Voices of CSE

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The College's close-knit and supportive environment encourages students to develop their own, unique identities. Some hope to become pioneers in their field or the first in their families to graduate from college; others strive to give back to their communities or overcome physical disabilities.

While each student has an individual story to tell, together they form the Voices of CSE.

Gregory Beaubrun, '20

"The College of Saint Elizabeth is known for its culture of acceptance," says Gregory Beaubrun, '20, president of CSE's Student Government Association (SGA). "Our small, welcoming community allows everyone to find their voice."

Since coming to CSE, Beaubrun has worked tirelessly to help foster an even more inclusive environment for students. As the head of SGA, Beaubrun oversees the operation of every club on campus to ensure every student feels comfortable in their own skin.

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Danielle Crosson, '20

Human trafficking, corruption, and fraud – these topics are typically reserved for the subject of evocative headlines. However, Danielle Crosson, '20, spent eight weeks fighting these serious crimes with the Newark division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As part of the FBI's prestigious Honors Internship Program, Crosson was able to work on real, time-sensitive cases.

"In most internships, students spend a lot of time shadowing someone else without too much hands-on experience," explains Crosson, a double major in both psychology and criminal justice. "However, just a day after orientation I was analyzing bank records, watching surveillance videos and conducting data analysis."

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Deja Ingram, '19

Deja Ingram, '19, has been playing basketball since she was just eight years old. While she excelled in the sport all throughout high school, her confidence wavered when contemplating playing collegiately.

"I was so worried that I wouldn't perform well in college that I lost my love for playing ball," explains Ingram. "But meeting the players and coaches at CSE encouraged me to keep going."

Fortunately for the Eagles, Ingram's passion returned and her talent on the court has grown exponentially.

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Garrett Valentino, '20

Garrett Valentino, '20, can't remember a time when he wasn't working. By the age of 13, he was regularly coaching younger children in a variety of sports. Inspired by his godfather, who passed away a few years ago, Valentino strives to combine his love of sports with his strong work ethic.

Valentino's willingness to collaborate and dedication to advancing his career has enabled him to succeed at the College of Saint Elizabeth. As a business administration major, Valentino immediately recognized the importance of networking in his industry. This led him to apply to CSE's mentoring program and, once accepted, he was connected with Colleen Bryson, '03, the vice president for client success at EverythingBenefits.

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Songwon Oh, '19

Songwon Oh, '19, was a junior in high school when she became legally blind. After suffering unexpected retinal detachment in both of her eyes, Oh's sight was irreparably damaged.

"There are so many negative perceptions about people with disabilities. Sometimes society deems us incapable and incompetent," says Oh. "But people with disabilities are just human beings who have a different way of navigating our world. That doesn't mean we aren't capable of accomplishing anything we want in life."

Inspired by the support and assistance she received immediately after losing her sight, Oh decided to pursue a degree in sociology from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

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Moises Garcia, '20

Moises Garcia, '20, plans on being the teacher he needed most during elementary school.

"Far too often, students don't have a teacher that they feel comfortable going to for help,” explains Garcia. "I want to connect with students, provide them with practical experiences and challenge them to think beyond the textbook."

Next spring, Garcia will become the first male to graduate as an educator from CSE’s traditional undergraduate program.

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Angelica Villatoro, '20

"My dad is from El Salvador and always dreamed of attending college. However, in order to support his younger siblings, he moved to the U.S. and began working instead," says Angelica Villatoro, '20, who will be the first on her father's side to graduate from college. "He wants me to be the one to break the cycle."

Aware of her father's sacrifices, Villatoro has always felt a personal responsibility to succeed in her education. This led her to study biology at the College of Saint Elizabeth in hopes of becoming either a physician assistant or a nurse.

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Jason Saldiveri, '20

Jason Saldiveri, '20, never planned on attending college. In fact, the topic was never even discussed in his household growing up. After graduating high school, Saldiveri just assumed he would follow in his biological mother's footprints and enter the workforce.

However, his mindset began to change when he was adopted by close family friends at the age of 16.

"I was adopted during my junior year of high school and would overhear my [adoptive] mother talking to my sister about college," explains Saldiveri. "She never forced it on me, but I started to learn about the possibility of getting my degree from her."

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