Major(s) and Minor: Philosophy and Organizational Leadership
How did you decide on your major?
I have always had a passion for argument and discerning the truth, especially in matters of morality and ethics. Unsure of which vocation to pursue upon entering college, I decided it would be best to get trained in critical thinking, a skill applicable to all fields. Since High School, I have also had an interest in learning about the ideas of history’s great thinkers as well as surveying how human thought has evolved over the centuries.
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
The pursuit of truth in and of itself is extremely satisfying to me. I also enjoy and highly value articulating abstract ideas in effective ways. Often, when acting as an orator, the use of analogy and logic has assisted me in bringing into proper perspective for others some of the intangible assumptions that many of us take for granted. I also learned quickly that as gifted as an orator may be, the energy of one person can rarely make a difference without an adequate demonstration of the skills found under the heading: organizational leadership. I have been challenged by the organizational leadership department to completely shift my style of leadership. As a gifted relationship builder, I was stunned when I found out I was a task-oriented leader after taking an assessment in the introductory class. The organizational leadership department supplied me with a practical skillset to both develop as an individual as well as increase my capacity to influence those around me in a positive way.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
In my major, my favorite course was with Dr. Howard McGary, Social and Political Philosophy. I had an extreme interest in the subject matter prior to taking the course. Discussions of morality and the shaping of our political systems appealed to me immediately. Professor McGary was incredible as well. Just when I thought I created an impeccable moral system he would pull together a real-life example that would challenge me to dig even deeper.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
My favorite and most useful course in terms of vocational application was the leadership capstone course with Dr. Arnold Hyndman. Dr. Hyndman challenged us to use our class time most efficiently through encouraging constructive discussion amongst one another. He was also intentional about driving us to apply what we learned throughout the course to our everyday lives. The skills I learned in that course helped me to emerge as a leader in my community and played a direct role in my acquiring my current employment position as Coordinator of High School and Young Adult Ministries at the Allentown Presbyterian Church.
What are your other Rutgers activities?
I served as a Teacher’s Assistant and helped lead a research team in the Psychology department. Most of my Rutgers career I worked either full-time or part-time and volunteered 5-20 hours a week with my local church.
What are your plans following graduation?
After graduation I plan to attend either Fuller Theological Seminary or Princeton Theological Seminary, with the goal of earning a Masters of Divinity and one day becoming a senior pastor at either a Presbyterian or non-denominational church. As of now I am leaning towards enrolling in a hybrid program at Fuller so that I can continue to earn on the job experience and retain my current position as Coordinator of High School and Young Adult Ministries at the Allentown Presbyterian Church.