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Henson School Mentors-What Their SU Education Meant to Them

 


Sandra Kleckner

-Systems Integration Manager
-NASA Wallops IT & Communications Office
-Major: Math
-Minor: Education
Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining
your current position?

"My college education absolutely played a key role in obtaining my current position. I certainly had marketable credentials as a radar technician from my tour in the U.S. Marine Corps, but my degree in mathematics from SU got me hired at NASA Wallops Flight Facility."
Jennifer Langdon
-Science Teacher
-Baltimore County Public Schools
-Major: BIOL, Secondary Education
-Minor: Chemistry
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
"SU was a great place for my career preparation as a science teacher. Not only are the facilities and the teachers top notch, but the location of Salisbury has so much to offer for supporting education interns and for biology experiences that I can draw from to create those same meaningful experiences for students."

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
"I found SU teacher candidates were well sought after and I have encountered numerous alumni in my workplace."

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"SU even sent me a handy book after graduation on 'The First Year of Teaching' with words of wisdom from my favorite teachers. It came at the perfect time in summer; right when I needed to hear some advice on where and how to begin preparing."

Todd Bireley
-Planning Engineer
-Choptank Electric Co-op
-Major: Physics
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
SU was a smaller school and gave me more one-on-one with my professors - especially the professors in my major. I was concerned that going from a small high school to a large university might be too much to tackle in my freshman year. College can be a bit of an adjustment and I believe a smaller school can make the transition a bit easier.

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
Yes! My college education was a requirement for my current position and I could not be good at my job without the education that I received at SU and UMCP.

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
The job market is so competitive today, that I encourage every college age person I know to pursue a college degree. Many good jobs, including mine, require higher education these days.

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
The professors I had at SU seemed genuinely concerned that I was learning the material well and that they were doing an adequate job of communicating the material to the students. I believe they helped lay a good foundation for the degree that I received from SU and prepared me well for the second degree I obtained from UMCP.

Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

-Owner/CEO
-Sweet Tooth Communications, LLC
-Major: Biology/History
-Minor: Chemistry/Education
Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"I definitely would not be where I am today without my college education."

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
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The classes I took, the professors who encouraged me to think critically and explore new ideas, and the chances I had to pursue my passions made such a difference. I still remember the English class I took my first semester of my freshman year in college. I thought I was a talented writer because I had always done very well in high school, I even won the senior class English Dept. award! But that first essay assignment showed me things were different. My instructor used a large portion of my paper to show the rest of the class what NOT to do. She kept it anonymous, but I realized I had a choice. I could get defensive and embarrassed or I could learn where I went wrong and how to do better."

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
"I learned to push myself harder, dig deeper, and give more. And those lessons have stayed with me. By my senior year at SU, I had earned a place in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts Symposium, presenting a polished essay on utopian/dystopian novels. I'm a professional writer now and always look for critiques that can help me make my work stronger."
Megan Hildenberger
-Engineer III
-DCS Corporation - DoD Contractor
-Major: Computer Science
Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
"Without my college education, my world would be tiny, constricting the possibilities available to me. A Salisbury University education fed my mind enough to make me more curious, which taught me to crave learning and helped me to grow and move forward. Knowledge is power."
Dr. Andrew Dix
-Postdoctoral Fellow
-National Institutes of Health, NIDDK/LBC
-Major: Chemistry/Minor: Math
Why do you think SU was a good place for your career preparation?
Very. I was fortunate to arrive when Henson first opened up. I enjoyed the chemistry lounge and direct access to professors who were happy to help. I couldn't imagine coming up in chemistry without that direct access, small class sizes, and close-knit learning environment.

Do you feel your college education played a key role in obtaining your current position?
I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH performing research in the field of Organic Chemistry. I could not do this without a strong Chemistry background that I received in college.

Do you think you would be where you are today without your college education?
No. I loved my time there, and feel that I have accomplished what I have set out to thus far.

Were you or are you satisfied with your SU education as it relates to your job function?
Yes. As far as the academic side of things goes. I cannot speak to how my education has helped in other fields yet.
   
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