My name is Michael Hablenko, and as some of you may know, I was a senior at Marist last year and a Resident Assistant in Leo, one of our freshman residence halls. One part of the responsibility of being a Resident Assistant is to host events and build a sense of community for the students on your floor. Last December, I brought an idea to my floor of 26 male freshman to make a Christmas music video. It was exciting to see everyone so enthusiastic about getting involved and it turned out to be a great success. We filmed on the Wednesday before finals week, a well needed break from studying and class projects. Our lip sync cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” received very positive reception from the Marist community and almost instantly received over 100,000 views.
As an update, The students involved are all current sophomores at Marist and have remained a great group of young gentlemen. I have since graduated as a part of the Class of 2015 and was offered a job at Marist! I am currently an Admission Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and it has been a thrill to work with prospective students and their families, helping to achieve their goals and dreams of higher education. My experience at Marist was truly the best four years of my life as a student. I am lucky and feel honored to be able to continue my time there as an employee. On behalf of the Admission Office, I would like to congratulate all those accepted into the Marist Class of 2020, and want to wish everyone in the Marist family a happy holiday season!