Meet Our Students

Brittany Bandinelli

Major: English

Year in school: Senior

Hometown/State: Wheatfield, NY

High School: Startpoint High School

Why did you choose Daemen, what had the biggest impact on your decision?

Ironically enough, the reason I chose Daemen my senior year of high school was that I eventually wanted to become a part of the college’s famous Physician Assistant Department.  I loved the small campus and the faculty I met during the school’s Open House.  However, when I did decide to change my major to English, the staff was extremely supportive and the transition from one major to another was easy and pain-free. 

How does college differ from high school?

In high school the lines of communication between student and teacher only existed during the class time.  College is extremely different.  The student must take full responsibility for their success in the class, because college professors are not employed to “babysit” like high school teachers do.  The biggest change has been the use of email and online education tools.   On average I receive about twenty emails per day during the five-day school week.  The key is discarding the emails you don’t need and promptly taking care of the messages you need to read or respond to.  I know many students don’t check their inboxes regularly and then end up with thousands of messages to sort through! That was something I certainly never had to deal with in high school. 

Why did you choose your major?

I ultimately decided to become an English major after taking freshman classes in philosophy, composition, and literature.  Many of my professors opened up my eyes to new ways of reading, writing, and analyzing literature, which spurred my long-existing interest in fiction.  The English Department has a great faculty with professors that specialize in various types of literature.  The course offerings are varied and always interesting.  

Tell me about your academic experience at Daemen?

Since starting at Daemen, I have gone on on a journey through chemistry, math, psychology, education, history, literature, writing, philosophy and more.  Daemen requires students to take classes outside of their major to fulfill the “core competencies” portion of their program, and all in all I feel that this has made me a much more well-rounded student.  I have made great friends and worked closely with professors. 

What do you think about the faculty, staff, and advisors at Daemen?

The faculty, staff, and advisors at Daemen are very helpful and proactive when it comes to their students.  Advisors especially make it their business to make sure students graduate on-time and with the highest success rate possible.  Whenever someone doesn’t have the answers for you, they find someone who does.    

Do you live on campus? What has been your experience?

I do not live on campus, but instead commute to Daemen about 25 minutes every day.  Although the traffic in Amherst is practically non-existent, it would be wise to arrive on campus early to get the best parking spot. On-campus parking is extremely limited and very confusing, so make sure you do a test drive and get to school early on the first day!

Have you had any internship, study abroad, or service learning experience?

My service learning experience in my sophomore year was fantastic.  Twice per week for the entire semester I went into the city to tutor young refugees after school at Hope Refugee Services.  The children were simply fantastic and enthusiastic and it was a good feeling knowing that I was making an impact on their education.  As for internships, I am attending the Washington Internship Institute in Washington, D.C. for the fall 2011 semester, where I will receive academic credits for a public relations internship. 

What do you like best about Daemen?

What I like best about Daemen are the educators.  The professors are all extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely accommodating when it comes to personalizing a student’s needs.  Such tender, loving, care is hard to find in a larger classroom with five hundred other students, which commonly occurs at larger, public colleges.  

What are your plans after graduation?

So far I plan on attending graduate school to earn a Master’s Degree in College Personnel Administration.  Another great thing about attending a small school such as Daemen is that when the time does come to need recommendation letters, every professor will know your name and the type of work you do, which makes the asking part a whole lot easier. 

Why should other students select Daemen?

Daemen is the perfect school for a person who wants not only to receive a degree, but also truly connect with the faculty and fellow students.  With Daemen being a smaller college community, the chances of fading into the background are slim to none, which is great for those who really strive on getting that extra attention. 

Favorite campus activities

Since joining Sigma Omega Chi, Gamma Chapter Sorority, I have been involved in many volunteer activities on campus such as the faculty/ administrator Halloween party, To Write Love on Her Arms and the SPCA fundraising events, and also a walk for Cystic Fibrosis awareness.  Other great activities are the English Club, writing for the campus newspaper The Insight, and the literary magazine Writer’s Block.  Of course the annual Springfest celebration is one of Daemen’s most memorable annual activities!  

