Student Spotlights

Learn more about each student's experience and how their online program helped them to achieve their goals.

Kim D.

MAT Program Prepares Grad for the Unexpected

Kim graduated from Quinnipiac University’s MAT in Secondary Education this year amid the pandemic. Her student teaching was cut short in the spring, but her confidence never wavered. Quinnipiac University School of Education prepared her for teaching in this unexpected environment. Kim shares an important take-away: “I am not going to get it right away. I understand it’s going to take time, but I’ll get there.”

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Sophie C.

BS in Health Science Studies

Sophie made the difficult but necessary decision to return home from college after her sophomore year due to medical issues. At the time, she was devastated to leave her friends, her studies and the campus.

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Kendall C.

BS in Health Science Studies

Kendall currently works as an ophthalmic technician and planned on applying to optometry school after she graduated with her BS in Health Science Studies. Her plans changed. She took a year off after she graduated and is now applying to nursing school. Without the health science program, Kendall says that she would not have had the flexibility, support and direction she needed to make such big life decisions.

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Viki S.

MS in Instructional Design

After a decade of supporting instructional designers on e-learning projects, Viki wanted to focus her attention on the theory of instructional design. Although the creative side still appealed to her, Viki wanted more decision-making power and decided that a Master’s in Instructional Design would give her the foundation she needed to advance her career.

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Vanessa G.

BS in Health Science Studies

Vanessa Guzzardi, ’19, a graduate of Quinnipiac University’s online BS in Health Science Studies program, was recently inducted into the School of Health Science National Honor Society, Alpha Eta, a distinguished honor. Vanessa’s impact in the health science studies program is lasting. In turn, her classmates, professors and curriculum have had an ever-changing effect on her and the work she does.

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Sara G.

MS in Teacher Leadership

Sara is a high school Spanish teacher who looks to improve her abilities in the classroom and to become a leader in her school. QU's MS in Teacher Leadership program gave her the skills to move her career forward. Sara applies the strategies learned in the program to collaborate with other teachers, participate in meetings and find her leadership voice.

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Steve B.

MS in Teacher Leadership

Steve Bainer is a passionate social studies teacher and coach at Derby High School who has so much to offer his students while advocating for teachers. The master's in teacher leadership program at Quinnipiac University taught him how to articulate his ideas for school improvement. His main goal is to provide a safe, challenging and rewarding experience giving students a strong foundation in academics and life lessons.

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Glen T.

MS in Organizational Leadership

For Glen Taylor, '09, realizing his passion for servant leadership came years after he earned his graduate degree in organizational leadership at Quinnipiac University. Thinking back on his life, he began to weave common threads together and recognized that he has been getting ready for his executive leadership role his entire life.

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Jonathan B.

MS in Organizational Leadership

Bobcat pride fills Jon's office where he has counseled prospective students for the last ten years. His framed diplomas proudly display his BS and MSOL degrees next to several recognition plaques earned for various leadership roles at Quinnipiac. As Jon progressed through the MS in Organizational Leadership program, he applied what he learned to his become an effective leader.

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Magdalena O.

MS in Interactive Media and Communications

Magdalena is a graduate of Quinnipiac University’s online MS in Interactive Media and Communications program with a concentration in user experience design. She not only “gained insight related to theories, principles, and strategies in the field,” but immediately applied what she learned in her digital media degree to her work, earning her a new job before she graduated.

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Cheryl B.

MS in Business Analytics

Cheryl Belair’s life took an unexpected turn when she was in her 20’s. Throughout her trying times, she remained focused on the larger goal of earning a degree. She knew this would help to support her two children. It was difficult, but she did it. Years later, with her newly earned MS in Business Analytics degree, Cheryl reinvented herself, yet again. This time as a Business Analyst.

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Matt B.
MS in Interactive Media and Communications

Matt Besterman worked as a television producer for 20 years in Manhattan and Hudson Valley and realized that the industry was changing. He wanted to stay ahead of the evolution and decided to earn his MS in Interactive Media and Communications from Quinnipiac University. With a career change on his mind and an opportunity to interview at LEGOLAND, Matt was in perfect position to land a dream job.

