As Fordham students anxiously await any spring weekend news one collegiate on campus has been planning for months for the big event. Gina Meltzer, president of Campus Activity Board, has worked her way up to hold the top CAB spot for her senior year. The Bronx native is seen around campus not only at CAB events, but also at most sports games with her job at the sports information office. Gina found time in her busy schedule to sit down with Her Campus and answer a few questions.
Where are you from? I am from the Bronx, about 10 minutes away from Fordham actually.
What year are you? FCRH 2013.
What is your major? I major in Economics and minor in Business Administration.
What activities are you involved in? How did you become involved? I am President of the Campus Activities Board. I joined CAB my sophomore year as a general board member, and I loved it so much that I wanted to more actively involved in it. Junior year, I became the Special Events co-chair of the Executive Board planning Family Weekend 2011 and the Friday night DJ event of Spring Weekend 2012. This past year, I was elected President. Additionally, I work in the Sports information office on campus and work at sports games.
How did you decide to come to Fordham? I knew that I wanted to go to school in New York City, and Fordham gave me the opportunity to do so. My older brother attended Fordham as well, and he absolutely loved it. After I visited numerous times, I knew that Fordham was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life, and since being here, I have loved every minute.
Do you have any tips for students who are trying to balance schoolwork, extracurriculars, and other obligations like internships? My advice to students who are trying to balance a number of things is to just practice their time management skills. For the past two years, I have been juggling internships, a job on campus, a heavy course load, and executive board positions on CAB. The most important thing that has allowed me to remain on top of everything and to also enjoy my time has been my time management skills, as well as my organizational skills. I know what I have to do each day, when I have to attend meetings/class/ etc, and I manage my time effectively.
What’s your favorite thing about New York? I love the atmosphere of New York. I am never bored as there is always something that I can go do. There are so many opportunities that the city provides, which is why I love it as much as I do.
What’s your least favorite thing about New York? I sometimes really dislike the craziness and the business of the city. Sometimes, it is nice just to take a step back away from it all. Other than that, however, I love everything about New York and all that it has to offer.
What is your favorite thing about Fordham? My favorite thing about Fordham is the people. Throughout my past four years, I have met tons of incredible and amazing people. Students and professors at Fordham are committed to learning and achieving the most that they are capable of.
Who is your favorite professor at Fordham? One of my favorite professors at Fordham is Professor Themeli. I have taken him for Ethics and Economics, Law and Economics, and Money and Banking. He provides a unique perspective on each topic and he knows how to keep a class focused and engaged.
What was your favorite class at Fordham? My favorite class at Fordham was my Ethics and Economics class. It provided a unique perspective on issues that I was previously taught in other economics classes, and provided me the opportunity to look at the ethical standpoint of various issues.
What was your least favorite class at Fordham? My least favorite class at Fordham has been the Chemistry of Art, mostly because I am not the biggest fan of chemistry. I had to take the class as my science requirement my sophomore year.
What do you think the best part of a Jesuit education is? The best part about a Jesuit education is that you are provided with an opportunity that encourages a great desire to learn and to reach excellence. There is also an opportunity to study ethical issues and to volunteer and to contribute their time and talent towards helping others. [pagebreak]
What is your dream job? I am not quite sure what my dream job is. However, I do know that I want to remain in New York City after graduation and
What’s on your NYC bucket list? Despite having lived in New York all of my life, I have not yet been to the Statue of Liberty so that is definitely one thing on my bucket list. Another thing would have to be attending a World Championship game at Yankee Stadium if the Yankees make it to the Championship. I am a huge Yankees fan and have attended countless games in my life, but never a World Championship game.
What’s one thing everyone would be surprised to learn about you? One thing that people would be surprised to learn about me is that I am slightly color blind. It is very rare for females to be colorblind, and everytime I tell someone that I am, they are completely shocked.
If you could give one piece of advice to a Fordham collegiette, what would it be? My advice to a Fordham collegiette would be to work hard, remain focused, but also enjoy every single minute that you have here at Fordham because it goes by in a flash. It feels like just yesterday that I moved all of my things into Hughes Hall, and now I am only months away from graduating and going out into the real world.
Bronx Zoo or Botanical Gardens? Bronx Zoo
Arthur Ave/Fordham Road? Arthur Ave.
Cafeteria or Grille? Grille
Conway or Dr. Jay’s? Conway
RamVan or Subway? RamVan
Met or MoMA? Met
Hot Dog or Bagel? Bagel
Broadway or Off-Broadway? Broadway
Radio City or Madison Square Garden? Madison Square Garden
Central Park or Brooklyn Bridge? Central Park