Adrianna Kam '15

Adrianna KamB.S. in Selected Studies in Education (focus on Post-Secondary & Human Services Fields)

Hometown: Manlius, New York

What do you like best about Selected Studies? Why did you choose your focus area?
The Selected Studies in Education program allowed me to choose courses that were related to my field of interest. Ever since high school I knew I wanted to go to college to become a school counselor. This focus area pointed me in the right direction to reaching my dreams of becoming a school counselor.

What are some research, community, and extra-curriculur activities you have participated in while at SU?
During my time at SU I made it mission to get try to get involved with campus as much as possible. While looking back at my time as an undergrad at SU, I would have never guessed that I would have been able to accomplish as much as I did. Throughout all of extra-curricular activities, they have helped me strengthen my leadership skills.
One of my largest accomplishments during my time at SU was winning the Fast Forward Grant and speaking at the Chancellor's Inauguration. In the Selected Studies program, there is a requirement to do a certain amount of hours for your independent study requirement. I chose to do my internship credits at middle schools around the area and work in the school counselor's office since someday I hope to become a school counselor. During my internship, I was saddened to see so many young girls come in with self-confidence issues. I knew that there was so much potential for these young minds, however due to the social construction around gender in our society, it made it difficult for these girls to believe in themselves. Therefore, I started researching more about this on my own time and saw how many young girls lose their self-confidence at a young age and then are discouraged to go out for major leadership positions. The best example I researched was the lack of women in our US government. Being in student government, I teamed up with one of my good friends who was our previous student body president and we found a leadership workshop called "Elect Her" located in Washington DC ran my the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. We decided to bring the program up to SU to empower female students on campus to run for leadership positions. At the workshop we had speakers such as Mayor Stephanie Minor and Councilwoman Jean Kessner. The success of this workshop was phenomenal and many students left feeling empowered to run. This project won the Fast Forward Grant given by the Chancellor, which allowed me to bring back the workshop for a second semester in a row! I have been so blessed for this opportunity and I am honored on how much it has inspired so many females on campus already. I hope to take this workshop and bring it to the local middle schools some day in order to empower them to keep moving forward and redesign what social construction should look like.
Leadership Experience: Education Living Learning Community Resident Advisor for 1 year; Resident Advisor for 2 years; Student Association (Education Assembly Representative and the Board of Elections and Membership Chair Woman); Phi Eta Sigma (Social Media Chair); 2015 Class Act Committee

What are your plans after you graduate?
Hopefully attending graduate school!