Student-to-Student Advice

I think most things in life work out best when there’s a good balance of work and fun and adventure and stability. I had the most amazing opportunity to study abroad my freshman year and it forever changed me. My advice is to take risks, but don’t be so careless that you put yourself in a dangerous situation because you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. – International Relations Sophomore

I really think sometimes it’s necessary to fail at something to really appreciate success. I’m undeclared now, but when I entered UD, I was in engineering. I had to go on academic probation and that was a real eye-opening experience after doing well in high school and not having to work very hard. – UST Sophomore

I’ve had a hard time figuring out if I’m in the right major and what I could do for a career. I still have to do a lot of soul-searching. I’m amazed at how much support and advice people here have given me. I’m convinced there’s nothing more important for success in college than building good relationships. – Biological Sciences Sophomore


Meet the UST Advisors

Moira Curtis started college as an undeclared student and changed her mind about four times before deciding to major in Human Relations. During the summer before she graduated from Trinity Washington University in D.C., Moira worked as an Orientation Leader. This was a pivotal experience because she loved working with incoming students and realized that she wanted a career in higher education.

Moira entered the Master’s program at Montclair State University, where she concentrated in Higher Education and Student Affairs and got direct experience working in academic advising. In January 2017, she joined the University Studies Program as a full-time advisor. This fall, she will also teach a First Year Seminar course.


Sharon Grayson is a UD alum who majored in Communication with a minor in Legal Studies. While completing her undergraduate degree, she thought she would pursue a career in strategic communication and public relations. As she got closer to graduation, she considered law school, but ultimately decided to complete a master’s degree program in Communication. After working with college students as an academic advisor and instructor at Towson University and Community College of Baltimore County, Sharon secured her current position as a UST advisor and FYS instructor. Sharon also teaches sections of BUAD212 and COMM350, both public speaking courses.

Sharon told us, “I definitely use the theory and practice I learned from the Communication major in advising undergraduate students and facilitating presentations for UST.” Even though she did not go to work at a PR firm, she definitely uses some of the strategic communication skills she learned to contribute to the UST unit’s programming initiatives and social media campaigns.


Adrian McCleary, Assistant Director of the University Studies Program, was born in the Bronx and attended school in New York. The first job he ever held was as a grocery store clerk. Although Adrian originally thought he wanted to be an elementary school teacher, he pursued an undergraduate degree in Communications and worked as a radio station board operator and announcer during and after college. He then pursued a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and secured his first professional job as an Academic Advisor at University of Connecticut, where he discovered that his passion was working with undeclared students.  Adrian was drawn to Delaware because of its central location and easy access to Philadelphia, DC and NYC.

Adrian, whose family’s country of origin is Jamaica, is a UConn basketball fanatic – GO HUSKIES! – and never eats bagels because “it’s not a good use of carbohydrates!”