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Hometown: Greece, New York
Program: MPA, Nonprofit Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: The University at Buffalo, History and Anthropology Joint Major
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Current Occupation: Quality Technician at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
I struggled a lot during my undergraduate career regarding what my interests were. After taking some history courses as a business major, I realized that I was passionate about the study of people. I switched my major to History and Anthropology and finished my undergraduate career very happy with the switch, but I knew that I would likely need to continue on with my education if I wanted to pursue a career in the field. I chose the MPA program at Brockport because I could gain the necessary skills to work with the people that I am so interested in studying. I want to make a difference in the world, and I believe this program will give me the ability to do so.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
I have really enjoyed the faculty and class size in this program. At UB, my classes were almost always very large and it felt very impersonal. There were few faculty members that were accessible on a regular basis. With the MPA program, I already feel as though I can go to any of my professors with questions and be confident that they will work their hardest to help me. The classes have a lot of discussion and the professors make a real effort to get to know the students, which really makes a difference to me and makes me feel confident that I will succeed
What does your job entail?
Currently, I work at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics as a Quality Technician. Among several other things, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics produces blood slides for use in labs all over the world. My job is to review our product before it is sent out to health care professionals. I have also worked at Wegmans for 3.5 years in produce customer service. In my first semester as a graduate student, I worked in the Office of International Education as an Assistant Study Abroad Advisor. Additionally, I have had several volunteer opportunities during my undergraduate career, working with the Buffalo Historical Society as well Lollypop Farm here in Rochester.
What are your future goals?
After finishing the MPA program I am interested in joining the Peace Corps. Long term, I plan to work in the nonprofit sector, helping people be successful. I hope to one day open a nonprofit organization that helps people from different cultures get acclimated to life in a new place; an organization that will provide the necessary resources for individuals and families to get started in a new culture and to help them integrate themselves into their new community while maintaining their values and beliefs successfully.