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Michael V.
MS in Interactive Media and Communications

Michael’s passion for film and the arts took him on a successful educational and professional journey. Michael began his academic career at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT and transferred to Quinnipiac University to complete his undergraduate degree in TV, film and media arts on campus. When he wanted to take his career to the next level, he entered the online MS in Interactive Media and Communication program where he earned his master’s degree in 2015.

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Nicole B.
MS in Special Education

QU’s online MS in Special Education was a perfect fit for Nicole and her family. She found the program to be flexible and the professors to be helpful and understanding. The MS in Special Education program has helped Nicole better understand the legalities of special education to help her child with special needs. In addition to advocating for her own child, she hopes to use this degree to work with other special needs children in a school system.

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Michelle B.
MS in Interactive Media and Communications

QU's MS in Interactive Media and Communications online program gave Michelle the support and foundation she needed to be a successful student and land her dream job. Michelle used HTML coding learned in class and immediately applied it to her work project the very next day. QU provided her with the skills necessary to reach her goals and strive for new ones.

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Diane O.
BS in Health Science Studies

The BS in Health Science Studies program challenged Diane to grow and develop skills which immediately enabled her for advancement into a mangerial role. Diane felt supported throughout the program crediting the admissions team, the library staff and her professors.

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Bridget F.
MS in Special Education

QU's MS in Special Education program gave Bridget the tools necessary to reach all of her students from basic math to AP Calculus. She has implemented these strategies across her discipline and has collaborated with her colleagues to make her math program strong.

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Michelle R.
BS in Nursing

Michelle chose QU’s BSN program because of the excellent reputation of Quinnipiac's School of Nursing, the flexibility of the program and the innovation of the courses. She has applied her learnings to her job and plans on furthering her education at QU.

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Mark G.
Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Mark's main purpose for obtaining his DNP was to teach at the college level. He obtained that goal and has been asked to be involved in various committees and projects at his place of employment. Mark's experience at QU has been positive and rewarding.

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Jeff N.
MS in Organizational Leadership

Jeff was motivated to return to school to enhance his current leadership set. His coursework and interactions with classmates helped him to bring a new perspective to his daily leadership role. In addition the program provided applications that helped strengthen his service as an elected official in Cheshire, CT.

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Julie V.
MS in Organizational Leadership

Julie came to Quinnipiac looking to grow her leadership skills and advance her career. As a result of her work in the program, Julie was able to obtain a managerial role in her chosen field of interest.

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John G.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

John was looking for an accredited online MBA program that would allow him to complete his degree around a busy travel schedule. Quinnipiac University offered the flexibility he needed to pursue his educational goals.

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Matt P.
MS in Instructional Design

Matt was determined to find a graduate program with a structure that effectively blended theory and practice. The MS in instructional design program at Quinnipiac provided Matt with skills that were immediately applicable on the job and helped to upgrade his resume.

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Mindy G.
Occupational Therapy Doctorate

An experienced industry professional, Mindy came to Quinnipiac University with the goal of enhancing her occupational therapy practice. Through the skills she gained in the occupational therapy doctorate program, Mindy feels that she has become a better clinician and has developed into a true agent of change within her field.

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Nick W.
MS in Organizational Leadership

Nick was looking to enhance his leadership knowledge by combining his previous military experience with the civilian business world. With Quinnipiac’s online MS in organizational leadership program, Nick was able to leverage the skills he gained in the program to land a leadership position at a new company.

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Shana W.
BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Shana was searching for an RN to BSN program that would help her build a solid foundation in nursing and provide new opportunities for growth. Quinnipiac's online program allowed her to develop the nursing skills employers are looking for, which helped her land a new position in a specialty of her choice.

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Jennybeth D.
MS in Organizational Leadership

Jennybeth came to Quinnipiac looking to increase her marketability and advance her career. She worked closely with her admissions counselor to find the best program for her goals, and within six months of graduation Jennybeth was offered a supervisory position in her field.

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