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Fulton School Mentors-What Their SU Education Meant to Them


Kultar Bindra
-Financial Advisor
-Morgan Stanley
-Major: History/Political Science
-Minor: Business Administration
Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"My views on everything were challenged during my time at SU. I was forced to think beyond what I had learned in all my years from K-12 within the first month of my freshmen year. It helped me become more capable of handling the complex problems in the real world."

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"No I don't think without my education I would be anywhere near my current career or my level of competence. I feel that education is never really complete, so if you think you know it all, soon you will realize you have much to learn."

Shana Myers

-English Teacher
-Calvert County Public Schools
-Major: English
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"SU is a smaller sized, personalized university with a great teaching program. I chose Salisbury because it's affordable, but delivers what you need from a college, and local connections!"

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"I really do think that Salisbury contributed to the position I'm in now. I think, more than anything, the professors and employers that I met only through the university helped me land a job by their glowing recommendations. Salisbury University made me a more marketable interviewee through clubs I joined, my job at the school's Writing Center, and other recognition by Salisbury, such as one of the university's Teachers of Promise. In addition, the professors molded my philosophy of teaching what it is today!"

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"In today's world, you NEED a college education, especially in teaching. Without my college education, I would not be where I am today."

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"I could not be happier with my SU education as it relates to my job function. Administration, and my English supervisor, often tell me how great the teachers are that they recruit from Salisbury University. They enjoy the philosophies we derive, the practices and methodologies we have learned to value, and are impressed with the internship experience we come prepared with before our first year of teaching experience!"

Billie McCain

-Graduate Student
-Publications/Design
-University of Baltimore
-Major: CMAT
-Tracks: Journalism/Public Relations
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation? Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education? Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"As a Communication Arts major and specifically a Journalism/Public Relations track, SU was great in preparing me for life after college. While at SU I did a practicum at a local radio station working on fundraising events and promotional materials. That experience definitely helps me in my current position where I create promotional materials and handle social media for events. I was also apart of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at SU. In the organization I was able to develop my networking skills and meet people in the PR profession. These are things I keep me as I go further in developing my career. I not only gained knowledge in the classroom but I was able to apply that knowledge to real world situations and in extracurricular activities that I was involved in."

Amanda Baker
-Federal Police Officer- -Communications Technician
-Supreme Court of US Police
-Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
-Minor: Political Science
Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"The short answer to this question is ABSOLUTELY NOT. My current position in the Federal Government requires a Bachelor's Degree for all employment. However, my education from Salisbury University is much more than a degree. It has provided me the foundational skills needed to be successful in the work force such as critical thinking, innovation, composition, and public speaking."

Elizabeth Coccia
-Associate Director of Enrollment Management
-University of Medicine and Health Sciences
-Major: CMAT/English
-M. Ed: Post Secondary Education
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"Yes - Although it was hard to find a position that suited my interests at the University's career fairs, the events did encourage me to create a resume, have it reviewed by the office, and keep it up to date as it changed and improved. The Career events also taught me how to talk about myself in a professional setting - which can be awkward and challenging for someone not used to tooting her own horn."

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"I do! I did not even know that my profession existed. I was fortunate enough to work full time in Salisbury University Office of Admission while earning my Master's degree in Post-Secondary Education. Working in higher education while simultaneously taking courses on higher education helped strengthen my skills as a professional and a student."

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"Not at all. I would probably be living in my parents basement making crafts off of Pinterest."
 
Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"Yes - although I was worried at first. I majored in Communication Arts and English, both notable majors but vague when job hunting. Earning my Masters at Salisbury really helped me focus and hone in on one area professionally."

Carrie Holt

-IT Specialist - Litigation Support Specialist
-US Securities & Exchange Commission
-Major: Political Science
-Minor: Spanish
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"Salisbury provided me an excellent opportunity to hone my organizational skills. The professors took an active role in the students and created opportunities so that internships and work experiences correlated to course work. They worked with the admissions staff so that I received college credit."

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"I think my college education was vital to obtaining my current position. I studied Political Science and currently work for the Federal Government."

