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Quotes from 2017 Senior Portfolios

Biology

Quotes from
Biology Major Graduates

 My focus as a college student came from studying for quizzes and tests in my science classes, preparing for a presentation and working in groups to present what we worked on to the class. The type of focus I gained from presenting and working in groups will help in the real-world setting because I have had the experience with working with people from different backgrounds and a method of learning that is different from mine... Pine Manor College has been a safe haven for me to be able to learn in such an intimate way and to interact with professors.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 Over the years, I learned that practice makes everything better; my first oral presentation wasn’t the easiest thing to do...But over the years, I realized that an oral presentation is not about the way someone speaks or the fancy words that this person uses. It’s about making a connection with the audience, catching their attention with the subject of matter. It’s also about having the right information to share and hopefully helping them learn something new... I am really happy that I attended Pine Manor College because it has put me on the right path. The resources that are given and the one-on-one help that is provided by the teachers has also helped me throughout my journey in college. Overall my experiences at PMC has changed me for the best; I went from a confused child to a well-educated young woman. I am ready and excited to move into the next step and achieve my goals.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 When I started here at Pine Manor College, from the first class that I walked into Principles of Biology, I knew things would be different. I was still the same quiet and reserved girl, but for the first time in a very long time I felt as if I belonged. The fact that the class size was very small helped me quite a bit in opening up more. I found it so much easier to understand the course material...I had lacked passion, the kind of passion that I discovered here at Pine Manor as a biology major...A very short while after my first semester I started seeing all the possibilities a degree in biology could offer me. I honestly do not think this would have been possible without the support of professors and advisors who took the time to guide me in the right direction. This support system that I found at Pine Manor only strengthened and validated my decision to change my major.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 College has been a fascinating experience for me. It has had its highs and lows and many challenging experiences in between. Overall, I feel that I have been prepared for not only college but also life as a whole. The college has taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, has built many aspects of my character. My experiences at Pine Manor College and the Learning Resource Center have shaped me into the person that I am today.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 I realized that PMC students benefited from personalized courses due to the small number of students per class. Also, professors committed seriously and thrived on their engagement with students... During my journey at PMC, I have not only developed different competencies but I have also acquired innumerable skills, professional knowledge, and immensely strengthened my qualities. As a result, I am confident that this set of valuable skills have provided me with a strong basis to achieve my short-term and long-term professional goals. Not to mention that they will have a positive impact on my personal life and contribute towards my self- realization.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 I believe...community service...enables young people to develop a sense of social responsibility and become involved in the community in which they are living...I believe it is great to give back to the communities we are a part of. But, it is not only about participating in activities such as recycling, volunteering, donating old clothes, cleaning house, mentoring, but to actually make it a lifestyle. I believe embracing and embedding social responsibility into your personal values so that you can give back to people that are in need (not only once but often) is key to a well- lived life.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 PMC has allowed me to communicate in many ways; I have written different types of papers, and presented to an audience using PowerPoints, flashcards and posters. We have always had a chance to develop and exercise our communication skills. The professors tell us specific skills we need to develop to effectively communicate either orally or in writing. I have had many opportunities to do a public presentation here at PMC and these experiences have strengthened me and have helped me realize that I can communicate effectively...Pine Manor gave me an opportunity to interact with students with different cultural backgrounds...Cross Cultural Psychology allowed me to take a glimpse worldwide and to understand that our culture influences our perception and therefore our psychology. I learned we are not so much different from others. Even though we all come from different places and have different cultures and different perspectives, we are all humans and deserve respect and acceptance. Our way of looking at things might be different and it is important to understand those differences and understand that our perception is greatly influenced by our culture.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 A few courses which positively impacted my time at PMC were both English compositions courses (CC 110 and CC 112) and the Senior Seminar Capstone course...Taking courses I would not usually choose if not for the school requirement has surely taught me something about the subject I was learning about, public speaking for example. This course has opened me up in challenging my presentation and speech skills...I believe what also comes with citizenship or being socially responsible is being non-judgmental to a peer’s opinions, beliefs, or values. My senior seminar course is a great example of how my classmates and I explored our values and opinions with social responsibility. Within weekly class discussions, we were able to hear each other out even if we did not agree with each other but put any judgements aside, and interact in a proper manner.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 By working in a group, I have learned many things. First that many people have different ways of absorbing information. Second, working in a group is important to improve classmate relationships. Third, working in a group has given me the opportunity to learn different skills and capacities from other people. I learned how to follow instructions and for me, the most important thing I learned from all these group projects was to be able to help and at the same time let other people help me. Now I can say that being part of PMC and being able to work in a group during all these four years has changed my entire outlook on and attitude toward life because this has helped me to communicate with others and leave behind my shyness.”
           Biology Major, 2017 Graduate

 

