Deven Samson

SamsonMarketing in the real world
Deven Samson, even as a freshman, was making Alvernia a more dynamic university. During her first year of college, she started a Marketing and Communication Association, which has recently morphed into a student-run agency, Professional Edge Agency, that helps non-profit organizations in the greater Reading area work to develop their marketing presence. She hopes that the agency under her watchful eye, will grow over the next few years and start working with different student groups on campus and more organizations off campus.

Making it all count
When she’s not running around helping non-profits, Deven is doing her part to use her time around campus to help others and keep the Alvernia core values alive and thriving. Whether she’s working an event as a Student Ambassador, giving a tour to a prospective student, putting in hours as a work study, or doing community service with her Affinity Housing Group, A Serving U, Deven is always working to make Alvernia a better place.

When she’s not on campus, Deven keeps on with her marketing and volunteering efforts. She has been giving her time to help out at a preschool near her home since she was fourteen years old, where she says, “The best thing about volunteering at the preschool is just to see the happiness, joy, and carefree attitude of young children.” And if she’s not helping out the kids, Deven is out and about with the Philadelphia Union as a part of Major Molly’s Army, a promotional group for the soccer team.

Looking at the future with a smile
Like many college sophomores, Deven is not quite sure what she wants to do yet. She feels that she’s definitely in the right major, as she reflects on what she enjoys doing and states, “I absolutely love working with the agency. It’s something I’m really passionate about.”

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A National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study found that participating employers and recent college graduates agreed on the necessity of out of the classroom experiences. The study emphasizes the importance of providing students with important knowledge and skills but also experience putting that knowledge and skills to practical use in "real-world" settings.

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Seventy-six percent of participating employers put "teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings" at the top of their list of desired capabilities in new employees, according to a National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study. These are among the skills fostered by real-world learning experiences.

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Service learning is a method of providing personal and academic development through work with established nonprofit organizations in the community. It is an avenue to introduce students to a professional environment without the extensive commitments of an internship.

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Service learning provides ideal real world learning opportunities. According to SmartBlog on Leadership, doing volunteer and service work for a non-profit organization that is connected to your major or academic program of study helps develop leadership skills, expands your perspective of the world, allows you to discover new skills in a safe environment, and develops a larger network of real world contacts to draw upon once you graduate.

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Service learning can take you outside of your comfort zone, giving you an opportunity to work with new challenges, people, politics and interpersonal dynamics. It also offers new perspective on priorities. Hanging out with people who have had different life experiences encourages you to tackle challenges from different angles. Julie Zolfo, founder of Make Success Matter said that she volunteered for six weeks at the schools in New Delhi, India.

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"Alvernia's Career Development Center works with students to find avenues for employment, internships, co-ops, career exploration, resume development, and graduate school options. Center staff help students assess their options and identify their own "brand" to complement their life after Alvernia.

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A recent career fair at Alvernia attracted more than 55 employers who were seeking to hire employees, co-ops and interns for their organizations. Career fairs like this one are fertile ground for students seeking real world learning opportunities and to reap the benefits of such as employers look to to hire staff members who have honed their skills and abilities via practical experiences in real situations.

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Since its inception, Alvernia has offered real world opportunities with an emphasis on service and careers that help those in need. Field experiences in areas like criminal justice, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, health care science and teacher training among others provide our students with rich learning opportunities to test drive what it's like to work in that profession.

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In a recent American Association of Colleges and Universities survey of 302 employers, 79 percent said institutions of higher learning should emphasize helping students apply what they learn in real-world settings, and 66 percent said that completing an internship or community field project would help prepare students for success.