Health and Human Services; Psychology
Student representative at the University at Buffalo’s call center; Welcome Weekend Leader for incoming first year students.
I chose IDP because for as long as I can remember, I knew that no matter what I ended up doing as a career or throughout life in general, I wanted to help people. I have always had a passion for making people feel heard, advocacy and offering support when needed; this major seems to encapsulate all of that and much more. Regarding my concentration, I am very passionate about community mental health and believe that education and awareness of the complexities of mental health is crucial for everyone.
My favorite class to date has been Personality Disorders with Professor Kerry Zelazny. This course provides a deeper look into personality psychopathology and how to identify, understand and treat many types of personality disorders. Not only is the material intriguing, but Professor Zelazny makes great efforts to emphasize the importance of understanding and acceptance within this field. I also value and appreciate the way he stresses the use of inclusive and non-stigmatizing language throughout his instruction.
As an incoming first year student, it is important to know that assistance is everywhere. Professors, teaching assistants, faculty members and fellow students are all here and willing to help as you adjust to new changes upon your arrival at UB. We are all here to help get you connected to resources, answer any questions you may have, and to make you feel welcome in this new environment – so don’t hesitate to reach out!
I am definitely proud of my academic achievement, the experience I have gained in my field prior to graduation and my ability to balance all aspects of my life while at UB. However, I am mostly proud of the personal growth that has taken place during my time here. UB has provided an incredible environment that has allowed me to continue learning, experiencing, succeeding and growing into the person and helper I strive to be.
Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing my master’s degree in the field of social work (MSW). My end goal is to work within an office in a college setting, assisting students and collaborating with faculty members to create a welcoming and helpful environment.
I have my cosmetology license!