Jaime Bonventre is a member of Marist's M.A. in Educational Psychology Class of 2014. She holds a BA in Mathematics/Secondary Education with minors in Business and Psychology from Marist and serves as the News 12 Social Media Producer
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions.
Before the graduate program, I held a few positions both in the education world and outside of it. I was a substitute teacher on Long Island for two years, a director and teacher for a California-based children’s science program – Destination Science – for two years, a veterinary technician for Old Country Animal Clinic for a year, and a strategist for McCann – an advertising company in NYC – for two years.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to work in a field where I can make a difference, learn and develop as an individual and as part of a team, and put my talents to good use.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
I was excited when I heard of this graduate program and it seemed like a perfect fit for me. I was a teacher looking to further my knowledge in that area, as well as I had a fond love for psychology. I also thought that no matter where I went or what field I went into, this would be a degree I could apply. I also chose this program because I went to Marist for my undergrad and loved it. This hybrid program allowed me to keep my full-time job, but still get the level of education I wanted.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.
The final project of the hybrid program, our digital professional portfolio, was the most meaningful to my professional development. It was unique and an in-depth look into my thinking, learning, and personal development as an educator. Although it took many hours to put together, the final product was not only something to be proud, but it is what landed me a teaching job. Every interviewer I spoke with after this program spoke so highly of my portfolio saying it was what made me stand out of all the candidates.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
This degree from Marist as well as the course work it entailed certainly enhanced my career both at the time and currently. I am currently not in a teaching position. I am working for News 12 as a social media producer. For the past two years, I have been working in social and digital media and this was an exciting next step I could not turn down. My degree has helped me in the journey. I have held workshops for clients as well as my own company on topics such as understanding how adolescents think and why, the mindset of mom, and so on. My social strategic thinking combined with the educational psychological knowledge I gained from this program allowed me to intertwine my careers. Many of our competitors were not on this level and so it allowed me to put my team a step ahead of the competition.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
Marist was my first choice, and if I could do it all over again I would without hesitation. The faculty is amazing, the courses are diverse, and if you put your effort and time into taking responsibility for your education you will greatly excel.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?
My program was based online with a two-week in-person summer session. Having classes online was a blessing. It allowed me to attend a college I revered, and get the degree I wanted all while keeping my full-time job. The only downfall to online classes is working with a group. You have to trust those you are working with being some might not be from the same state. This is where the two-week in-person session helped. We were able to meet and greet not only one another but the professors as well. We built relationships that would carry on beyond the program.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Educational Psychology
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences