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Student Spotlight: Claire Mottola

Claire is a former UST student, who is now a Junior in the Nursing program. She enjoys painting, especially oil painting, and her artwork has been commissioned by different people and organizations. She is holding an original piece in her photo.

Describe your process for choosing your current major. Were there any resources you utilized to help you?

After being enrolled in an allied health course in high school where I participated in clinical, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. Mrs. Goldman (my UST advisor) was always very helpful when putting together my schedule, advocating for me, and giving me all the resources I needed. I wouldn’t be in the nursing program today if it wasn’t for Mrs. Goldman’s call to me last winter telling to submit a change of major after 5 spots had opened up within the program.

What is your dream job and are you on a path to achieve it?

My dream job is to become a labor and delivery or pediatric nurse. Being within the nursing program at UD allows this dream job to become a reality in a few years.

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

If you are passionate about a specific career path of major, don’t let others tell you it’s not possible. If I had listened to all of those who had told me I was never going to make it into the nursing major, then I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Student Spotlight: Isabella Ventimiglia

Isabella is a sophomore majoring in Geography with a concentration in Geospatial Techniques and working towards a certification in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). Outside of class, she is a member of Epsilon Eta, a gender-inclusive professional fraternity that focuses on bringing awareness to the environment while propelling professionalism. She also enjoys taking photographs, engaging in the local community, and hanging out with friends.

Describe your process for choosing your current major/majors of interest. Were there any resources you utilized to help you?

Coming to UD, I had a vague idea of what I might want to major in, but I mostly felt lost. I had multiple advisor meetings, where we just chatted about how my ideas could translate into a major. I also used Handshake to see how different majors could translate into different jobs.

What did you find most helpful when picking out your major?

When picking out my major, my advisor recommended me taking a couple of classes that would relate to my major. After I took GEOG101, I realized that this is what I really enjoy, and I could see myself majoring in geography.

What is your dream job and are you on a path to achieve it?

As of right now, I would like to work with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and/or USGS (United States Geological Survey) doing either land management or environmental protection.

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

Being a UST student can be overwhelming at times, due to the pressure that you need to pick a major ASAP to catch up with your peers; however, the reality is that even people who have majors probably don’t know what they want to do. Therefore, take the time in the UST program to explore different paths. You might even surprise yourself. Also, don’t be afraid to talk with advisors and peer liaisons; we are here to help!

Student Spotlight: Jack Lavelle

Jack is a junior majoring in Human Relations Administration, and he is a new UST Peer Liaison. He is from Connecticut, the oldest of four siblings, and loves to watch and play soccer.

What is your dream job and are you on a path to achieve it?

While I am not certain of an exact job, I have said from day one that I want to have a “social job in a business world”. Having articulated this numerous times to my advisors, they helped put me on this major so I can have a job that fulfills those desires.

What are you involved in outside of the classroom?

At home, I work at a restaurant and a non-profit organization in my town. At school, I participate in intramural sports, and I am a member of the UD HR Student Chapter.

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

My advice would be to use all of the resources at your disposal. There are so many ways to seek assistance or look into different majors within UST. There is a lot of time freshman year to dive in and find the best major for you, so to ensure you’re put in the best major for you, take advantage of your resources.

Student Spotlight: Zizhuo Xu

Zizhuo is a former UST student who is now a senior Statistics major. Upon joining UD, Zizhuo didn’t know what he wanted to do in the future or what major he was interested in. Fortunately, he knows the importance of having a clear direction to enhance decision-making. He knew that he was good at calculations but not so much with writing. He considered majors like Mathematics, Computer Science, Finance, and Statistics.

“UST provides more opportunities for students to learn about their interested majors to help them make a suitable choice. It gives them more chances to get in touch with knowledge that they are interested in, and they will have a clearer idea about what major they want to choose. “

Being in UST helped him to explore his interests and learn where his strengths are. He determined that even though he liked using computer software like Python and R to aid with data analysis and building models, he decided that computer science jobs were not for him. He had also realized he didn’t enjoy Finance. He chose Statistics because he enjoys working with and analyzing data.

Zizhuo was recently featured on UDaily. You can read the article here.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Blum

Sarah is a sophomore honors student majoring in Cognitive Science with a Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology Specialization and minoring in Psychology and Disability Studies. She is one of our peer liaisons and an active member of NSSLHA (the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association). She also works on south campus in STAR tower as a research assistant in the SLAM lab, which studies child language acquisition, and as a substitute gallery attendant on campus on the weekends when she has the time.

Tell us about an experiential learning experience you’ve had while at UD.

I work as a research assistant for course credit, so I would definitely consider that an experiential learning experience. I get to work closely with individuals such as my PI, Giovanna Morini, who know a lot about some of the disciplines I hope to continue studying. She and others have given me great foundational knowledge in research areas I am interested in, as well as some experience in the field of communication disorders.

What advice do you have for new or prospective UST students?

Make use of your advisor! I didn’t know about a lot of majors that I considered before I consulted with my advisor. With her help and the guidance of other students, I was really able to narrow out my search.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started at UD?

The truth is that, even though a lot of people will say they do, nobody knows exactly what they want to do for the rest of their life when they start college. I felt super pressured to know what I wanted to major in as soon as I started my freshman year, and I was so worried that I was going to be behind other people. Now I’m actually ahead of some of the people who declared their majors early on, and some of the people I know who were certain they had it all figured out have switched majors numerous times since they started college. Take a deep breath—you have time!

What’s one resource you think UST students should utilize more?

Their Peer Liaisons! I feel like some students may be afraid to reach out to us, but we really are here to help! I love when I get an email from a student and I can give them advice. Don’t hesitate. 🙂

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