Daniel Tavares ’21, Neag School of Education

Daniel Tavares reflects on his time at UConn.

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Daniel Tavares (Contributed photo)

Why did you choose UConn?
I chose the University of Connecticut because it is one of the best public universities for education in the country. Neag is consistently ranked in the top 25. When deciding to switch careers, I wanted to be trained by the best, and I believe UConn has given me that first class experience that I desired.

What are your plans after graduation?
After receiving my bachelor’s degree I will continue my education here at the University. I am honored to say that I have been accepted into Neag’s graduate program!

What activities were you involved with as a student?
I am a transfer student and began my career here at UConn as a junior. In those two years, I have been able to attend Leadership in Diversity meetings (LID) meetings, participate in the Diverse Educators Making Outstanding Change (DEMO) program, volunteer for UConn Connects, and I am proudly a part of the Husky Sport Team! Go Husky Sport!

What’s something you learned in a class that you’ll always remember?
I have learned so much from all of my professors and it is hard to narrow it down to one, but the saying, “Do not be a sage on the stage; instead be a guide by their side,” is one of the most important lessons that I have learned here at UConn.

What’s one thing that surprised you about UConn?
One thing that surprised me about UConn is the diversity within the professors and administrators. I did not expect to meet and learn from people who look like me. That is one thing that I will always brag about to anyone who asks about my experience. UConn is giving minority women and men an opportunity to change the world!

Any advice for incoming first-year students?
You cannot teach work ethic. To be great, you have to be willing to do the work. That means sacrifices will have to be made if you want to succeed in higher education. Have a plan and be willing to give yourself grace!

What’s one thing that will always make you think of UConn?
The University of Connecticut will always be a special place for me because this University and its professors have made me into the educator that I have always wanted to be! However, the one thing that will always remind me of the University and specifically the Storrs campus is the Babbidge Library. Anytime that I pass by a library I will automatically think of the countless hours I have spent there over the last few years; and, of course, Jonathan XIV.