Student Spotlights

FAU graduate student Daren Pikul
Darren Pikul
ELRM - Higher Education Leadership

 

COLLEGE:

FAU College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and  Research Methodology.

MAJOR:

Master’s in Higher Education Leadership

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

Director of the FAU Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA). The GPSA Director serves as FAU’s internal and external representative for the graduate student body.

ONE THING EVERY FAU STUDENT SHOULD EXPERIENCE:

Truthfully, every FAU student’s experience is going to be way different based on their own unique preferences. The one universal thing every FAU student should experience though is excelling in and outside of the classroom, and walking across the graduation stage at commencement when their time has come!

ADVICE FOR FELLOW STUDENTS:

Take every opportunity you can, whether it ranges from signing up for a research project to attending an event put on by your department or the College of Education. You are only a student for a small fraction of your entire life, and you want to take that time to not only learn as much as you can but you also want to make an impact on your peers and/or faculty.

Grad student Gabe Pena
GABRIEL PEÑA
COE COUNSELOR EDUCATION

Gabe is involved in research on the therapeutic alliance between counselor and therapist.

COLLEGE:

FAU College of Education, Department of Counselor Education

MAJOR:

Mental Health Counseling

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

I wasn’t a part of any clubs or organization. I am a member of Dr. Peluso’s Alliance Lab. We’re conducting research on the therapeutic alliance between counselor and therapist. I’m currently in grad school but I first joined the lab in Spring 2013 when I was just an undergraduate student, and this is about the extent of my “extracurricular” activities.

ONE THING EVERY FAU STUDENT SHOULD EXPERIENCE:

At least one football game; walking through the breezeway and being bombarded with brochures; the foam party; and pulling an all-nighter by studying in one of the classrooms (don’t know if this is still do-able).

ADVICE FOR FELLOW STUDENTS:

Don’t dread on FAU being a smaller school or not having what other universities have. Make the most of what you have because at the end of the day, a degree is a degree regardless of where you get it from. And you’re paying to be here so really make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth and putting in the work. And on a more serious note, show up early for class so you can find parking without being late.

Brianna Joseph
Brianna Joseph
College Of Education

COLLEGE:

College of Education, Department of Exceptional Student Education

MAJOR:

Doctorate in Exceptional Student Education.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

Brianna serves as Project I Squared Project Grant Supervisor. She is currently a Holmes Scholar and a Holmes Scholars Social Media Coordinator. She is also a Council for Exceptional Children, FAU Chapter CAN representative.

ONE THING EVERY FAU STUDENT SHOULD EXPERIENCE:

A FAU football game

ADVICE FOR FELLOW STUDENTS:

“Take advantage of the resources at FAU that will allow you to improve as a student and progress towards being successful in your career field.”