Saying Hello to Marist Stories

“Look who we got to know, by just saying hello…”

The Circle’s new Instagram account @mariststories, launched just over a week ago on Oct. 23, has become a campus sensation. Inspired by the simple want to get to know the many faces around campus, the editorial team has set off with camera in one hand and a list of questions in the other, converting strangers into friends.

Freshmen Florence Exchange alumni Adler Papiernik and Kerry Tiedemann alongside The Circle’s Managing Editor Gabriella Gamba have spearheaded the editorial initiative, already contributing 15 posts. With 643 followers and averaging about 85 likes a photo, the account is attractive in it’s ability to target the tales of not only students, but Marist faculty and staff as well. The team does not post on any set day, however, Fridays are set aside for #FoxFriday features. #FoxFriday posts will typically include a blast of familiar faces from sports teams and campus clubs. This past Friday, Nov. 4 five members from the Marist Football team made their debut on the gram.

In case you missed out, here’s a peak at some of the more popular posts:


Name: Mike Maccarone
From: Gibbstown, New Jersey
Year: Senior
Major: Business Finance

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this right now?
A: Probably watching tv… I’d be watching football of course.

Q: What do you worry about and why?
A: I worry about not doing my best. I always like to do my best in whatever I do.

Q: What would you tell your freshman year self today?
A: It’s gonna go by quickly. I would definitely tell myself to cherish every moment.

Q: If you weren’t going to pursue a career in your major, what would be your dream job?
A: I’d like to be an actor. I feel like that would be a fun job cause I’d just get to have fun, be on camera and be famous.


Names: Samuel Nast, James Casali, and Steve Szoldatits.
Samuel: Sherman, Connecticut
James: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Steve: The Bronx (but not the bad part)

Class years: All sophomores

Samuel: Marketing Major with a Minor in PR and Psychology
James: Comm
Steve: Sports

Q: Ideal unrealistic dream job?
A: Samuel – “Circus ring master and owner.” James – “Vietnamese yacht designer.”
Steve – “A whaler, cause I work on fisher boats.”

Q: As friends, what are three things on your bucket list?:
A: Steve – “Going to Sweden and marrying women there. After we graduate college, James’s dad said we should go to Norway or Sweden and bring enough money for a plane ticket back for a girl and walk into a bar and say “Who wants to get married and come back to the United States?”
Sam – “A brief period of owning a bar together. We don’t want it to be a permanent thing, but maybe like 8 months of owning a bar. I’d be fun.”
James – “I think one of us needs to accidentally marry someone.”

Q: Best or worst stage in your life?
A: Samuel – “I’ll just go for weirdest. I was a drag queen for a little bit. I’m totally over it now, but it was really fun while it lasted. Being a straight drag queen is definitely an experience.”
James – “During boarding school, they sent me to the wilderness for like therapy. It was 8 weeks in the woods. No cell phone, no electronics… It was bad. And then they didn’t even let me back into the school!”
Steve – “The best was meeting these guys definitely.  Besides them, I also was like 14 when I started working on fishing boats, and everyone else was like 30, 40, and 50! Being around them kinda made me grow up.  And then I was going into my freshman year of high school and thought ‘Wow, these kids are like really young.’ Now I have friends that are like older than my parents and I go to their house and we just chill.



Suzanne Rizzo at the Hancock Starbucks. Courtesy of Adler Papernick and Kerry Tiedman

Name: Suzanne Rizzo
From: Millbrook, New York
Job title: Barista for Sodexo
Number of years at Marist: 8

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this right now?
A: I probably would be retired with my husband and traveling. This past summer I went to six countries in Europe and I would like now to go to Southeast Asia. My kids have been there and now I want to go. I want to go to Vietnam and Cambodia and Burma, Laos, and Thailand.

Q: Looking back on your time at Marist, what’s something you will never forget:
A: The first experience I had that anything [bad] happened, there was a young girl over in Dyson when I was working over there that had a seizure. And I was the only one there who was “in charge.” It was a situation where I surprised myself because I’ve never been in a situation like that before. Normally I would think that in a crisis like that I would just fall apart and not be able to handle it, but I surprised myself and really took charge.
Q: What advice would you give to your past self?
A: Whenever you get a kind of an idea or desire to do something, follow through with it. It’s just that ‘what-if?’ I never wanted to look back and say ‘I should’ve done this.’ I wish that I had finished college. I went to college then left and got married and had kids and then I went back and it was really difficult. I’m only one year away from graduating from here with a teaching degree. But no one is gonna hire someone that is almost 60 as a teacher. The bad thing about it is that I never got my Bachelor’s Degree. But the good thing about it is that my kids saw how hard it was to try to do both.
Q: What do you worry about and why?
A: I’m worried about when my kids are gonna get married and have kids (laughs) and I’m also worried that my husband will never see his grandchildren or walk my daughters down the aisle. I worry about my family and I worry about my husband. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, so I’m worried about that.



The team may be contacted on Instagram via @mariststoies, or email at mariststories@gmail.com

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