A Day in the Life of Amanda Gerstman: A Human Development/Pre-Law Student

Posted by Rachel Fisher on March 3, 2016

Binghamton is home to some of the highest caliber of students. Go-getters like sophomore Amanda Gerstman lead the pack and take advantage of all the incredible opportunities the University has to offer. It's not easy being a double major, holding several leadership positions and being involved in more clubs/organizations than I can count on one hand; so let's find out how Amanda tackles it all!

Amanda Gerstman

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Name: Amanda Gerstman

Hometown: Marlboro, New Jersey

Home at Binghamton: Broome 

School: College of Community and Public Affairs

Major: Human Development/Pre-Law

Minor: Education

Year: Sophomore

How did you choose your major?

"I want to be a lawyer, but I also want to work with children. Specifically, I want to be a child advocacy lawyer, so I chose to be a human development major so I can learn about children and how they interact with their families through adolescence. Learning all of this will help me with my future career."

What clubs or organizations on campus are you actively involved in?

"My freshman year, I played on a team for basketball intramurals. I wasn't that good, but it was a lot of fun and I met a lot of cool people. I'm also the vice president of public relations for the Class of 2018. I manage the official Facebook page and help plan events/fundraisers for our class. I volunteer at the Binghamton Rescue Mission and help work at their thrift shop. I'm a general member of Newing College Council. I was also one of the assistant Greek God fundraising chairs and I'm currently the vice president of social responsibilites for Alpha Epsilon Phi."

Do you have any jobs or internships?

"I am a Public Speaking Lab consultant, so I help students prepare and practice for their class presentations. I am also a TA for Theater 102. I'm a tour guide and I was just appointed tour guide training supervisor. I also am one of President Stenger's Road Map interns."

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What are your thoughts about your experiences at Binghamton so far?

"Being only a sophomore, Binghamton University has already given me so many opportunities to get involved on campus. Binghamton has also allowed me to get involved and focus on community engagement with the surrounding area by giving back to those in need."

What is your favorite place to study on campus?

"I have two favorite places. The first is the Broome Great Room. I love studying here because it's so convenient and I don't have to leave my building. My other favorite place to study is the new room on the second floor of Bartle Library. I love how new and clean it is there, so it makes for a great study environment." 

What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

"I love the Chenango Room. The staff is so friendly and it's just a great place to grab a bite to eat with my friends. I love coming here with my friends to sit down, catch up and talk about our days."

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What do you like to do for fun?

"I love exploring the different restaurants in Binghamton. My friends and I have a mission to try as many restaurants as possible during this semester. I also love planning social gatherings for me and my friends, and there's nothing better than watching Scandal on Netflix!"

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What does a typical day look like for you?


9:40 a.m.: "My alarm goes off, but I hit 'snooze' until 10:05."

10:15 a.m.: "I'll go shower and get ready for my day."

10:50 a.m.: "Time for one of my favorite classes -- Yiddish!" 

Noon-2 p.m. "I have a nice break between my classes. I'll use this time to go to Chenango with my friends and call my mom and my grandma." 

2:20 p.m.: "I have my internship seminar with President Stenger."

3:45 p.m.: "It's time for my weekly meeting with all the other tour guide supervisors." 

5 p.m.: "Nap time!" 

7 p.m.: "Discuss dinner plans with my friends. Since it's the start of the weekend, we usually like to order in from one of our favorite local restaurants." 

9 p.m.: "I'll watch some Scandal with my friends."

11 p.m.: "I'll go out and hang out with my friends for the night!" 

Rachel Fisher is junior majoring in Psychology. She's from Hewlett, NY and is currently an intern for Binghamton University's Office of Media and Public Relations.  In addition to interning, Rachel works for Undergraduate Admissions as a campus tour guide and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi. She's looking to pursue a career in marketing/communications and event planning. 

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