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"I love the Psychology department here at Curry," says Khaila Fitzgerald '18. "All of my professors motivate me every day to reach beyond any goals I ever thought I could have. Every time I go into class I feel like I'm so important here."
When you get to college, you hear from your friends, family, and professors that the best thing to do is get involved. Getting an on-campus job, becoming an orientation leader and a resident assistant, having an internship, and even creating a new club at Curry, Abby Pieger heard that message loud and clear.
Like many high school kids, Ivan Marchany was very much into video games. But little did he realize that his boyhood hobby would turn into a career path in cyber-security. Because of a learning difference, Ivan's college search led him from his home in Puerto Rico to the Curry College PAL program, where he has thrived academically as an IT major, turning his once-perceived weaknesses into strengths.
He's big, he's Canadian and he's a hockey player. But Ellery O'Hara has made himself into much more than that at Curry College. The criminal justice major from Toronto is already on a path to a successful career in law after Curry. And for him, it began with focusing on academics from Day One.
"Many of my professors have their own clinical practices, and they bring their professional experiences into our classroom discussions. And that is so much more interesting than just reading from a textbook. I feel like everything I am learning in my classes will prepare me for a real-world clinical setting - it makes me really excited to start my own practice."
To complement his real world classroom experience, Martin Heavey has had no shortage of field practice to take with him into the professional realm. While at Curry he's interned at Doble Engineering and Talbots. And in the summer of 2015, he got the opportunity of a lifetime; an internship at Hill Holliday, one of the nation's largest and most successful advertising agencies.
Australia, China, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Peru, Spain, Taiwan and Tanzania - For most people, this would be a global destination wish list, or even a recap of a lifetime spent traveling. But for English/Writing Major, Education Minor Andrew Gass '18, it's only the beginning.
Before Mikayla Korona came to Curry for her first year of college, she received a lot of advice from parents, friends and Orientation Leaders. But it was one very simple suggestion which helped her through those first few weeks of school. "'Stay on campus through Columbus Day Weekend,' was the best advice I got," recalls Mikayla. "That made all of the difference."
Curry College was one of Brandon Enroth's top choices on his list of prospective colleges but he decided to attend a much larger school closer to home. It didn't turn out to be a good fit for him due to the fact that he craved personalized, hands-on experience in the communication field. So a year later he transferred to Curry...and he is happy with his decision.
A psychology major with a minor in community health and wellness, Jessica Lorento '16 was looking for an academic experience in which she could have one-on-one relationships with her professors. "When I first got to Curry I met the psychology professors and right away they were super friendly and welcomed me in; that's a huge reason why I came."
To Jasmine Nazeri '16, it seemed like yesterday when she decided to leave her home in San Francisco to make Curry her college home - and she hasn't looked back since. The minute she visited the campus, she fell in love with the atmosphere. "When I came to visit Curry during my senior year in high school, everything just fell into place. It's been perfect."
Caitlyn De Serres '18 attended a small high school in Vermont with a senior class of 100 students. So when it came time to explore prospective colleges, she knew she wanted to retain that close-knit community feel wherever she went.
"I chose to transfer to Curry because I'd attended a large public university where my lecture classes ranged from 300-400 students. When I came to Curry I noticed how small the classes were, and that was really important to me."
A member of the class of 2017 and a double major in criminal justice and politics and history, Jared Berman is an extremely passionate and motivated individual, who as a high school student ran for school committee in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts. He narrowly lost the election, but was not swayed in his passion for involvement.
"I really liked the atmosphere and the fact that Curry is near Boston," says Communication major Elena del Peral '16, explaining her decision to attend Curry. "But what really sold me here were the classroom sizes."