Khrystian Pereira ’16, B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy, B.A. in Religion & Politics

UB has given me the chance to travel to various parts of the world that I thought I never would. I have been able to represent the University of Bridgeport in Model United Nations conferences in major world capitals. I have been able to study abroad both in the Middle East and in East Asia and I’ve also traveled throughout the country as part of the UB Alternative Spring Break team to help various communities.

Despite being a commuter, I am always at UB—I love it here because there is never a dull moment. Because UB is a mixture of people from all over the world and all socio-cultural backgrounds, there is always an opportunity to learn about new cultures without ever having to leave campus.

Diana Zitserman ’16, N.D. in Naturopathic Medicine, M.S.Ac. in Acupuncture


My experience at UB has truly been an inspirational journey. Coming to this school after a seven-year career in developmental biology and cancer research has really opened my eyes and heart into better understanding of how nature works and heals from the inside out. As a fourth-year Naturopathic and Acupuncture student, I find great connections and associations when it comes to treating pattern disharmonies or ‘conditions’ ranging from the most common to the most complex of cases. The classroom studies provide a surplus of working knowledge for students to utilize in the clinical setting. Our teachers and clinicians are one-of-a-kind, and not a day goes by where I don’t marvel over all of the new information I gain into better assessment, treatment, and patient care.

The programs here in UB provide wonderful opportunities to get involved in the community, including outreach clinics, Dr. D’Adamo’s Generative Medicine shift and Pathfinder mentorship program, NMSA organization and knowledge bowl tournament, integrative medicine shift among all health sciences programs, student representative positions from top nutraceutical companies, student representative positions in school committees (including philosophy, global affairs, curriculum, research, and social chair), participation in regional legislative efforts, state association conferences, preceptorship experience, scholarships, and much more.

Karlie Spader ’16, B.S. in Psychology


The University of Bridgeport has opened my eyes to new opportunities and exposed me to new experiences. I have learned to open and up allow myself to enjoy everything UB has to offer. We are a community of truly great and interesting people from all over the world and we are able to experience their cultures with them. I love UB because I am able to be myself. I can talk to almost anyone on campus without the fear of being judged.

Jose Cabrera ’15, B.A. in English

B.A. in English
School of Arts and Sciences

“The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it.”

When I came to UB as a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. It was very troubling, especially because I had this urgency in myself to find out the answer to those questions as soon as possible.

The only thing I did know was that I wanted to do something that I loved. Fortunately, I went to UB. During my first semester I spoke to the staff at Career Services who really helped me see what I wanted to do and how I could get there. Also, since it was my first semester and I had not declared a major yet, I was taking various classes.

One class that was pivotal to the path that I decided to take was “Madness in Literature” with Professor Diane Krumrey. I enjoyed the class more than any of my others, and Professor Krumrey was there to help me with whatever was needed. We spoke about the English Major and, after looking up more information with the help of Career Services, I declared it my major. Afterwards, I took a creative writing class and saw that I was interested in that too, so I decided to do a dual concentration in Literature and Creative Writing.

I am very happy with my decisions. I like who I became. I came to UB a shy, nervous kid who didn’t know who I wanted to be, but graduated as a young adult who knew the answers to the questions my freshman self had and more. I was able in my undergraduate career to study in South Korea, take many language classes that I loved, like American Sign Language and Japanese, and get real-world experience by being the Editor of Groundswell, UB’s literary magazine.

The English Department at UB is amazing. Each professor has their specialty and they know how to teach it, so you are as interested in it as they are. I know that without all of them I would not have gotten as far as I did. They were all always there to talk to and help me out, and they helped me get to where I am today.

Rui Chen ’11, B.S. in Business Administration

“When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development.”

I graduated from the University of Bridgeport with my degree in Business Administration in 2011. After graduation, I went back to China to work for a local real estate development company. I was given a lot of opportunities to enable me to work in different parts of real estate development. I worked in the sales department as a sales person, and then I got promoted as the market manager in marketing office of sales department.

Shortly after my promotion, I was given a chance to work in the technical department. First, I worked as an engineer assistant to check the process schedule and the quality of site construction.

When the company was planning to open some show houses for a luxury development, I was appointed as the person responsible for that development. I did a good job using the skills I learned at UB.

I designed other show houses and a company club for the main development of the company. I successfully completed the show houses with a budget 30% lower than the company’s upper limit requirement, while ensuring that quality of the show houses remains good. The show houses helped to close 10 deals for luxury apartments and houses in one month, which is 3 times the speed of regular sales speed.

I applied to NYU, Columbia University, and Florida University for my master’s degree. Professor Neil Jacobs and Professor Matthew Maron wrote me the reference letters. I got a GPA of 3.915 in undergraduate studies and a GMAT score of 730. With 2 years work experience, I got an admission letter from all of the three universities. Finally, I chose Columbia University.