Business and Management

Quotes from
Business and Management Major Graduates

 Collaboration is one of the skills I learned from my team experiences while participating in PMC Athletics, being an RA, and a student leader. Once I lost my shyness and became a team captain, I found that it was collaboration that was at the heart of teamwork. I have learned that without collaboration, athletes are not motivated and a team cannot be very successful.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 Although I believe that my commitment to good citizenship developed long ago, I can say that I am now a better citizen and leader because of the wonderful faculty members who’ve taught me, over the years, to believe in myself and my ability...I have been able to build citizenship competency because I had a place to call home and people to call family: This is what Pine Manor has offered me. Small schools like Pine Manor are dream builders.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 Coming to Pine Manor College really changed who I was...Being a student ambassador helped me to greatly improve my oral communication skills...This task has caused me to vastly improve my oral communication competency, while contributing, as a good citizen, to the PMC community.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 An important development that I am proud to have undergone, particularly during my first year at Pine Manor College, is that I have become a better global citizen...the most important lesson that I learned from being exposed to so many global cultures and learning to be a better global citizen at PMC is that race is nothing more than a social contrast created by humans, intended to emphasize on our minor differences, instead of enjoying our universal similarities. This learning has served me well in life because I continuously apply my knowledge of different cultures to form better relationships in other parts of my life, such as in my jobs; which is also a great example of integrated and applied learning.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 College is a much more social experience, and the support of peers is paramount for a positive experience...In order to work in a group successfully, I realized that I had to be patient, flexible, and respectful. Through practice, I learned to trust other students, be patient, and possess empathy. Coincidentally, I also realized that when I collaborated with other students, we often came up with better ideas than I could have ever come up with alone. Through collaborative teamwork, I obtained feedback from my partners, both positive and negative, which let me know if I was on the right track or needed to conduct additional research. I also found out my strengths and weaknesses through peer evaluation and directly from my professor. Through my time at PMC, I have significantly grown with respect to my collaboration with others...Collaboration skills also helps me to improve my critical thinking and increases my overall productivity, while also developing supportive friendships. I made several lasting friends at Pine Minor, people who come from completely different backgrounds than me...I credit what I have learned about collaboration in my PMC classes for enabling me to make new friends that I believe will last a lifetime.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 I believe that my PMC education will change my life. I also believe I will be able to apply my education to solve problems that I will encounter in the future...The competencies I have gained from my classes and outside of school will help me achieve my goals. After graduation, I believe that I will find a job in which I can use the different skills I have gained at PMC such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, applied and integrated learning, and citizenship. I also believe I will be able to apply these skills to solve the business and life problems that I will encounter as the future unfolds.”
           Business and Management Major, 2017 Graduate

 

Communication-min

Quotes from
Communication Major Graduates

 Giving back to society is incredibly important to me. I plan on continuing my political endeavors by going to protests and fighting for those who do not possess the privilege I have. Through personal research and a class I took at Pine Manor called "Power and Privilege" I have been educated on the power that comes with the privilege I have.”
           Communication Major, 2017 Graduate

 Throughout all my time at Pine Manor College, I have learned a lot about myself as an individual working in groups: how effective and ineffective groups can operate and the many challenges that working in a group can have...These experiences have helped me realize that in the future, when collaborating in groups in the workforce, that communication is key; if one or more persons is not on the same page it can have a huge effect on how successful a project will go. Also, compromise is an important and fair way to allow both individuals a way to win and succeed in achieving the same goal.”
           Communication Major, 2017 Graduate

 My public speaking class was severe but was what helped me get to where I am at today. I had never had to speak in front of a crowd of people before until this course. This course had taught me a great amount of significant techniques that assisted me with the ability to overcome the fears I had to speaking in public. This course not only enabled me to speak in public but also help to improve my writing skills in speech form as well.”
           Communication Major, 2017 Graduate

 In (my) public speaking class at PMC, there were many group presentations in the class, and we collaborated with other students to finish up the work. So, I learned useful teamwork lessons...I felt that teamwork will be very significant in the future when I will work in a company because there are more people in the company, and they have more presentations or meetings, compared to universities. Therefore, I am so happy to experience group presentations with PMC students in the class. It was a really good practice for my future and career.”
           Communication Major, 2017 Graduate

 

Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership

Quotes from
Early Childhood: Education, Health
and Leadership Major Graduates

 Through my collaboration with classmates, I became more confident, stronger, and a citizen within the PMC community. My classmates...taught me an invaluable lesson; to treat others the way you want to be treated.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 Public speaking can inform and challenge audiences on what they think is the right information...By taking my communication classes I learned that I am now able to communicate to the audience without feeling nervous and present well-ordered information when needed. In the future, I will most likely use these skills to present to elementary school age children, parents, or even staff at programs and meetings in my future workplace.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 The Gator community has a mission, just like any other school. As a student in the Pine Manor College community I have acquired qualities and mastered competencies that have now become part of my everyday life...After attending classes, especially my education classes, I began to value what the faculty at the college was trying to make us understand about being a part of the Pine Manor College community. I learned to appreciate these stated college outcomes and how these related to my understanding and appreciation of my college world and the world in general. I think little by little, I saw how I could contribute to a changing world, be an advocate for children with good teaching skills. In the course of my education, I chose the career path I hope to follow. I have learned about many different types of ideas. I have learned how to be respectful and try to understand and value others ideas. I know and value the freedom I have, particularly in my education classes, to disagree, and discuss different views and opinions in order to learn.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 I have learned to apply, and connect many different courses, skills, information and observations. I learned about the integration of curriculum, environment and safety in Professor Vautour’s and Professor Tzizik’s classes...In every childcare place I’ve attend and participated in I had the opportunity to apply what I learned in classes.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 My Foundations of Education (course) also informed me and taught me about the importance of citizenship, contributing to the community and also how education has an impact on the community...I have been a citizen of the Pine Manor Community but being a citizen is not just about helping the campus or the people on it. It is also about the many different things that you, yourself can do to help others outside our college community, our State and the Country.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 I really enjoy collaborating with others because I am able to get different opinions, suggestions and perspectives. We are not all good at the same thing. Someone’s strength could be my weakness. When we work together, we are all able to contribute our different strengths to come to a more complete solution. PMC has given me many opportunities to work with my classmates through debates, projects, pair shares and class discussion. It has always been a positive experience because I would always gain a new perspective on a particular topic that I thought I knew all about.”
           Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership, 2017 Graduate

 

Psychology

Quotes from
Psychology Major Graduates

 I am thankful for the critical feedback from professors and peer reviewers that helped improve my writing skills. If it were not for their help I would have trouble telling the stories of my college experience. Without being able to effectively communicate my point through visual and verbal works I would not be walking across the stage as a 2017 graduate...Working collaboratively with those of different cultural backgrounds became normal for me...I was opened up to new possibilities and connections.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 Professors at PMC are so supportive because we are a small school and students know that they honestly care about how well we do. My advisor not only helps me choose classes and talks to me about my grades, but she also helps me stay focused and stay committed by reminding me of my goals when I feel overwhelmed or unmotivated. The support I receive motivated me to take on several leadership roles here at PMC...Taking on leadership roles on campus makes me look forward to taking leadership roles in my future career. I want to be someone that can look back at their years of schooling and say “finally, this is what I’ve been working towards.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 My experience at Pine Manor has been nothing but incredible. Along with the amazing diversity within the student body, there are small classes, and the professors actually care about your success in all your classes, not just the ones they may teach, and really work with you to make sure you are on track and help you be as successful as possible. The professors at PMC take the time to stay after class, help you during office hours and even respond to those panicked 10pm emails on Saturday and Sunday nights.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 Pine Manor College has helped me grow to become a better version of myself and to know who I am as an adult... My internship experience made me realize that I have patience, and good communication skills than I originally thought...I am forever grateful that I had the chance to go to college...I am proud to say that I will be a college graduate in May of 2017.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 I have gained a lot of knowledge from the classes I have taken at Pine Manor College. I was able to apply the skills and vocabulary from my psychology courses to help me be successful at my internship site. I could work with others outside of my ethnic background and I learned how to communicate professionally with my peers.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 Citizenship has taught me to be more open to different cultures because you never know what you may find. While being at PMC I realized how much I want to travel and explore different countries and see what they may offer. Having diversity can benefit you because in today’s society, a second language is very beneficial in the work place. I like to say the more diverse you are the more opportunities you achieve...Pine Manor has definitely challenged me to be a better person, to be open to grow and not to be afraid to take chances. I know starting this journey of my life I will take what I learned and apply it.”
           Psychology, 2017 Graduate

 

Sociology and Political Science

Quotes from
Sociology and Political Science Major Graduates

 There were many skills that I came to Pine Manor with, but there were many skills that I developed, or are still developing. I came to Pine Manor with strong oral and visual communication, but found myself being challenged in ways I never thought. Creating a poster and presenting it at the NEPA conference opened my eyes and showed me that my skills can always be developed. My written communication was challenged in many different ways. Senior Seminar challenged me in ways that I will never be able to express...Pine Manor is a diverse campus and taught me that everyone is different. If I want to be successful, I have to understand those differences and be able to work around them...I am leaving Pine Manor with a good sense on how to think outside of the box. I learned to think critically and quickly. I can confidently say that Pine Manor helped me develop so many skills.”
            Sociology and Political Science, 2017 Graduate

 Pine Manor College helped me strengthen the skill of collaboration because as a freshman and sophomore I strictly disliked working in groups and by junior year I learned to manage group work and benefit from others feedback. Collaboration has given me the ability to give and receive constructive criticism... In the real world, communication skills are used daily. I am now able to communicate effectively with people at my work place and during meetings, interviews, and other encounters. I have this confidence because of the work I have done in my classes at Pine Manor.”
           Sociology and Political Science, 2017 Graduate

 I am forever grateful for and proud of my decision to attend PMC. It was never just a school for me, but rather, a place where I discovered myself. Academically, I was challenged. Socially, I was challenged. It is an experience I know I would not have gotten had I gone to school anywhere else.”
           Sociology and Political Science, 2017 Graduate