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Advice from HDEV Alumni

"Anyone who is considering human development as a major should know that this program offers wonderful opportunities to be involved in the community and to make a difference in the lives of others. You will be challenged to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. When that time comes, I hope you will accept the challenge. Life is all about taking a chance. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, I guarantee that you will find something worthwhile in the HDEV program."
Michael Ohonbamu '13
Urban youth development volunteer, Peace Corps (Swaziland)
MSW student, University of Michigan
"After graduating from the human development program, I've realized that it has helped me tremendously in my career pursuit. A strength that the program provides is post-educational readiness through HDEV 475, the practicum class. Through the class you build connections and professionalism not only in the class, but also with the community. It is rare that students leave their undergraduate programs with so much community-based experience and I can say that human development students can."
Shaneira DaSilva '13
Tutoring and high school placement coordinator, Fresh Air Fund
"Unlike many other undergraduate programs, HDEV allows you — as the student — to have a voice. These classes are not in large lecture halls where you become just another face in the crowd. Instead, classes are run like a conversation among peers. Your ideas are not only valued, but encouraged."
Carrie Klenovic '11, MSEd '13
Reading teacher, grades 5-6, Chenango Bridge Elementary School
"I think the HDEV program made me a well-rounded person and immensely strengthened my ability to think critically. Examining social justice in particular was very valuable to me. Learning about certain social injustices increased my desire to become a Peace Corps volunteer and better prepared me for what I witness in Morocco every day."
Nicole Abesamis '12
Peace Corps volunteer, Morocco 

MS speech-language pathology student, Molloy College
"As an intern at Broome-Tioga Workforce New York (for HDEV 475 – practicum), I developed a heightened understanding of professionalism, sensitivity to the needs of clients and the various dynamics present when working with disenfranchised populations. What I learned from that experience were universal lessons that I have carried with me in my experiences as a beginning practitioner."
Crystal Austin '12
PhD student, counseling psychology, SUNY Albany
"I chose to major in human development because I already had an interest in pursuing a career in the human services. I knew psychology at Binghamton University was very science and research based, and I'd heard human development was much more hands-on and concrete, so it was more in tune with my career goals and personal skills."
Diana Buchalter '12
MSW student, State University of New York at Buffalo

Last Updated: 9/15/17