Favorite campus hangout

The RIC is a really great place to meet up with friends and get some school work done, but if you are looking for some real peace and quiet, the old lounge across from the art gallery is much more distraction free.  Just one more tidbit- the Business Building computer lab is the best place to find a computer.  It’s one of the best kept secrets at Daemen!

 

 

Emily Stoll

Major: English-Communications

Hometown/State: Lockport, NY

High School: Lockport High School

Why did you choose Daemen? What had the biggest impact on your decision?

I was primarily drawn to Daemen by the general atmosphere and the feeling of home. Everyone was very friendly, and I could immediately see myself spending the next four years there.

How does college differ from high school? 

In college, nobody will force you to attend class. If you don’t motivate yourself to go, you will miss class and take a hit to your grades. Organize your time well, and there will be plenty left after class and homework, though I have heard that medical students have heavier course loads due to science classes. The exception is finals week, when everything piles up at once.

Why did you choose your major? 

I began as an undeclared major and decided to pursue journalism after encouragement from my teacher, Professor Chimera, and my results on the Career Services office’s interest profiler test. The career counselor, Regina, said my face “lit right up” when I mentioned writing, which finally convinced me to make my major English-Communications.

Tell me about your academic experience at Daemen. 

College level courses from my high school may have skewed my perspective, but I did not feel that college was very difficult academically. It boils down to something we’ve been fed our entire lives: you get out of it what you put into it.

What do you think about the faculty, staff, and advisors at Daemen? 

Faculty, staff, and advisors are friendly and helpful. They are always willing to provide guidance if you simply ask.

Do you live on campus? What has been your experience? 

I live on campus. I met all of my closest friends in the dorms and will be roommates with three of them next year. You get extra sleep in the morning without travel time, and there are no dangerous icy roads. It also makes you grow up and start taking care of yourself – no parents to take care of cleaning and remind you to do things.

Have you had any internship, study abroad, or service learning experience? 

I am interning at Buffalo.com. Internships can be the deciding factor in your career choice. The working world usually isn’t what you expect, and interns are right in the thick of it. Pick the right internship, and you will have plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience. Don’t forget to network while at the office. And I will spend the Fall 2012 semester abroad,  studying in Italy.

What do you like best about Daemen? 

My favorite things about Daemen are the people and the campus. Almost everyone is friendly, and the campus is beautiful. If you get bored on campus, Daemen is close enough to Buffalo that you can hop on a public bus – for a small fee – and find plenty to do in the downtown area.

What are your plans after graduation? 

After graduation, I plan to write for a newspaper in the Western New York area – potentially the Buffalo News. I am considering writing for the Arts and Culture section.

Why should other students select Daemen? 

Daemen is a good, competitive school with small class sizes that allow teachers to give the students extra help if necessary. The people are friendly, and the beautiful campus is a short bus ride away from downtown Buffalo.

Favorite campus activities 

I’m a club person overall, and I’ve found my niche in the English Club and the online school newspaper, the Daemen Insight, first as a staff writer, then, starting Fall 2011, as editor-in-chief. I also enjoy going to the programs, such as ice skating, movie nights, Springfest, a foam-pit dance, yoga, a corn maze, and Boobar Halloween party.

Favorite campus hangout 

Last year, when I was a freshman living in Canavan, I loved the lounge. It was great for meeting other freshmen, and my RA introduced me to one of my best friends there.

 

Dan Stachewicz

Major: English

Year in School: Senior

Hometown/State: Cheektowaga, NY

High School: Cheektowaga Central High School

Why did you choose Daemen, what had the biggest impact on your decision?

I chose Daemen College for a number of reasons. One, it is within a fifteen minute drive of my house, so the brief commute was definitely a major factor in my decision. Also, the campus is relatively small, so I felt a soothing familiarity between it and my high school. I’d always seen movies in which the characters go off to college and find themselves trekking across these huge, daunting mini-cities. Daemen just seemed like a place where I wouldn’t get lost for days trying to find a bathroom, or frozen to death when walking from my parking spot to class during Buffalo’s frightful winters.

How does college differ from high school?

The main difference between college and high school is that you’re paying for college. Ultimately, this fact should not only make you try harder as a student, but also provoke you to get your money’s worth in terms of what the campus has to offer. Getting active on campus is a definite must for anyone looking to achieve the ultimate college experience. I oftentimes overhear people saying, “Oh, I’m a commuter, it’s so hard for me to get involved on campus.” That is a load of bologna. I’ve been a commuter for years now, going on four, and I’ve been involved in more activities and organizations than I can count. It just takes a will.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose English as my major simply because I’ve always loved writing, and thought that I’d might as well pursue a career in something that I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I could never imagine myself operating in a career that I wasn’t passionate about.

Tell me about your academic experience at Daemen.

Well, as far as academics go, my experience at Daemen has been wonderful. In all honesty, the transition between the high school classroom to that of the college was remarkably easy. I’ve consistently been on the Dean’s List, which is a feat I’ve accomplished  with the aid of both the materials and staff available for the Daemen student in need of any academic reassurance.

What do you think about the faculty, staff, and advisors at Daemen?

The faculty, staff, and advisors at Daemen that I have interacted with have all been very knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant.

Do you live on campus? What has been your experience?

I currently do not (and actually never have) lived on campus. I’ve been a commuter for my entire Daemen career, and do not regret the decision one bit. Some people might say that the full college experience can only be achieved by living on campus. They are wrong. As a commuter, one has the same opportunities for getting involved as a resident does. I actually think that it’s safe to say I’ve been more involved on Daemen’s campus than most residents. I have been an Admissions Ambassador, leader of the English Club, editor of the student literary magazine Writer’s Block, designed the masthead for the college newspaper when it went online, clerked in the English Department and represented the English Department at college open houses.

Have you had any internship, study abroad, or service learning experience?

No, no, and yes. To complete my necessary Service Learning, I served as a Peer Mentor for a freshman classroom. Similar to my experiences as an Orientation Leader, I provided knowledge, assistance, and support for the freshman so as to enable them to segue into college life with the minimum number of hassles.

What do you like best about Daemen?

The size. Again, being in Buffalo, there is always going to be the threat of snow during the wintertime, so it’s just very nice to know that even if I am forced to park on a snowbank down Campus Drive, I’ll only have to walk for about two minutes to get to the warmth of Duns Scotus.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan on stepping out into the world and experiencing life post-education. I've been in school for. . . how many years now? So it'll be interesting to see what life is like without the need for studies. In terms of employment, I feel as though I am leaning more towards the journalistic aspects of my major, but you never know. . . . I love Florida, and I heard teaching degrees earned up here work wonders down south, so. . . .

Why should other students select Daemen?

Anyone who is looking for an enjoyable, memorable, and potentially life-changing college experience should definitely look into Daemen. Being a relatively small campus, the place is far from intimidating, but nonetheless possessed of a student body as varied as any campus’.

Favorite Campus Activities:

Well, I may be a little biased (seeing as how am I currently the president of this club) but English club is consistently something that I can look forward to attending each and every week. The group is composed of such a fun smattering of people that even when we really have nothing “English” related to do, we still have a crazy time.

However, I feel that my ULTIMATE favorite “campus activity” has been participating in Daemen’s  Freshman Orientation for the past three years. As an Orientation Leader, I’ve been able to provide assistance, and (in most cases) true friendship to a number of people who (like me, so very long ago) might’ve come into their college experience feeling anxious, terrified, or even nauseated.

Favorite Campus Hangout:

My favorite campus "hangout” would have to be the English Department, as it is always nice and quiet in there, and, seeing as how I am the work study, I get paid to be there! Just kidding. But seriously, it is a very relaxing chunk of the Daemen campus that I will miss after I graduate this year.

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Wow! Did you know that Daemen has been recognized by the President of the United States?

Daemen College has been named to the 2008 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction – recognized as a national leader for its service learning programs.

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