Meet Jimmy Riley

Jimmy Riley

What was your favorite part of your New Student Orientation (NSO) experience?

The small-group time was fun. I enjoyed getting to know the people in my group, but I think my favorite part was the free time we had during the evening. We were able to explore campus while also getting to know our future classmates. The people that I was hanging out with at orientation have become some of my best friends at Saint Joe’s.

Your NSO experience was back in 2012. What of the event has stayed with you?

I received a nickname. In my small group, we were going around and introducing ourselves, and when I said my name was Jimmy, my orientation leader stopped me and said that my new nickname was Jimbo. This may not seem significant, but Jimbo is what my dad has called me for as long as I can remember. I thought it was awesome that I hadn’t even been on campus for an hour and my lifelong nickname had already caught up to me and I didn’t even mention it! Needless to say, I am still referred to as Jimbo everywhere I go on campus!

Do you have any advice for students about to attend their own NSO?

Be open to the opportunity. Everyone at NSO is in the same position as you—most of you will be nervous. (I know I was!) Try to put that aside and get out of your comfort zone. Talk to your future classmates, explore and learn about the College, and, most importantly, have as much fun as you possibly can. It is your first Saint Joseph’s experience, and you want it to become a positive memory. Remember: A first impression is a lasting impression. Make it a good one.

How did NSO prepare you to be an SJC student?

I learned a lot about the College at orientation. This includes academics, athletics, the food, and, most importantly, campus life. You really get a feel for what it is like to be a student here. I remember playing trivia during orientation and wondering what else the Student Activities office had to offer. Morgan Rocheleau, director of Student Activities, told us earlier in the day that his office sponsors all of the “fun” events on campus. When searching for a work-study job later on that summer, I found a job opening in his office. Knowing what he said about what they do and how they operate, I applied and was hired. Because of the experience and knowledge I gained during orientation, I jumped right into my career here at Saint Joseph’s and have been involved with several parts of campus since day one.

What do you have to say to incoming freshmen?

Jump in with both feet the minute you get here. Join a club or two. Run for a Class office position. Get a job on campus. Do something! Your experience at SJC can be all that you want it to be. In the next four years, you will grow into the person that you will be for the rest of your life. Embrace the opportunities that you have, and make the most of your time here because it will fly by.

: Business Marketing
: Sports Management
On-Campus Activities:

President of the Men’s Club Ice Hockey Team
Vice President of the Class of 2016
Member of the Sports Management Student Association
Board Member for the Future Alumni of the Monks
Event Organization and Management Staff, Student Activities