Undergraduate College/University: Stony Brook University
Major (Minor): Psychology (Sociology)
Graduation Year: 2018
Hello! My name is Amanda Barbara Cassano. I was born and raised in the center of Long Island. I am currently working at a car dealership as an administrative assistant. I have worked here for six years now.
I began my college career at Suffolk Community College. During my time there I was consecutively on the dean’s list and completed my Associates with high honors. After Suffolk, I attended Stony Brook starting in 2016. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Sociology in 2018. I was on the dean’s list for the years 2017 and 2018. During my time at Stony Brook, I had many wonderful learning experiences. I was an intern at the on-campus daycare.
I conducted independent research under Dr. Manuel London. The research was on multi-team systems (MTS). This research emphasized how learning is continuous within an organization. This was analyzed by the various facets of cooperation: at an individual, institution, and the combination of the two interacting. We gathered qualitative data on each of these systems. Then determined how and if each system adapted. We identified several learning triggers throughout our research at SUNY Stony Brook.
Lastly, I was an intern for the undergraduate adviser for the psychology department. My internship was for the year of 2018 and into 2019. I was her head intern. I evaluated confidential academic records. I advised students on their class schedule and any other academic concerns they may have. I organized academic records and helped create academic files for incoming students. My time working under Mrs. Carlson was the most fulfilling encounter of my academic career. I enjoyed helping students with their education while discovering how an academic administrative system functions.
During this time, I also worked part-time at YAI (Young Adult Institute). YAI is a non-profit organization intended for the mentally ill. I worked in a residential setting as DSP (Direct support professional) or counselor. I taught the individuals ADL’s helped build behavior plans, interventions, provided mental and emotional consoling. I worked at YAI until September of 2018.
I hope with entering the MA program, I can find my true passion by narrowing my interests. With the completion of my degree, I hope to pursue a career in academia with addition to continuing research.
Outside of my studies, I enjoy sketching and taking photographs of nature. I adore spending quality time with my fiancé, family, and friends. Together we have chickens, bees, and fish.