Natalie Saimeri, B.S. in Fashion Merchandising


Struggling between being a fashion student, doing projects and reports every week, to being a full-time athlete was very hard to manage. But doing what you love makes it all happen.

My name is Natalie Saimeri and I was a Fashion Merchandising student here at University of Bridgeport while also on the gymnastics team. We have won 5 consecutive National Championships in the last 5 years. I have contributed to the last 4 National Championships, also being the team captain my senior year at the University. I’ve made some amazing friendships with students and professors here that I will forever be thankful for and will keep in touch always.

Volodymyr Kebalo, M.A. in Global Development and Peace


“The classes are like one big family to me.”

Where are you from?

What is your field of study?
Culture and Conflict Resolution

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy having the opportunity to communicate with international students. The GLDP classes are like one big family to me.

What has your classroom experience taught you?
My writing skills have greatly improved, thanks to the many research papers, while I have also had the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to be working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country of Ukraine, and to ultimately pursue a career in politics.

Fun Facts:

Previous education
BA, International Law, Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine

Previous work experience
Intromisiya, Legal intern, Ukraine

Current employment
Office System of Connecticut, Court Interpreter, Connecticut

Ukrainian, English, Russian, Croatian, German

Meghan Gonik, M.S.Ac. in Acupuncture


“Being in Shanghai gave me an appreciation of how much we can learn from immersion in another culture.”

At the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from very knowledgeable teachers with different backgrounds in TCM and from our clinics with their diverse patient populations. This past summer I was honored and delighted to be the first recipient of our study in China scholarship. This trip gave me the opportunity to visit Shanghai and see how TCM is practiced in modern China.

I stayed at a hotel only a few blocks from the Shanghai Traditional Medicine Hospital where I attended Acupuncture shifts. I was also near the metro, so in the evenings and on days off I got to explore the gardens, museum, temples, shopping, and food of Shanghai.

At the hospital, I worked with Dr. Yang, his resident, and interns from China and other countries. I got to see treatments for a variety of conditions, which I can now incorporate in to my strategies with patients here. I also had the opportunity to practice needle moxa, cupping, and free needling with direction from Dr. Yang. Being in Shanghai gave me an understanding of the language challenges facing international students and an appreciation of how much we can learn from immersion in another culture. Everyone at the hospital was very kind and generous.

I would like to thank the Acupuncture Institute for selecting me and having taught me so well, and I’d like to thank Dr. Yang, his resident, and interns for their kindness and help.

Megan Ey, B.S. in Mass Communications and B.S. in Martial Arts Studies


“During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself.”

Looking for colleges was extremely important to my parents and myself when I was still in high school. Throughout my four years I was constantly looking at universities around the Northeast in search for a place I could call “home”, and after taking campus tours of UB five times, I fell in love. Looking at the faces of UB students around campus and touring with different Student Ambassadors left me starstruck and sure that I was going to go to the University of Bridgeport. Everyone I saw had a smile on their face and a warmth to them that I couldn’t explain until I was accepted and ready to go into my first year of college.

During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself. I have become an individual and my opinions do matter. In the Martial Arts Studies program I learned about Eastern Asia and how to cultivate myself both mentally and physically – a perfect balance of both – and I did better academically than I did when I was in high school. And even now, I know that adding the Mass Communications to my studies will make me a more well rounded person, while also making me a competitive candidate in the work force. But it wasn’t just academics that made me into the person I am today. Being a member of the Taekwondo Club and team, the Student Programming Board and Student Government Association has brought me to an entirely new level of understanding. The same could be said about the places I work on campus. I am now an Orientation Leader, Residential Assistant, and a Purple Knight Society Student Ambassador, all of which influenced me positively and made me love my university.

In short? I AM a Purple Knight.

Maria Donayre, B.S. in Dental Hygiene


“Fones School will provide with you with an excellent education, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

I loved UB primarily because of the dental hygiene program! Once I went to visit the school and got a tour from a faculty in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene I was in love… it was just a plus when I was told that UB held students from all over the world.

The program was challenging, I am not going to lie, but at the same time it pushed me to be the best I can be. While in the program, I did my summer internship in Miami (my home) at the local dental hygiene program. I was able to network with hygienist that later became my mentors, friends, and a great support to my career.

While in the program I was fortunate enough to be an ambassador of the school. One of the best experiences in my life was working for the admissions office. I am very happy that I came to UB, I received amazing opportunities here. While taking my last research class I was able to get more opportunities in publication. Fones School will provide with you with an excellent education, I wouldn’t change it for the world. The professors are all amazing and they all work hard to help you obtain the most knowledge as possible. Our clinic, at Fones, has state of the art equipment and it prepares you in every way possible!