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What Our Graduates Say

 

Comments from recent graduates who have gone on to graduate school and/or full-time employment

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Mario de La Barrera '07 |  Elementary Education

What I'm doing:
After graduating, I taught first grade in the Spanish Partial Immersion program at an elementary school in Maryland. I am now working at another school and am pursuing my Master of Education in teaching and learning with technology. Recently, I started my own business where I teach other educators how to integrate technology into their lives and their classrooms.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
The professors at Susquehanna allowed me to explore who I was as an educator. They guided me in acquiring the credentials I needed to become a highly qualified teacher. Student teaching allowed me to put into practice the theories I learned in the classroom.

My professors at Susquehanna prepared me for the work involved in pursuing my master's by showing me that it's important to continue educating ourselves to remain effective as teachers.

 

Zach Rahn '07 |  Spanish, Political Science

What I'm doing:
I teach in a bilingual third and fourth grade classroom in Denver with Teach For America. Growing up with teachers for parents, it wasn't until I began teaching myself that I became fully aware of what educators mean in the life of their students. In school before the bell rings every day to coaching sports teams into the evening, being a teacher gives me the ability to bring the world to young minds and instill in others the value of education.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
Before joining Teach for America, I was interested in working in a public service job that would allow me to interact with individuals from other cultures. At Susquehanna, I came to realize the ways leadership, achievement and service truly embody the SU experience. Teaching is important to me, because I believe that young, energetic individuals play an integral part in shaping our world.

 

Lindsey Laughlin '06 |  Communications — Speech Communications

What I'm doing:
I work as a marketing specialist for Rosetta Stone, a company that produces computer software for learning foreign languages. I work primarily in print media, working closely with our media buyer to select the magazines and newspapers in which we'll advertise. I also coordinate projects with our creative services department and analyze ad responses to optimize our print marketing campaign.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
Professors and advisors were really helpful in encouraging me and directing me to possible internships. During my time at Susquehanna, I held two internships. These experiences prepared me for the working world by providing me with firsthand experience in marketing that made my résumé stand out.

 

Mike Ozlanski '05 |  Accounting

What I'm doing:
I'm a senior associate in the audit and assurance practice of the Philadelphia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. I work with chemical and pharmaceutical companies and health care providers. Specifically, I plan and am involved in audits, meet with clients and coach team members. 

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
After interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers during the summer before my senior year, I received an offer of full-time employment upon graduation. I credit much of my success to the Sigmund Weis School of Business, where I learned skills that helped me in studying for the CPA exam and continue to help me now when I'm completing projects.  At Susquehanna, I had numerous opportunities to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills, gain a better appreciation for the fine arts, and foster a sense of entrepreneurialism and intellectual curiosity.

 

Andrew Florio '02 |  Religion/Pre-Ministry

What I'm doing:
I attended Princeton Theological Seminary while simultaneously gaining practical experience serving as a pastoral intern for a local congregation. After two years of serving as an associate pastor in Rhode Island, I have accepted a call to a Presbyterian congregation in Powdersville, S.C., where I will be serving as the senior pastor.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
At Susquehanna, I was taught to reason, evaluate and engage the world with a broad perspective in an atmosphere where professors were genuinely interested in the students and our success, both academically and personally.

 

Alma DeRojas '02 |  English, Spanish

What I'm doing:
In 2004, I received my master's in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Florida International University (FIU).  Afterwards, I began working at the Cuban Research Institute at the university, where I was responsible for coordinating conferences and special events as well as grant research and writing.  Currently, I work for university advancement at FIU, where I am a grant writer and proposal manager. I am also seeking to publish a memoir about my experiences in Cuba.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
My first trip to Cuba sparked a passion in me to learn as much as possible about my Cuban heritage. At Susquehanna, I was given the opportunity to study multiple interests, and I learned the importance of pursuing both my intellectual and creative passions. In addition to my double major, I was able to study voice with Associate Professor of Music Nina Tober.

 

Graduate School


Mike Marr '08 |  Biology & Health Care Studies Minor

What I'm doing:
I'm attending the University of Pittsburgh's dentistry program. My interest in the dental field started long before college when my ninth-grade teacher asked us to identify three careers we thought we would like to pursue later in life.  Since then, I have job shadowed at many different offices in the area.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
The biology and health care studies classes I took at Susquehanna helped me tremendously in preparing for the Dental Admission Test. During my time at Susquehanna, I participated in an internship at the New Jersey Dental School. It was a great opportunity to see what techniques are required for the profession, and it confirmed that I want to pursue dentistry.

 

Sal Pane '07 |  Creative Writing

What I'm doing:
I'm currently working toward my Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh, where I serve as fiction editor for the program's literary journal, Hot Metal Bridge. Recently, I published my first story in American University's national literary magazine, Folio. After I graduate, I plan on teaching English composition as an adjunct.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
The creative writing workshops with professors Gary Fincke and Tom Bailey prepared me for the types of classes I've encountered in graduate school. If it weren't for their tutelage and dedication, I'd never have been accepted straight out of college. My time spent editing various literary magazines at Susquehanna has also aided me in my work with Hot Metal Bridge.

 

Erin Markel '07 |  Earth and Environmental Science

What I'm doing:
I'm working toward my master's in earth and environmental science at Lehigh University. After graduation, I hope to work with an organization such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to improve the health of the bay. I might also work in environmental journalism.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
When I was at Susquehanna, I had the opportunity to conduct research at Centralia with Dr. Daniel Ressler. The field and lab experiences taught me how to design research and to think like a scientist. I also learned how to take an active role in solving problems with the SU Recycling Program, which I helped run.

 

Ashley Edwards '06 |  Mathematics & Business, Pre-Law

What I'm doing:
Currently, I'm attending law school at Cornell University. After I graduate, I'd like to work at a large law firm, perhaps working on transactions for nonprofit corporations.

How Susquehanna helped me get here:
Many experiences I had at Susquehanna aided my transition to law school. Dr. Michele DeMary, my prelaw advisor, was unbelievably helpful in preparing me for law school. Law is a field where information about almost any topic can be useful, and I've found law to be a very natural application of a lot of the logic skills I used in my mathematics classes. Susquehanna encourages its students to become well-rounded through providing students with the opportunity to take part in many activities outside of their majors.




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