"Throughout my studies at Barry University, I met so many wonderful professors. I still keep in touch with them today; I think that's the sign of not only a great teacher, but a great mentor, and that's really what Barry creates - Mentors."
- Daniel Freeman, Bachelor of Science in Education, 2009
Why did you choose education?
I chose education because I always enjoyed working with children and families. It's what I'm good at. I come from a long line of teachers and can still remember my childhood days when I would tag along with my mother and help her in her classroom. I remember the laughter and smiles on her students' faces, and that was something I wanted to experience. More than that, I knew that I wanted to be the one to instill those smiles and laughter in my own students.
Why did you choose Barry?
I chose Barry University for a number of reasons. Many of my elementary school teachers had attended and graduated from Barry University. When I'd expressed my interest in attending, they offered their support. I determined early on that one of the reasons I struggled at my previous university was because of the humongous class size and the lack of help that was available to me. At Barry, the classrooms were much smaller, which meant the professors paid more attention to their students. Quite a contrast to stadium seated with students!
Once I met Dr. Fay Roseman, I knew that Barry University was where I wanted to go. She was (and is still today) such a friendly face. She assured me that the professors at Barry had an "open-door" policy and would be there if I ever needed to talk...about anything. Throughout my studies at Barry University, I met so many wonderful professors. I still keep in touch with them today; I think that's the sign of not only a great teacher, but a great mentor, and that's really what Barry creates - Mentors.
How did Barry prepare you?
Barry's education program helped me prepare for my job by teaching me how to manage my time so that I can accomplish my daily tasks. It also taught me that communication with my colleagues, youth, and families is of the utmost importance. We need to be able to teach our children the rules and procedures and how to ensure that they have fun, stay safe, and maybe even learn something at the end of the day.
My education at Barry taught me that there is no problem too big or too small. I need to be there for my children when they need someone to talk to, the same way my professors were (and still are) for me.
What are you doing with your education degree?
Coming out of college with a degree, I think I had the same expectations as everyone else - find a teaching job...no, find a teaching career. Who knew that my degree would take me so far away from anything I could have ever imagined.
During a post-graduation cruise, I met some cruise-ship employees that led children around the ship. They looked like they were having a great time. I found out that they worked with a shipboard program called Adventure Ocean, and that all of them had their teaching degrees! Most were either fresh out of college, or had been teachers in the past and decided to change careers. I thought, "I've got to look into this." When I got home, I immediately went online and applied. A year later, I was on my first ship sailing from frigid New Jersey to the warmer climate of the Eastern Caribbean. I was hooked.
The Adventure Ocean program is designed to be both educational and fun for infants to 17 year-olds. We provide the children and teenagers with as many hands-on experiences as we possibly can. We do science and art projects with them, and almost every session includes some high-energy sports activities.