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
" I do not think I would be where I am today without my college education."

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"I am absolutely satisfied as are my parents because Salisbury gave me a great education at a great 'sticker' price!"

Julie Neumer

-Graphic Designer
-Consero Group
-Major: Art
-Track: Graphic Design
Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
My college education played a vital role in obtaining my current position.

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"I absolutely love my job so I am really grateful to the wonderful resources and faculty that were available to me at Salisbury. Not only were the teachers passionate, but they were approachable, experienced professionals in my field. Go GULLS!"
Elinor (Betsy) Lampo
-Spanish 1-3 Teacher
-Great Mills High School
-Major: Spanish
-Minor: Chemistry
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"I think SU was the best for me because the class sizes were perfect, not too big and not too small. It was very easy to meet with my professors if I ever had a question. SU also has great connections to the real world of work."
 
Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"My education at SU played an enormous role in the teaching position I have today. Although my plan upon graduating SU did not include entering the world of education, my strong Spanish background helped me to prepare myself to teach secondary Spanish."

Michael Onifer, III, P.A.

-Attorney and Counselor at Law
-Law Office of M.J. Onifer III
-Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
-Minors: Political Science, Psychology
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"I think that Salisbury University is a good place for career participation because of its excellent academic background and experience; including a majority of possible internships at local law offices, accounting firms, physical therapy offices and other such opportunities."

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"Without my education, I would not have been able to pursue a law school and my legal degree, nor would I be in my current position as an attorney."

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"My college education helped me grow in my interpersonal relationships and my ability to negotiate and handle the many complexities of relationships; both interpersonal and employment wise."

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
Quote: "It is a very well rounded program, you'll meet many interesting people and you will certainly not want to leave at the end of four years!"
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
SU was a good place to prepare for a career, but I did not attend for that purpose. I attended SU to become enlightened. Higher education for such an intellectually liberal purpose was already moving out-of-fashion in 1985. Today it seems like a quaint—if elitist—notion by some accounts. Nevertheless, 28 years ago I started to learn critical thinking skills, to think synthetically, and to resolve cognitive dissonance. I became versed in multiple perspectives to better triangulate new information. With the SU liberal arts education I am more able to understand the anatomy of the world—of which employment is an aspect. In fact, the SU liberal arts education cultivated my ability to anticipate, identify, and solve problems in a range of venues. Such ability is useful to employers. However, I wanted a liberal arts education because I am curious and wanted to increase my opportunities for happiness.

Do you think your college education played a key role in obtaining your current positions?
My SU education is why I hold my current position, as well as three prior positions with the same organization. One simple description of liberal arts education states that it cultivates broad skills in thinking and writing rather than arrow pre-professional skills. Given this, it is unsurprising to find the following statement about liberal arts in Rick Newman’s yahoo.com article “The 10 Worst Majors for Finding a Good Job”: “an assortment of humanities courses might round out your intellect, but it could also confuse employers who don’t understand what kind of a job a liberal arts major is supposed to be preparing for.” However, I was preparing for life, not specifically for a job. In fact, finding a job after graduation was difficult, and I do not want to understate that difficulty. Eventually I was hired in 1996 as a technical writer, which makes sense because I cultivated those broad skills in thinking and writing. I work for the same organization 17 years later.

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
I would not be where I am today without my SU education: I would be unemployed. The company’s needs changed in response to the economic circumstances of the mid 1990s, to the Sept 11, 2001 events, up to the housing bubble of 2008 and the subsequent recession. Without the liberal arts background from SU, I would not have been flexible enough to learn the diverse responsibilities to accommodate the company’s needs. While hired as a technical writer, my education enabled me to later be department head of software development, then a Project Management and Planning Operations Representative for the engineering department. Now I fulfill the same job responsibilities for the Product Assurance department.

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
Yes, I am pleased with my SU liberal arts education. The critical thinking skills resulting from my collective education enable me to solve problems and easily learn new responsibilities in different venues. This is the core of what makes me useful to my employer. It enables me to remain employed.

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