Jeana Bosco

My name is Jeana Bosco, I am a junior at Marist and I am a fashion merchandising major. I am interning BCBG Maxazria in the wholesale sales department. A fun fact is that I studied abroad last semester in Florence.


Jamie Bracci

My name is Jamie Bracci, I’m 21 years old and a junior at Marist College. I’m a communications major with a concentration in advertising. At Marist I’m involved in the Advertising Club, Heart1, Campus Ministry and RHC. I am from Rockaway Beach, New York and my favorite place to be is the beach. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in three different states; New York, Arizona and Florida, my favorite being New York. For the Spring semester I will be interning at DeVries Public Relations working on the Olay team.

Amy Kauffman

My name is Amy Kauffman and I am a junior from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. I am studying through the Marist in Manhattan program to get some work experience in my career field. I am majoring in Broadcasting and Photojournalism and I am currently a Production/Producing intern with Live! with Kelly and Michael and The Dr. Oz Show.
My first week was crazy but exciting! At Live!, I had a chance to pull news stories, log comments from the show, greet the special guests and interact with the audience. I also had the opportunity to be in the studio when ABC found out about the ferry crash. Our camera crews were on the scene less than ten minutes after it happened. I am so happy that I had a chance to watch how quickly everything was prepared and put over the air. At The Dr. Oz Show, I had the opportunity to help one of the producers prepare a segment for next week by making phone calls, doing research and statistics and helping to write the script. I love that every day is a different experience and I am so happy to have this opportunity!
I was really nervous at first to come into the program with not knowing anyone or my way around the city, but I absolutely love it and I am so happy to have this opportunity through Marist. Sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone and experience something new in order to figure out who you are and where you are meant to be.

Robert King

I am currently a junior at Marist with a major in Sports Communication and a minor in Business.  On campus, I work as a supervisor for the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and co-host a two-hour sports talk radio show each week on WMAR, Marist’s online radio affiliate. In addition, I served as one of four interns in the Center for Sports Communication  for the Fall 2012 semester. This past summer I was a Public Relations Intern for Lifetime Brands in Garden City, New York. During the Spring semester during which I will be participating in the Marist in Manhattan Internship Program, I will be working with the Brooklyn Nets as an intern in their PR department.  I am on track to graduate Spring 2014 and I hope to land a job as a sports broadcaster, writer or PR rep. I am from Wantagh, New York.

Jessica Santalesa

My name is Jessica Santalesa and I am a junior at Marist College majoring in communications with a concentration in television and film. I’m from a small town in Connecticut, but cannot get enough of the Big Apple! This semester I decided to intern at The Rachael Ray Show as a production and audience intern. I am absolutely loving my internship so far! Being able to observe and assist media professionals that I aspire to be like is such a great experience. Of course being able to try some of the food made on the show isn’t too bad either!

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Betsey Johnson Visits the 92Y!

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Being a fashion student, I was thrilled to see that Betsey Johnson was coming to speak at the 92Y. I got tickets, which through the Y are actually discounted and totally affordable. All I had to do was go down the elevator to the first floor and boom, I was sitting in the audience waiting to see Betsey Johnson, one of the largest fashion designers in history. The set-up of the talk was as an interview between Fern Malis and Betsey. It was such a light hearted back and forth conversation. They discussed her life and how she got to where she is today. Betsey Johnson, being 70, has the energy and spunk of a 5 year old. I was shocked to see, in person, just how much kick she really does have left in her. Her dedication to fashion and commitment to her personal style is very inspiring to me. This, and her drive to work hard, were the two major lessons I took away from the interview. 

Next month, I’m going to see Vera Wang!

To the Theater!


Within our first week here we got the opportunity to go to a musical! It was called Once. We all met at the Jacobs theater near Times Square and sat down for a wonderful night at the theater. The musical itself was based around a love story and the two main character’s passions for music. I loved all the songs they played and the humor they incorporated into their dialogues and plot. Rather than some of the other musicals that I have seen that were very dramatic and romantic, this was very realistic and relatable. I think we all really enjoyed it!

I was also loved the interior structure and decor of the theater itself. It was so beautiful!

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Movin’ in and Rollin’ Out!

