Sandy Stewart, B.S. in General Studies, Business Concentration



Alumni

“Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person.”

Starting the IDEAL program is one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I am learning, meeting new people and growing into a better person. I am broadening my horizons and preparing myself for a better and brighter future.

I was in a great job position for a few years and I got laid off unexpectedly. Every interview I went on they were asking for a college degree. My experience did not hold enough value. This is when I decided to go back to college and the UB IDEAL program was the best place for me.

You are in a good place with IDEAL, but most importantly the right place. The people are very caring, loving and understanding. The advisors are the absolute best.

I recommend the IDEAL program to my friends all the time to complete their undergraduate degree. It’s awesome!

Rayon Bernard, B.S. in Human Services and B.S. in Psychology



Alumni

“The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family.”

The IDEAL program is great for me. It allows me to attend school and further my education and also afford me time to spend with my family, especially my wife.

The IDEAL staff is like family. They treat me with love and respect and are always there. The classes are small and conducive to the family atmosphere.

After the completion of my first semester in IDEAL I realized that it wasn’t going to be as scary as I thought it would be.

I strongly believe in education. In the work that I do and the importance that I stress to my children I see the IDEAL program as such a benefit to complete an education with family and work life. IDEAL is helping me to not only better my life, but to stand as a shining example to my children and students.

Rakel Hinriksdottir, B.A. in Graphic Design



Alumni

“UB gave me just what I wanted—a chance to build a solid graphic design portfolio and play sports at the college level.”

Personally, I’ve had a great experience here at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design and I’m a little sad it’s over. UB gave me just what I wanted—a chance to build a solid graphic design portfolio and play sports at the college level. (I was captain of the soccer team and we qualified for the NCAA Championship tournament!) I’m ready to find my first job as a graphic designer.

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Quan Zhang, M.A. in Global Media and Communication Studies



Alumni

“My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues.”

Why did you select UB’s Global Media and Communication Studies?
I want to be a journalist that reports on international issues, and UB offers a program that matches well with my career objectives.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues that I had not previously considered.

Tell us about your classroom experiences:
The academic environment at UB is very good, and the professors are skilled and knowledgeable.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I want to be a journalist, maybe for a non-government organization.

Fun Facts

Hometown: China

Education before UB
BA, Linguistics, Communication University of China, Beijing
Experiences before UB
I worked as a copywriter at a design company for a year after receiving my undergraduate degree.

Languages
Chinese, English

Pranaya Rana, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.”

Haiti Earthquake Recovery Internship

I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010. This opportunity was possible due to a special arrangement from the Nepalese Army Headquarters. I participated in the mission representing the Nepalese Army and it also served as an Internship for my Master’s program.

My Peacekeeping Experience

I was assigned to work with both the Nepalese contingents and also with other Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ. The major activities in the mission were as follows: Foot Patrolling, Vehicle Patrolling, VIP Escorting, Installation Security, Food and non-food items distribution, and IDP Camp security.

Apart from my duties within the boundaries of the Mission, I also conducted my own research about the post-earthquake scenario in Port-au-Prince by interviewing the Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ, by interviewing locals with the help of translators and some government officials. I also gathered information about the conflict in Haiti and the political instability.

I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Phoebe Patterson, B.S. in International Business



Alumni

“I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water.”

I like that UB is a small school where everyone knows everyone else. The campus is a very peaceful atmosphere, being right on the water. But peaceful doesn’t mean boring. There’s always something to do. I’m involved in the ASA [African Studies Alliance] and I sing in the choir. If every experience is what you make of it, then I’ve made quite a lot out of mine.

Hometown: Queens, NY

Pedro Santos,B.S. in General Studies, Business Concentration



Alumni

“The IDEAL program is giving me a better prospective for a better future and career change.”

The IDEAL program is giving me a better prospective for a better future and career change.

The faculty and classmates are assisting me by providing their personal knowledge and insight along with their own views to enrich my education.

I learned of the IDEAL program through a former co-worker, Leonora Lillie. In being in the IDEAL program I can make a change and a difference by gaining my degree. You can, too.

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Patrico Larriva, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose this program because of my career objectives to one-day work for either the government or a NGO. I knew it would prepare me well for my future to help solve real world issues.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I truly enjoy the cultural diversity and the respect that I see between students of varied backgrounds. There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.

What have you learned from your classroom experiences?
I have experienced so much personal growth at many different levels thanks to the experiences that I have had in the classroom.

Do you have plans following graduation?
I see myself working for the government back in my home country of Ecuador, or perhaps working for an international organization.

Fun Facts

Home country: Ecuador

Education before UB
BA, Economics with minor in Business Management Administration, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Internship experience
Princess Sumaya University, Amman, Jordan

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Member of School Board, Ecuador
Model UN, Member of Delegation from University of Bridgeport, New York

Languages
Spanish, English

Min Liu, M.A. in Global Development and Peace, B.A. in Mass Communication



“I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace program?
After receiving my BA from University of Bridgeport, I was introduced to this program by my advisor.  After speaking to GLDP alumni, I was convinced that it was the natural next step for me to take.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy the diversity of the student body.  I find my classmates to be engaging and active thinkers.  Also, students are willing to help each other, creating a supportive environment.

How has UB helped you grow?
The classroom experiences are full of challenges, which encourages me to work hard and my knowledge base has grown so much.  Also, I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.

Do you have plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a teaching position, and I know that my degree from UB will help me to fulfill this goal back in my home country.

Fun Facts

Previous Education 
B.A., Mass Communication, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Employment Experience
University of Bridgeport, English Language Institute, Office Assistant, Bridgeport, Connecticut
AHEC Connecticut Collegiate Health Service Corps, Volunteer, Connecticut
Beijing Quishi Vocational School, International Office and Training Department, China
Chaoyang District of Beijing, Marketing Intern, China

Awards and/or major achievements
Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient
Fellowship, Lambda Pi Eta

Languages
Chinese, Japanese, English

Meghan Gonik, M.S.Ac. in Acupuncture



Alumni

“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.