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MA in Youth Studies / MA in Disability Studies
Class of 2021/2015
What were some of the most defining aspects of your time at CUNY SPS?
For me, one of the more defining aspects of CUNY SPS is its community. I have found an incredible support system in my colleagues, peers, and mentors.
What is the best piece of advice, or most important thing you learned at CUNY SPS?
Some of the best advice I’ve gotten was to be present and engage with everyone. We all have something valuable to contribute and working together builds progressive thinking.
Who influenced you the most?
It wouldn’t be fair to single out any one individual. I learned to hone so many things here: fortitude, gratefulness, courage, and empathy. The professors, academic staff, and support staff are all wonderful. In particular, I do want to mention the Disability Studies and Youth Studies departments for their unwavering commitment to equity here. Disability Studies is a haven of an office to work in.
How has your CUNY SPS influenced your current job, and your career overall?
I came to CUNY SPS to seek a career change. I went from working in a corporate sector to one that cared about empathy and soul. I think it not only changed my career trajectory but has helped me in my journey to be a better person.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Knowing that the work makes an impact on people’s lives. Education and equity work to help people grow and build confidence. Students tell me that the work my department does has helped them achieve a personal or professional goal, and nothing feels better than that.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully doing hands on research in field abroad.
Outside The Classroom
- What show/s are you currently watching?
- The Expanse
- What is your favorite meal?
- Either pad thai or ramen
- Favorite or most recent book you read?
- Favorite book: The Outsiders, His Dark Materials trilogy
- Currently Reading: Dune
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, none, all?
- I have them all, sometimes wish I didn’t
- List 3 things you would bring to a deserted island
- A book, my dog, and a survival guide