Isabel Salvatore '21

Alumni Spotlight

Isabel SalvatoreUndergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology and a Certificate in Social Welfare & Social Work

Current Position Title and Affiliation: Graduate Student & Graduate Assistant in Student Engagement at the University of Denver

Summary of Position:
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Denver studying Higher Education with emphases in Public Policy and Student Affairs. As a part of my studies, I am also a Graduate Service Assistant in the Office of Student Engagement here at the university. In this role, I support student involvement outside of the classroom in a wide range of clubs, organizations, and governing bodies. I specifically focus on the needs and growth of the fraternities and sororities, developing our members and encouraging their continued growth. I work with leaders in the fraternity and sorority community to create a more inclusive experience for students. Our office also hosts signature university events such as homecoming and welcome week, which I help to design and put on! This position compliments the learning that I am doing in my graduate courses and provides the opportunity to put theory into practice. I am currently taking Introduction to Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and am really enjoying my classes!

Future Goals:
Post-graduation I am currently planning on looking into careers in student conduct and potentially pursuing another master's degree or an EdD!

What do you love most about this career path?
I love forming relationships with otherswhether it be students, faculty, staff, or advisorsand facilitating experiential learning outside of the classroom. Helping students develop lifelong skills that they can carry with them across a wide variety of careers for the rest of their lives is extremely rewarding! It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of students' educational and personal growth, and even more special to get to facilitate that!

How did UMass and/or Psychological and Brain Sciences help prepare you?
UMass offered me so many experiences that have helped prepare me for employment in any field as well as graduate study! I was able to develop my leadership and interpersonal skills through the PBS department as a peer mentor, creating my own internship, and studying abroad. Outside of PBS I was involved on campus in Greek life, orientation, and CNS career services- all of which developed my communication and teamwork skills.

Tips for Current Undergrads:
Get involved. UMass has so many opportunities that range across so many interest areas that there is something for everyone. Take advantage of your undergraduate experience within PBS as well as UMass and explore different thingsregardless of if they are related to your major or intended career. There are opportunities to step up into leadership roles in clubs, create an internship experience for yourself, or mentor others. Not only is college a great setting for exploring new things, but UMass specifically offers so many ways for students to develop tangible and lifelong skills that we sometimes miss in our classes! I would also suggest taking advantage of all the resources available to UMass studentsyour tuition pays for more than just your classes. You have access to career services, financial advising, counseling, etc!