Morristown, N.J. (January 2, 2018) – For most students, the CSE community becomes their on-campus family for four years. But, for others, it's an extension of home.
Siblings have always been known to follow each other to CSE. This fall several of those sibling combinations are brothers and sisters, thanks to the college going fully coed last year. Some of our on-campus family members include: George and Alyssa Vega, Kathleen and Thomas Schnell, Linda and Gabriela Barria and Daniel and Alex Mullavelil.
"Having a member of my family on campus makes me less homesick," says freshman sport management major, George Vega. His sister Alyssa, a sophomore biology major, has helped ease the transition into college. However, it's actually both sibling's first year at CSE. Alyssa transferred from Immaculata University and George just graduated from Roselle Catholic High School.
"We like it here a lot," says Alyssa. "We've made a lot of new friends and like all of our classes."
Kathleen, '21, and Thomas Schnell, '19, are also enjoying their spending their first year at CSE together.
"We get to make a lot of memories with each other that will last a lifetime," says Kathleen, a recent graduate of South Amboy High School and a member of CSE's tennis team. Her older brother Thomas, who is studying communication in hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster, has an NJ STARS scholarship and loved the idea of attending college with his sister.
"We still fight all the time," laughs Thomas. "But it really is a lot of fun and it's been a smooth transition for me."
Sister pairing, Linda and Gabriela Barria, echo the sentiments of the Schnell siblings. They love CSE's close-knit atmosphere and feel comforted by the presence of their siblings on campus.
"It's really nice to have my sister close by," explains Gabriela. She's in her final year of earning a master's in management degree while younger sister Linda, '21, is majoring in criminal justice and intent on being accepted to law school after graduation.
"I like attending the same college as my sister," says Linda, who just graduated from New Brunswick High School. "Even if she keeps too close of an eye on me!"
While the Vegas, Schnells and Barrias like attending the same school as their siblings for emotional reasons, the Mullavelil's have a more practical one.
"It's nice having someone to commute to school with," says Daniel, '20, biochemistry major. He and sibling, Alex, '21, who is majoring in math, were attracted to CSE because their father works on campus. However, they soon fell in love with the environment of the College.
"It's a great school because you're able to get to know everyone on campus," says Daniel.
Whether you're literal family, like the Vegas, Schnells, Barrias and Mullavellis, or figurative family like our current students and alumni, everyone is welcome at CSE!