Throughout my time as an undergraduate student, I have been able to take advantage of a variety of leadership positions that allowed me not only to develop socially, but also professionally and academically. In addition to these leadership positions, Adelphi has provided to me an academically versatile environment that allowed me to find my professional path, which is something that I am forever grateful for.
I always envisioned myself pursuing a career within Clinical Psychology, however, due to Adelphi's academic variety and the encouragement I received to explore my options, I found myself becoming highly interested in the field of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology -- essentially the bridge between Psychology and Business. Although I/O Psychology is not a specific major at the school, Adelphi has allowed me to take courses between the Derner Institute and the Willumstad School of Business in order to further develop my interests, knowledge, skills, and abilities in this sub-field of psychology. Not only has Adelphi's academic flexibility allowed me to discover new interests, but the supportive faculty has shown me what true passion for a career is. No matter what class I am taking, I am always exposed to amazing professors who do anything to make sure that their students succeed.
In addition to my academic growth, Adelphi has allowed me to grow socially as well. If someone were to tell me that I would have as many leadership positions as I do while in college, I would have laughed in their face! In high school, I never really opened up, however, Adelphi fostered a leader within myself -- something that I never envisioned happening. Throughout my four years, I have been fortunate enough to hold leadership positions such as, Senior Admissions Ambassador in the Office of Admissions, Media Director and President of the Student Activities Board, Commuter Assistant, and Orientation Leader, among other opportunities and organization memberships. All of these positions have taught me skills that I can utilize for the rest of my life, no matter which professional path I choose. By holding these positions at Adelphi, I had a significant amount of responsibilities that allowed me to grow as a leader, and network with various individuals. I have been able to gain managerial experience, something that many employers are looking for in applicants, I have been able to learn effective recruitment, hiring, and training methods, all things that I can utilize in a future career.
When I was a freshman, if you were to tell me that I would have the opportunities that I had throughout my four years at Adelphi, I probably would have laughed, since I never thought that I could become the leader that I am today. However, due to the environment that Adelphi provided me, and will provide anyone, I am confident in my abilities to succeed, and Adelphi has provided me that confidence.