What Great Minds Can Do: Meet Seton Hall University Leader Dominique Fortes

She is a 2013 Graduate of Parsippany High School

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University
Dominique Ann Fortes

PARSIPPANY — Dominique Fortes graduates from Seton Hall University with an enviable task: choosing between a job offer from Ernst & Young, attending the University of Oxford, or accepting a Fulbright award. “I never imagined I would have all these opportunities. I am feeling blessed because if I hadn’t come to Seton Hall, I most certainly wouldn’t be in the position I am in now.”

She is a 2013 Graduate of Parsippany High School.

Dominique packed many valuable experiences into her student years, which helped her develop both personally and professionally. Through five internships, she gained important career training. “I practically lived at the Career Center, I knew everyone there. They helped me so much — from writing my resume, to getting my first internship as a freshman, to helping me land the job offer from Ernst & Young.”

She got involved in campus activities early on, too, beginning to write for Seton Hall’s business publication, The Stillman Exchange, while still a freshman and eventually working her way up to executive editor. “The Stillman Exchange experience was one of my favorites. I didn’t just learn to be a better writer; I also learned to negotiate, manage a budget, and do more than a typical accounting student would. It’s also why I got my internship at CNBC.”

Spending a summer studying in Beijing was yet another highlight of Dominique’s time at Seton Hall. “It’s hard to decide what I loved most, but my Study Abroad program is definitely on the list. It helped me improve my Mandarin, and I also got to have great experiences and share them with my friends.”

Dominique got the uncommon opportunity to compete throughout the Northeast as a member of Seton Hall’s Ethics Bowl team, where she developed her reasoning and public speaking skills. What she liked best about deliberating ethical issues with students from other schools was how it “helped me explore current issues and develop my critical thinking as well as my sense of morality. The Ethics Bowl actually helped me get some of my internships, because employers were impressed by this dimension of my development.”

“I love that Seton Hall is so caring and diverse. In my classes, we sometimes discuss controversial issues; everyone has different ideas and opinions, but I like that we share our ideas in a very respectful way. Seton Hall teaches us to understand that people have different viewpoints and this makes it easier for us to be more accepting of others’ ideas.

“Seton Hall has made me more confident and ready for the future. I owe so much to the faculty. They have been so impactful and really pushed me to do my best and excel.”

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One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 93-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received 24 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. In the past five years, the University has invested more than $150 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. A founding member of the Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams.<

The University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, and is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. The University’s new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. will open in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus will house Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

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