Eddie Maffia ’21
He committed as soon as he received his acceptance letter.
Major: Media & Strategic Communication – Digital Media and Production Concentration
Hometown: New Rochelle, N.Y.
High School: New Rochelle High School
Some Ways I Participated at Iona:
- RA in North Ave Residence Hall
- Gael Guide
- Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
- Student Government Association
- Vice President of WICR (Iona College Radio Club)
Why did you choose Iona?
My dad had gone to Iona and we lived in New Rochelle, so I always knew about Iona. Out of all of the colleges in the lower NY and Westchester area, it became very clear to me that Iona presented the greatest amount of opportunity because of the impressive course curriculum and the multiple extra-curricular clubs and activities to choose from. I committed as soon as I received my acceptance letter.
Why did you choose your major?
I’ve always been interested in the art of filmmaking and documentaries, as well as journalism. At Iona, I saw that studying news reporting and broadcast journalism could bring my interests together. Iona has one of the best media and communications programs in the country, and I’m fortunate enough to be working and learning under very talented people who have been very successful in their fields.
What have you accomplished so far that you’re most proud of?
Since starting at Iona, one of the accomplishments I’m most proud of was being selected as a Resident Assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year. I had commuted my first two years at Iona and found that I was spending a great deal of time there, so it made sense for me to apply for this position. I’m extremely grateful for the relationships I’ve made as an RA and for the opportunity I’ve had to give back to my community.
Tell us something you learned about yourself since coming to Iona:
I made it a priority to get involved in multiple areas of campus life, but it’s important to not stretch yourself too thin and to not make your life harder than it needs to be. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say ‘no.’
What are you looking forward to in the future?
I will take advantage of and savor every moment I have left at Iona and will make the most of what senior year has to offer. After that, I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learned in college in a professional environment and having a successful career in the media field. I also look forward to seeing where my fellow members of the Class of 2021 end up and seeing all the great things they will accomplish in life.
Advice to prospective students:
One piece of advice I always give to prospective students is to keep an open mind -- weigh all your options and think about all possibilities when deciding on what college to attend. After that though, my advice would be to get involved. Find clubs and organizations you enjoy and can see yourself making friends in. Taking advantage of every opportunity college has to offer will help to give you a well-rounded and fulfilling college experience, and you will make memories that you will take with you forever.