When Jonathan Lozoskie chose Alvernia for its relative small size, he never imagined the hugeness of his eventual college experience. During his time at Alvernia, he has been an academic standout in the school’s five-year Master of Science and Occupational Therapy program, and has been an integral part of Alvernia’s lacrosse team. He also acted as a role model for incoming students as a head orientation leader and counseled freshmen as a peer mentor.
“I think college is the time for you to really find out who you are as an individual, and the best way to do that is to get involved around campus,” Lozoskie says. “I am very happy with my college choice because of all of the friends and different connections I have made here,” he says.
Making for a smooth transition
Lozoskie looks fondly upon the first few days that kicked off his college career. “I had a really great experience during my orientation weekend,” he says. To help make other incoming students feel just as welcomed and enthusiastic about the transformative four to five years that lie ahead, Lozoskie acts as head orientation leader. “I really just want to show incoming students how welcoming Alvernia is and introduce them to all that the university has to offer,” he says.
Once incoming students settle in, Lozoskie continues to guide them as a peer mentor. “I help freshmen with any problems that may arise in their classes or just with their transition during the first semester,” he says.
Another factor that made Lozoskie’s transition to Alvernia so smooth was his position on Alverania’s lacrosse team. “I believe moving from high school to college was so much easier because of lacrosse; I met new people who eventually became not only my teammates, but my good friends,” he says. “Plus, playing lacrosse at Alvernia has given me a lot of skills I will be able to use when I graduate — determination, hard work, communication, teamwork and leadership.”
Hands-on career training
Off the lacrosse field and in the classroom, Lozoskie has benefited from Alvernia’s small class size and hands-on opportunities in his chosen career of occupational therapy. “The OT curriculum has built-in fieldwork experiences that allow students to observe professional occupational therapists for two semesters during our junior year and then treat patients for 24 weeks during our senior year,” Lozoskie says. “All of these experiences have helped train me for my ultimate goal: to work as a traveling occupational therapist, either within the United States or abroad.”
Lozoskie’s advice for the undergraduate students he welcomes and mentors: “Try everything at Alvernia. You never know who you may meet or the experiences you may have.”
— Elizabeth Shimer Bowers