Olivia Harris

Childhood Education / Special Education

The instructors here are genuinely dedicated in helping you achieve success in your future teaching career and I can't imagine where I would be today or how prepared I would feel if I hadn't chosen to attend Daemen.

What was your reason for coming to Daemen College?

I chose Daemen for a few different reasons. One, Daemen’s small class sizes were perfect for my learning needs. Two, Daemen’s family like environment made me feel like more than just a number to administrators and professors. Three, I knew that my program was one of the best and that I would be fully prepared to enter the professional world when I graduate.

What do you aspire to be after college/ what are your career plans?

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to make an impact in people’s lives and the only way I knew how to do that was to become an educator. So far, this program has provided me with countless in class opportunities that have given me a firsthand look at what it really takes to be a teacher.  The classes in the Education Department have taught me how to write lesson plans, how to implement them in a variety of culturally diverse classrooms and I have learned a multitude of classroom management tactics.

Please describe your impressions of Daemen College?

As soon as I first stepped foot on campus I fell in love. It’s small and beautiful atmosphere was extremely welcoming. Then I met my professors and instantly felt like I mattered to them. The instructors here are genuinely dedicated to helping you achieve success in your future teaching career and I can't imagine where I would be today or how prepared I would feel if I hadn't chosen to attend Daemen.

Tell us about your life outside of academics? Clubs, sports, hobbies, things to around Buffalo, NY.

Outside of academics, I am involved in our Special Education Honorary, Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, Education Club and I am also a social media promoter through Daemen Life. I love to go to Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits games as well as attend shows at Sheas Performing Arts Center. Also, I love trying out the various “Buffalo Native” restaurants and immersing myself in Buffalo culture.

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning, or academic experience, Academic festival or research you are working on or have worked on in the past?

So far, this program has provided me with countless in class opportunities that have given me a firsthand look at what it really takes to be a teacher. I’m getting the opportunity to teach countless lessons to a variety of students and getting the necessary experience I need to be successful.