Hey guys! My name is Leah. I am from Windsor, Connecticut and am a senior studying Fashion Merchandising, with a business and product development minor, at Marist College. I will be maintaining this blog over the course of my semester while doing the Marist in Manhattan program here in New York City! So far, the city has not ceased to amaze me. While I have interned here (commuting from Poughkeepsie) and have made various visits, living here is quite a different experience. I am going to begin by giving you a sneak peak into my move in and first day here.

All packed!!

Making the trek from CT was slightly overwhelming. Being a girl with way too many shoes and an overpacking problem did not help my nerves. However, I packed minimally, consolidated my bags and boxes, and packed up the car with my parents to make the drive to the big city. When I got here it was so much easier and smoother than I had ever anticipated. There were carts available right in the lobby for us to move stuff up to our room with, and the check in process to receive my ID card was very easy as well. Everyone was super nice and helpful, which helped me feel much more comfortable. Once my room was settled, I walked around with my parents a bit and explored the area. We walked down to 86th street (not far, just a short walk) and found tons of familiar sites including H&M, Staples, Best Buy, and Panera Bread. This again, made me feel even more at home.

There are 11 of us in the Marist in Manhattan program, including myself. Over the course of the semester you will also be hearing from them and how their experience are going in the city as well. On the first day we all gathered for orientation and then went out into the city. We did some exploring of the subways and then hit Times Square to be tourists for the day. We went to Madame Tussads Wax Museum which was quite an interesting experience. Seeing all these famous people and historical figures as wax statues was something unimaginable. After this we went to Carmines and stuffed ourselves on their amazing food and HUGE portions. We sat around the table and talked and got to know each other. To end our day we also went on a bus tour of the city. This was soo much fun and very entertaining. However, I am keeping these details secret just in case any of you decide to take part in this bus ride. I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

My view on the first night!

The view from my room the first night!

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Just hangin’ with Leo!

Bowling Break


As we stress, drink at least three caffe latte’s from Starbucks, and pray to see life after finals week, our wonderful coordinators of Marist in Manhattan thought we could relieve some stress off bowling! We all gathered at the fancy Bowlmor in NYC to take a load off and enjoy good food and a great laugh. I arrived a little late to the scene but once I got there I couldn’t wait to take off my shoes and kick some butt in bowling.


Until Next Time,

In The Midst Of It All

Talk about nightmare in New York City. Devastation swept across the city that never
sleeps after millions of residents were left to clean up the damage “Superstorm
Sandy” left behind. During the night of
the storm I slept peacefully on the Upper East Side as slight wind and rain
tapped my window. The next morning to my
surprise NY appeared to be a war zone in which Sandy went ramped and tore the
entire city apart.

Sandy has claimed at least 37 lives in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters of CNN earlier today.

Lauren Abraham, 23, was killed Monday outside her Jamaica, Queens, home in New York when she stepped on a downed electrical line in a puddle, police said.

The body of 13-year-old Andrea Dresch was pulled from the debris of a house in New York’s Staten Island that was swallowed by a tidal surge when Sandy swept ashore.

In the Staten Island neighborhood of Great Hills, John Filipowicz, 51, and his 20-year-old son John were found dead after being buried under debris in the basement of their home after it was swamped by the storm surge.


After a promise made by Obama that the federal government “will not quit”, communities all over New York continue to seek help in restoring and rebuilding after the damage of Sandy.

“We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy,” Obama said. “And I’ve instituted a 15-minute rule, essentially, on my team. You return everybody’s phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it’s the mayor’s, the governor’s, county officials’.”

Not only was Manhattan effected from Sassy Sandy but residents in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens witnessed extreme damage as well when over 80 homes were lost due to a large blaze after an electric line caught fire ashore. After leaving millions of people without electricity, tons of trees and electrical cords covering the sidewalks and streets, taking the lives of more than 30 people, the city was left desolate and hopeless.

(All images are via NY Daily News and Google. Information provided by CNN.)

Needless to say, the 900-mile-wide monster came with more than a roar Monday night as she swept and destroyed the city of New York. Fortunate enough, I as well as the other kiddos of MIM were safe during the night of the storm. However, my heart yearns for the victims of this tragic disaster. As I left my residence for the first time in two days, the city appeared to be recovering. The roads were dense, full of cars and taxis trying to restore their daily lives. The sidewalks were filled with little kids dressed in their Halloween costumes trying to keep spirits high despite the aftermath of the storm. For now, the city will continue to mend and repair what they call home. In the future, this mother-nature destruction will grow as a threat to the killer weather ahead of us.

In Good Health,


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