Coming in as a freshman, the Experience360 Program opens up opportunities for students who are undecided.
As one of those students, Stephanie DelVento ’16 , used the hands-on experience opportunities at DelVal to challenge her to try new things and find the right career path for her.
DelVento was drawn to DelVal for the intimate classes and hands-on programs, and committed to the University because she knew she wouldn’t be “another faceless number lost in the crowd.”
She felt encouraged and received guidance by her classmates, as well as faculty and staff on campus, which helped her take an open approach to figure out her major.
DelVal is one of the few colleges in the country that requires an experiential learning component, individualized to each student’s major. Through experiences like career exploration, research, study aboard or civic engagement, students gain real-world skills that complement classroom learning, better preparing them for internships, graduate school and their careers.
DelVento has used the skills she gained in the classroom to find an internship with the Travis Manion Foundation in Doylestown, where she writes biographies of fallen soldiers to be featured in the “Fallen Heroes” section of their website.
“I learned that I must constantly push myself outside of where I am comfortable because that is how I learn new things and how I grow,” said DelVento.
She hopes to use her work experience on campus and at her internship to find the “perfect job” after she graduates and is particularly interested in working in the publishing industry after college.
DelVento has also been involved with clubs and organizations on campus since she came in as a freshman. Currently, she is editor/historian of Alpha Lambda Delta, a new honor society on campus, a Campus Media Representative for the Student Government Board, treasurer of Color Guard, and a Rambassador. She will also be writing for the Academic Affairs newsletter this semester.
“[At DelVal] I get the chance to put everything I am learning into motion,” said DelVento.