M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education; C.A.S. in Women's and Gender Studies '14
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Why did you choose the Syracuse University School of Education?
Divine intervention - I mean this in all honesty! I was at the point in my intellectual curiosity where I needed a program to allow me to pull out all of the various questions I had in my head, mix it with a passion of mine, and then get a degree! After figuring out those questions I began my research. I came across Cultural Foundations of Education completely by chance (for some reason I was under the impression that Syracuse University did not have what I was interested in). Not only did the School of Education have what I was interested in (the specialization in popular culture), but it literally felt like someone went into my brain and pulled out pretty much everything I had inside! After shedding some tears of joy, I immediately put my feet to the ground and began the process of connecting with faculty and applying to the program.
What else are you involved in on campus or in the community?
I am the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. I am helping to pilot a peer mentoring program for the financial literacy program - "I Otto Know This!" - called "Student-to-Student". I am a facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue high school initiative.
What do you hope to do after you complete your degree at Syracuse University?
I hope to work for a media company in research, marketing, or communications. I intend to attain my PhD as well.
What has been your most memorable class/learning experience in the School of Education?
"Epistemology and the Politics of Knowledge" - the title alone is a mouthful, and the lessons I learned did not fall short. That course continues to be the foundation for how I come to engage with my work. Who creates, legitimizes, and reproduces knowledge? I look forward to continue applying these lessons to the work I do both in the class, in my career, personal relationships, and all community engagement efforts.
What's your favorite spot on campus?
I don't have one particular spot that I would call my "favorite". Besides my school home of Huntington Hall, I have become particular fond of People's Place and the 3rd floor of Bird Library! If Marshall street could count as campus then I would say Chipotle and Cafe' Kubal!
How have you changed during your time at Syracuse University?
To be honest, I became more confused after learning all that I have - but I bask in this. I have realized that I have SO MUCH that intrigues me. The only challenge has been to realize what role I want to play, where, and when. At times it can seem like there is too much to work on, but through personal reflection and humility I am progressing towards my purpose.
What advice would you give to high school students making decisions about where to go to college and what to study?
College is more than just learning about lessons from books, it is about learning about how to apply those lessons for yourself. Research schools, visit schools, and meet students/professors. Look into all ways you can pay for college, but do not be afraid of loans. We've been socialized to envision the large campus, intense school spirit, and big social life as the type of experience that encapsulates college (thanks popular culture), but look beyond that and really think about the type of community you want to be a part of both during your time there and after you graduate. Finally, when you are there, do not waste time wasting time. Be your BEST self in every moment! And don't be afraid - "growth" is not a one-stop process. You'll do it while your there and for the rest of your life. Welcome it, and move towards it!