Hometown: Waterport, NY
Program: MPA, Nonprofit Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: Psychology, The College at Brockport
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Current Occupation: Administrative Volunteer for Project Life, War Orphans Rehabilitation Program
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
I chose Brockport's MPA program because of the degree's versatility. Our job market's current instability lends itself well towards a degree which does not confine the degree holder to only one type of job. Brockport's MPA program provides a comprehensive and robust educational experience and I am certain that the knowledge I have gained from it will aid me in all of my professional endeavors.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
My favorite part of the program so far has been the excellent depth of the class discussions. Unlike in most undergraduate programs where class sizes are relatively large, the smaller size of Brockport's MPA program works to its advantage in providing students with a higher quality of academic dialogue. Professors lead thought provoking lectures, challenging students to apply class material to real world situations and not allowing them to simply become a silent member of the crowd.
What does your job entail?
I manage the rehabilitation of international orphans of war. This work entails organizing and supervising activities such as English education and Art Therapy for program participants. The job is challenging but comes with unique and fulfilling opportunities such as being able to host program participants during the summer months. In the past I have also been able to advocate for peace and mutual understanding among different religious groups at multi-religious conferences in upstate New York through Project Life.
What are your future goals?
Goals are as fleeting as a gentle spring breeze, which touches the face of one traveler then quickly leaves to soothe another. A goal reached will leave its achiever unfulfilled and seeking something more. Only a desire can remain with you for a lifetime. My desire is that my education through the College at Brockport will give me the knowledge I need to help heal this ailing, beautiful world. Once that desire is fulfilled, I will dance through this life for a moment or for an eternity, until one day this life and I become one.