Caitlyn De Serres, Class of 2018 - Sociology/Psychology

 

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.

"When I'm on campus it reminds me of home because there are wooded areas all around. You can walk out of your residence hall and immediately enjoy a stroll on the walking paths through the forest. It's really nice to not have tall city buildings everywhere."

Caitlyn jumped at the opportunity to attend a school with small class sizes as well. She feels more connected with her peers as well as her professors because she doesn't have to struggle to participate in massive lecture halls with hundreds of students.

"I'm kind of a shy person, so it feels welcoming to be in a class where I can be a part of the discussion and feel comfortable raising my hand and sharing my opinions."

From the first time she stepped on campus at Accepted Student Day she realized that she would be in good hands with her Curry professors.

"The mock class I attended really sealed the decision for me. The professor was giving a talk on sociology and social life.  I wanted to stay in the classroom all day because it was something I was so interested in. He really knew how to grab our attention and I just felt connected with him. I could see myself wanting to be in a classroom like that every day."

That experience, and the fact that Caitlyn has always wanted to be able to give people the opportunity to better their lives, led to her pursuing a double major in psychology and sociology.  Her dream job is to one day become a family counselor.

"I don't think people realize how much counseling can help. Even if you don't have severe problems in your life, just talking to someone is really helpful in making your experience with something better. I want to be able do that for children and families."

Making the transition from high school was easy because Caitlyn took the advice she received from upperclassmen.

"They told me, 'Keep your door open and you will make lots of friends. Get involved in clubs; and if you don't find the right club for you, you can always start your own club.'"

"I just joined SEE (Student Entertainment and Events), we plan events and try to get other students out of their rooms and involved in activities on campus. We've already had a Halloween Dance, organized a 'Night of Wonders' where you can get a henna tattoo, get your palm read, and make dream catchers. We're planning on going bowling together. It's a really great way to make friends."

 
 
 
 

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