Major: Business Management
Hometown: Bergenfield, N.J.
What makes Caldwell University unique or special?
The people and the size of the community is unique. The fact that a school of its size can offer a variety of resources for the students is something that will continue to distinguish Caldwell University from other schools.
What are your career goals and how has Caldwell University prepared you for them?
As I end my journey at Caldwell University, I will be enrolled at the University of Kansas in pursuit of my master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and I will be a graduate assistant in the University Advising Center.
Various members of the Caldwell community have directly or indirectly taught me proper time management and organizational skills. They have taught me to have confidence in myself, to embrace my leadership skills, to never stop believing in myself and to hunt down my dreams, and of course to enjoy my life and never stop smiling. All these experiences, skills and lessons learned have prepared me for my career goals.
What was your biggest achievement at Caldwell University?
Aside from my personal achievements throughout my four years here at Caldwell University, my biggest achievement here was the moment that I realized what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Throughout the years, when asked what I wanted to be, I would either say I don’t know or give different answers each time. However, one thing I remained certain about was the fact that I wanted to be in school forever, I just did not know what exactly I would be doing in school forever. Through my experiences and the relationships that I have formed with several members of this community, I was inspired to pursue a career in higher education. In higher education, I will have the opportunity to work with students to ignite leadership, influence change, advise, lead and mentor them in their development as they seek their individual human potential.
Academics have always been my first priority, however I was able to find a fine balance and be an active student outside of the classroom. I have been on the dean’s list every semester and I have been inducted into Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, Kappa gamma P, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have also been awarded the Central Atlantic Collegiate All-Academic Team award, NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement award and the Arthur Ashe award.
In addition, I have had the pleasure of attending the National Association of Campus Activities Conference (Connecicut), the NCAA Careers in sports Forum (Indiana) and The NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference (Florida). Most recently I was awarded departmental honors for having the highest GPA among the undergrad business management majors. All these honors and awards mean a lot to me, however, the honor to be the student commencement speaker is one that truly stands out.
To the non-graduating classes, it is my hope that you take advantage of the many resources Caldwell has to offer. Take advantage of the tutors in the writing lab, the career and internship fairs, the free membership to the fitness center, the student activities and athletic sponsored events, to name a few. Take the time to create relationships, not only with your friends, but also, with your professors and the staff members. There are many people who want to see you succeed and will do anything that they can to help you succeed academically, as well as personally as you develop into the person you want to be.