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Finding My Passion

by Olivia Madore on November 1, 2021
Finding My Passion

Olivia is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. Ed in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. She works in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management as a graduate assistant.

When it was time for me to start looking into colleges, my mom suggested we visit Niagara. I always thought that I would go to UB with all of my friends from high school, but after stepping foot on campus, I knew I was home. The atmosphere, the people, everything; I knew this was where I was meant to be.

I decided to pursue a degree in Communications and Media studies during my undergrad because I was always into video production and social media management. While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to work with the Ridge Report, a club on campus that created news segments at various points every semester. I also had the opportunity to serve in the Niagara University Student Government Association for three years by managing our social media accounts and creating posters for our events. But, my favorite memory and opportunity I had was being able to serve as an Orientation Leader for 2 summers, where I was fortunate enough to meet some of my best friends.

Halfway through my junior year, I had a conversation with my dad about what I was going to do after I graduated. We had a long conversation about whether I should continue the path I was on or pursue a new one. This is when I came to the realization that I wanted to be a teacher. As much as I loved what I was doing, I knew that it wasn't something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but I ended up completing and receiving a BA in Communications and Media Studies in May of 2021.

When it came time to think about where I wanted to go for grad school, I knew I wanted to stay at Niagara. The program is amazing and I had the opportunity to start early. Due to the fact that I was a semester ahead in credits, I decided to begin taking classes for my Master's degree while still completing my undergrad (Accelerated 4+1 masters program). Since I was able to start early, I am able to graduate in May of 2022 with my MS. Ed in Early Childhood/Childhood Education.

As I'm completing my degree, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. I have gotten the ability to work on our college website, help plan college-wide events, and work with some amazing people.

I have to thank Niagara so much. I've made great connections, found my path, and met the best people I could ever ask for. NU, I wouldn't be the person I am without you.

For more information on the M.S. Ed Early Childhood/Childhood Education program, please contact us or call 716.286.8336.