Shaniqua Oritheneer

BA in Psychology

"I want to absorb as much knowledge as I can in order to be the best version of me."

Why did you choose to continue your education at CUNY SPS?  Why the online BA in Psychology?

I decided to enroll in the BA in Psychology degree program in order to obtain the knowledge I need to become a counselor of middle and high school students.  I chose the online format because it works best with my complicated childcare situation. My daughter is in early intervention with four therapists that visit the home several times a week.  

Did you ever think that you would enroll in an online degree program?

I honestly never considered an online degree program until I learned about CUNY SPS because I used to enjoy and was accustomed to the classroom setting.

What was your motivation for returning to school for your bachelor’s degree?

I have three reasons for returning to school to complete my bachelor’s degree.  First, I want to start a career instead of just having a job. Second, I strive to be a role model for my daughter.  And third, I want to absorb as much knowledge as I can in order to be the best version of me.

Which courses/aspects of the program have you enjoyed most thus far?

My favorite aspect of online learning is the self-discipline I am learning. It’s not easy, but I know that it’s worth it.  The aspect of the psychology program I love is how the professors I have encountered thus far relate the material to current events/real life; they don’t just give you the material then test you on it.

How does your degree relate to your career that you have OR the career that you want?  

This degree will give me credentials I need to enter a master’s degree in school counseling, which I need to reach my career goal. It will also give me the knowledge I need to understand the children I intend to help.

Which professional or personal goals would you like to achieve during your time at CUNY SPS?

I would like to start working in a middle school during my time at CUNY SPS so that I can gain the experience and background needed for my future career goal.

In which ways have you grown as a result of your time at CUNY SPS?

I am becoming more self-disciplined, patient, self-aware, and focused on my end goal… just to list a few.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve received while at CUNY SPS?

Prioritize your time realistically and complete your schoolwork and assignments just as you would in a conventional classroom setting.

What advice would you offer someone considering applying for admission to your program, or to someone who is juggling a family, school, and other obligations?  

In addition to the advice noted above, I recommend that all students use the school's resources and advisors for help.

What do you hope to do after graduating from CUNY SPS?  What does your future look like?   

I would like my daughter to finish early intervention and begin school. Additionally, I want to work in a school office while preparing to start my master’s degree in school counseling.  

Fun Facts About Shaniqua

  • Place of residence: New York, NY
  • Weirdest place you have studied: The car while waiting for a parking space for an hour (parking is tough where I live).
  • Best thing about your community: I know a lot of supportive people that I can turn to for help.
  • What are you reading right now? I only have time to read school material, but I have Taraji P. Henson’s Around The Way Girl waiting for when the semester is over.
  • What are you watching right now? All of Us, but it is now off for the season
  • What you enjoy doing in your spare time: Playing, teaching, and spending time with my daughter.  

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