming an Orientation Group Leader was another opportunity for Joe to help incoming students build a strong foundation for their college careers even before classes start. In this role, he acts as a resource for the students and their families, and helps them become familiar with the campus and its expectations.
Majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology, Joe has been named to the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and enjoyed the benefits of having an alumni mentor through the Sophomore Connections program. He has also been involved with the Class of 2018 as a Junior Representative, which offered him a unique experience in event planning and logistics.
When not studying, Joe can be found winning intramural championships in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. His hobbies range from teaching himself to play the guitar to going on extreme adventures including snorkeling and skydiving. One of his newfound interests is traveling, thanks to a recent Study Abroad trip to Sorrento, Italy, which he says altered his entire outlook on life.
After graduation, Joe plans to pursue a master’s degree in higher education and to hopefully backpack across Europe someday.