Fall 2014 Peer Advisors Profile

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Melody Bawas

Hometown: Binghamton, New York
Major: Human Development
Graduation Date: May 2015
Graduation Plan: Hoping to bring more awareness to many of the issues we learn about in Human Development through the art of film

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
I feel that it is a very versatile degree that would allow me to have many options after graduation to choose from and pursue with the basis of helping others.

Why I wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor:
I was a transfer student and I felt like the transition could have been a bit smoother and I wanted to be a part of a smoother transition for future transfer students as well as new students to the program in general.

I really enjoy helping others in even the smallest ways. I also have a great interest in film and have been working on gaining experience in that realm as well as human development. My goal is to use film as a way to visually communicate to masses of people the injustices that exist in the world and encourage change to hopefully resolve these issues by spreading this awareness.

Meaghan Colleran

Hometown: Budd Lake, New Jersey
Majors: Human Development
Graduation Date: May 2015
Graduation Plan: Attend graduate school for Social Work

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
I knew I wanted to go into a career field involving helping people and wanted an approach that occupied more soft sciences. I want to be able to become a counselor, and I feel that obtaining a degree in Human Development would be a great start because it will give me a basis for the types of scenarios I will find myself in as a counselor.

Why I wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor:
I wanted to be a Human Development Peer Advisor because I wanted to learn as much as possible about CCPA and the Human Development major, in order to be able to relay the information to my peers. I also felt that in order to better the major as a whole it would be important for me to get to know each one of my peers. By better connecting with each student I could then learn what their passions, concerns and goals were for their futures and what the major could do for them so that they could reach those goals. I feel it is important to be as engrossed in your field of study as possible, and I think that becoming a peer advisor is a wonderful way of doing so.

Emilee Dobroff

My Hometown: Plainview, New York
Major: Human Development & Psychology ABA
Graduation Date: May 2015
Graduation Plan: Go to grad school to get an MSW

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
I chose the Human Development major because I thought it would be a valuable complement to the theoretical aspects of my psychology major. Human Development focuses on applying concepts to the "real world", which I believe has been essential for my education and for my future career. The Human Development major is a unique opportunity that I believe is beneficial for all students planning on entering any field that encompasses human services.

Why I wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor:
I wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor in order to help students understand and feel comfortable within the Human Development department. I believe that it's important for students, particularly new students, to have a cohesive support system easily available to them. I feel that it is important that students are able to rely on a team of their peers in order to navigate the major.

Madison Fisher

My hometown: Rockland County, New York
Major: Human Development
Minor: Health and Wellness
Graduation Date: May 2016
Graduation Plan: Attend graduate school for a masters in counseling

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
I chose Human Development as my major because I love working with people. The interesting classes and diverse faculty truly prepare one for a career in human services and encourage me to pursue my goal of helping others.

Why I wanted to be a Peer Advisor:
I want to help fellow Human Development students and make their academic experience as easy as possible. College life can be very stressful and confusing, so I want to ease any additional burdens they may have. As a Peer Advisor, I hope to direct students onto a successful path towards graduation.

I hope to become a counselor focused on helping those with eating disorders. My goal is to one day open my own practice and help others with a wide range of eating and lifestyle issues. I love reading and writing and can often be found at the University Downtown Center hastily studying before a test.

Claudia Isacc

Hometown: Queens, New York
Major:
Human Development
Minor:
Education
Graduation Date:
December 2014
Graduation Plans:
Masters in Counseling

Why I chose a Degree in Human Development:
After being undecided for so long, and hearing about Human Development, I realize after my first Hdev class that this is where I am suppose to be. Through the classroom discussions, meaningful topics, and the love for helping people, I finally found a major in which I could see myself growing as a person and not just as a student. It was through Human Development that taught me to see that there are many different types of people and different ways on approaching the tough questions.

Why I wanted to be a Human Development Peer Advisor:
I knew that being an Advisor would be something that I would love to do because I've experience a lot at Binghamton University. Through this school, it has molded me into a more loving and caring person. I wish to portray that in my work and efforts to help my peers.

My goal is to be a counselor, and I'm hoping that through this experience as a peer advisor that I would gain real world experience and insight on situations. Each and everyday, learning from my co-workers and from my peers.

Kara Poulon

My Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Graduation Date: December 2014
Graduation Plan: Attend graduate school for higher education and student affairs

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
I chose a degree in Human Development to further my knowledge about how people grow and develop throughout their lifespan in various contexts. I was given the opportunity to enroll in unique classes that broadened my understanding of the ways in which I can use my passions for helping people in the real world. Generally, human development is important in that it provides a foundation of many aspects of life.

Why I wanted to be an HDEV peer advisor:
I chose to be an HDEV peer advisor to help my fellow classmates with their academic struggles. My goal is to guide and advise students in order to make their undergraduate careers as human development majors memorable and exciting. I want to let students know that I am here for them with any questions and concerns they have in order to relieve stress during their college experience.

My ambition is to pursue a career in student affairs to be able to help students achieve their goals as college students. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school for higher education and student affairs to further my knowledge in a field that has captured my academic interests. I have been a Johnson City mentor in the past and I am eager to find out what else life has to offer.

Rachel Samuels

Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
Major: HDEV Minor: Judaic Studies and Education
Graduation Date: May 2015

Why I chose a degree in human development:
Human Development provides a variety of options in the helping field. The hands- on learning and the small classes are very accommodating, and the people are fantastic.

Why I wanted to be a peer advisor:
Throughout my experience at Binghamton University I have had various individuals affiliated with the Human Development Department guide me through my college experience. Peer advisors have helped me in many ways: From helping me choose my course schedule to what professors to take classes with, they really know how to help guide students and help them have a successful college career. After experience with peer advisors with the past I wanted to be a peer advisor to help give back to the community and be the mentor that peer advisors in the past have been to me.

Natalie Schiffer

Hometown: Roslyn, NY
Major: Human Development with pre-medical requirements
Graduation Date: December 2014
Graduation plan: Attend medical school to become a pediatrician

Why I chose a degree in Human Development:
Human development provides me with a diverse background that sets me apart from many other physicians. I chose to pursue my degree in Human Development because it allows me to view the world from others perspectives while making myself a more well rounded individual.

Why I wanted to be an HDEV peer advisor:
I wanted to become a peer advisor because as a freshman, I struggled with scheduling and figuring out what I wanted to do. I want to help decrease other student's stress and worries by being there for them, and explaining any questions in which they may have. I want to make sure that every student knows that they are a big part of our Binghamton University family, and want to make them feel comfortable throughout their college experience.

As a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in my local community, I have always had a passion to help others. My goal is to become a pediatrician and help bridge some of the gaps between the medical field and the social and psychological aspects of patients. At Binghamton University I sit on the e-board of High Hopes, a crisis hotline, and work with the student volunteer center to help the local community.

Howard Struble

Major: Human Development
Graduation Date: May 2015
Graduation Plan: Applying for Graduate School in Social Work

Why I Chose a Degree in Human Development:
I chose this degree because I want to make a difference, I want to help others, and I have always been one to put others before myself.

Why I Wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor:
I wanted to be an HDEV Peer Advisor in order to help students stay on track with their studies, to be a source of encouragement to students, and to make sure that students get the most out of their education as possible. I have also found myself to be a very approachable person, there isn't anything that anyone could say that would scare me away from trying to help them out.

Last Updated: 11/28/14