What was your major and why did you choose it?
My major is special education, and I chose it because of a couple of different reasons. In high school, I was introduced to unified sports (a sports program for students with disabilities), which I became very involved in throughout my time there. At each of the practices I could see how simple social interactions that I had with them brightened up not only their day, but also mine. I was able to see how much of an impact I could have on these students by simply spending my time with them, like I would any of my other friends. This got me thinking about how I could make an impact in their education, whether it be life skills, social skills or general education classes. I also love how hands-on special education is. You get to know your students in a more intimate way because of how much time you spend with them, and how individualized their education is. This allows you to provide support to them in all facets of their lives, from school to home.
What are your plans after graduation?
My plan after graduation is to get ready for my master’s year. First semester I will be at UConn, but I will be going abroad; second semester the plans is to teach and learn in Cape Town, South Africa.
What activities were you involved with as a student?
In my time at UConn I have been involved in Jumpstart, Club Soccer, Special Olympics assistant coaching, and the Special Olympics Committee.
What’s one thing that surprised you about UConn?
How much it had to offer in terms of things to get involved in. I was astonished by how many clubs and student-run organizations there were on campus, and it was hard for me to decide which one I wanted to join.
Any advice for incoming first-year students?
Get involved in new things and go outside your comfort zone. This is the best way to become confident in things that are outside your comfort zone and expand your horizons.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor was Tracy Sinclair. Although this year was her first year at UConn, she has been one of the most supportive faculty members I have come across. We have only had a handful of in-person classes over the past two semesters with her, but somehow she managed to stay on top of everything we had questions about and always be there to support us.