Samantha Mann, a 21-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, began her studies at Pace University in 2005 as a Communications major. Upon taking a course in Psychology and comparing it to her Communications class, she instantly knew she would rather study Psychology.
As a senior, Samantha is an Applied Psychology major. She says, “I’m a people person and I think watching different behaviors and the reasons behind them are fascinating.” Her future career goal includes having a positive effect on people’s lives; she points out that it might sound “corny,” but she knows what she wants to do. She says, “I love kids and at first I wanted to be a Child Psychologist,” but after an internship (her third, she proudly notes) at the Devereux Millwood Learning Center, a school specifically for autistic children, she decided she would rather become a Special Education teacher. Following her graduation in May, she plans to go on to graduate school for Special Education.
This semester, Samantha is in Prof. Christopher Walther’s Psychology of Civic Engagement travel course which traveled to Fiji during Spring Break. She says, “I had never really left the country or gone on Spring Break before, so I figured that for my last semester, I would go big or go home.”
Outside of her studies, Samantha is an RA at the townhouses as well as a tour guide for the Welcome Center. She has also been involved in the UNICEF C.H.I.L.D. Project since it was founded in 2005; she is currently the president.
Samantha adds, “My four years at Pace have absolutely flown by. At the beginning, I felt like I was going to be in college forever, and now that graduation is two months away, I am in complete denial that I am leaving.”
She offers the following advice to her fellow Honors students: “Get involved with as much as you can while in school and take advantage of everything you can, so you have no regrets, but still leave time for yourself and to have fun with your friends because you'll never have this lifestyle again.”