Senior Profile: Emily Camizzi

(photo courtesy of Emily Camizzi)

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

I am a social work major and a psychology and sociology minor.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Since freshman year, I have been a mentor at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

At McDaniel, I have been a part of Phi Mu Fraternity since my freshman year. While in Phi Mu, I have been the Ritual Chairman and the Honor Committee Chairman. I also belong to Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, and Alpha Kappa Delta honor societies. Recently, I helped create a new club on campus called, McDaniel Agents of Change, and was the treasurer of the club.

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

I have definitely enjoyed my time at McDaniel and I am thankful for the many memories I have made here. I think one of my favorite things about McDaniel is the campus.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

I have had many mentors while I’ve been here, however, I think my best mentor was Professor Young. She has always taken the time to talk with me and helped me figure out the next steps in my college career and life.

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

My favorite memory at McDaniel was joining my sorority. I remember bid day like it was yesterday and running home to my sisters. I have had a great experience and I know that I will forever stay connected with my sisters.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

The transition back to campus after the height of COVID-19 was very difficult. I was home all of my junior year and coming back to campus my senior year was exciting, but also daunting. It was weird to be back at first, but then everything fell into place.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be attending Boston University in the fall to pursue my masters in social work.

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

 I would tell myself to have fun and make memories, but also have time to relax. I remember freshman year feeling a lot of pressure to do well and if I could go back, I would be more calm. Everything works out in the end and it’s important to stay true to yourself.

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

I see myself in 10 years eliciting change and helping to reduce social issues. I want to further my education so that I can help others and I know that in my career I will achieve this. There are many issues in our society that need to be addressed and I want to be at the table when policies are being created and change is occurring. Although I am not 100% sure where my career will take me, I know that I will use my knowledge and education to create systemic change.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Being a student during COVID-19  has been an interesting experience. I miss going to class without masks and having a “normal” college experience. However, I’m happy that things are getting back to normal and that the weather is getting warmer.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

I have had a great past four years here and I am so thankful to have had the opportunities that I did. I’m definitely going to miss walking around campus and seeing all of my professors. McDaniel is a special place and I’m happy that I was able to call it home for the past four years.