Keys to the Future

December 15 2016
Category: Admissions

Gold Keys

The Gold Keys are soaring with knowledge when it comes to Elmira College. Over the past few weeks, they’ve shared with us some of their favorite traditions, faculty members and spots on campus. Time at Elmira can seem just as fast as the tour, so how are students prepared for what comes after Elmira?

This week’s feature is dedicated to the senior Gold Keys as they finish up their last Term I here at Elmira College, and are almost ready to take flight. The senior Gold Keys have mastered the walk backwards, they have traveled on Term III trips, and have completed internships.

Below, they share the key experiences that they will take with them after Elmira, such as Term III travel abroad experiences, internships, and how Elmira has helped them grow personally, and professionally.

Term III

“I traveled my first year to the Bahamas. It was amazing! I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience fieldwork and create my own mini research project. I liked getting the chance to learn something in the classroom, then immediately going out and putting our knowledge to use.” - Monica Matt

“I traveled my freshman year to Ireland and the United Kingdom. This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only was I able to expand my knowledge on the history and culture native to this area, I was also able to create many new friendships with amazing people. Traveling is something I love to do; spending a month exploring another country was something I will never forget.” - Laura Pantano 

“I traveled to the United Kingdom and Ireland during my freshman year with Professor Wolfe. It was the best decision I've ever made. I've never really liked history and getting to travel and experience all that Europe had to offer has really sparked my interest. We spent 27 jam-packed days seeing all that Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England had to offer. It has given me lifelong friends and really has made me want to go back as soon as I can!” - Miranda Stephens

“I went to Greece and Turkey during Term III of my sophomore year. It was one of the best experiences of my life. During this time I experienced new cultures, visited countless mosques, museums, and ancient cities. I even had the chance to go cliff-diving and ride in a hot air balloon.” - Jared Smith


“I worked at the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery, affiliated with the University of Maryland, over the summer of 2015. This was a pivotal experience in my academic career. I always knew that I enjoyed marine biology, but would have never guessed that I cared so much about oysters (of all organisms). Through this experience I knew that I wanted my future studies and career to be focused on aquaculture and oyster conservation.” - Monica Matt

“This coming term, I will be completing my internship at an elementary school in Corning. There I will be working with a speech language pathologist and different children in the school. I am excited to learn and work in a new environment!”  - Miranda Stephens

“I actually obtained this internship on my own by contacting my pediatrician and simply asking him to shadow. I did an internship in my hometown where I was able to see and diagnose patients with my pediatrician, and get a better understanding of what it is like to be a healthcare professional. This experience further solidified that I want to do nothing else with my life but take care of children.” - Jared Smith

“I obtained my internship through faculty. I will be doing my final nurse preceptorship during my last six weeks at Elmira on a medical/surgical floor where I will work directly with a nurse preceptor and complete a total of 200 hours on the floor.”  - Michaela Wright


“Being a Gold Key has allowed me to share the Elmira College community that I fell in love with to potential students. On a professional basis, being a Gold Key has helped me develop my speaking skills.” - Monica Matt

“Being a Gold Key has truly allowed me to advance my communication skills. Speaking with families and just interacting with them is a great opportunity. This experience has allowed me to utilize resources to find answers. Often, families will ask questions that I do not know the best answer to. Using the admission counselors and seeking this information has been a great tool to develop my skills.”  - Laura Pantano 

“It’s really helped me grow my ability to communicate with people that I do not know. It’s increased my public speaking confidence immensely.”  - Steven Kline

“I would say that I’m generally a shy person I’ve learned to come out of my shell and how to get to know people on a personal and professional level.” -  Miranda Stephens

“I have become more confident and competent in talking to people I have never spoken to before. I can walk up to just about anyone and start a conversation. I feel that I can sell myself much more and I have much better people skills.”  - Elizabeth Gleason

“I have been given the opportunity to meet and converse with people from all different backgrounds. Throughout this time I have also improved my personal skills which I think will help me along my intended career path.” - Jared Smith