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CEHS Ambassadors 2016–2017

Amber Maxfield

Amber Maxfield

Hi my name is Amber Maxfield and I am from Cache Valley. I am a senior majoring in Family, Consumer, and Human Development or FCHD. I am also working towards a Gerontology Certificate which is offered through my department for any USU major. As part of that, we have the Student Gerontology Association which provides professional Development and Service Opportunities in the community. That is just one of the clubs offered at USU. I love USU! I chose to come to USU because it's home and because of the amazing opportunities here. I love the faculty in our department and I had the opportunity to go to Sweden on a Study Abroad with faculty in my department. Our faculty also gives undergraduate students research opportunities and they are interested in our futures.  There are also many chances for hands on learning in my department. We have two on-campus Child Development Labs, a Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, and a Housing and Financial Counseling Clinic. Besides academics, I love to hike, snowboard, eat ice cream, and play. Utah State is the perfect place for me. GO AGGIES!>

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Chandler Benney

Chandler Benney

Hey! My name is Chandler Benney and I am majoring in Psychology here at Utah State University. I love my major and its department for many reasons. It is extremely interesting and useful in my everyday life, there is an endless amount of research opportunity, and the faculty is awesome. I chose USU mainly because of location. Logan is such a beautiful town and there is so much to do. Some of my favorites include attending yoga classes, hiking up Logan Canyon, and snowboarding. Another reason as to why I chose to attend USU is hearing about how much others liked the school. I now have the opportunity to spread that same word to prospective students; I couldn't ask for a better gift. GO AGGIES!

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Chandler Whitlock

Chandler Whitlock

Hello! I'm Chandler Whitlock, and I am double majoring in Health Science and Psychology. I graduated from Viewmont High School (Go Vikes!!) in 2013, and I've been at Utah State University ever since.

Two reasons why I love the College of Education and Human Services are 1) our college works hard to hire stellar faculty, and 2) how the college helps facilitate opportunities for students to participate in research. Many of the faculty members in the Health Education program have professional experience outside of academia. It's common that instructors discuss their professional experience in class. This insight allows myself and other students to appreciate how applicable the subject matter is. This insight provides context for the information that we're learning, and allows us to apply it to real life situations. I currently am working with a faculty member of the psychology department on independent research that will eventually lead to my honors thesis. It has been an amazing experience to learn about the fundamentals of conducting research from my supervisor. I've also seen how my friends are gaining valuable experience by working in other labs in our college. Especially for students interested in graduate school, research experience is a great way to develop your resume and to start preparing for what working as a graduate student will be like.

Utah State is an amazing school, and all students can find a home here in Logan. We encourage everyone to join the Aggie Family!

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JJ Whicker

JJ Whicker

Hello! My name is JJ, and I am proud to be an ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services. I am a student in the Doctor of Audiology program in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. I have been at USU now for 6 years, and I have developed a deep love for it. USU is highly ranked in many of it's programs across the nation, and even the world - specifically here in the College of Education and Human Services. The professors I've worked with have all been very accessible and easy to work with. I know that they are dedicated to my success, and to every students' success who comes to this University. USU is the place to be, and the College of Education and Human Services is, in my opinion, the best place to be at USU.

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Kandice Olson

Kandice Olson

 My name is Kandice Olson. I'm currently studying Psychology here at USU. I absolutely love what I'm studying! I have a huge passion for learning about human behavior and child development. The faculty and research opportunities have been the most beneficial things that I've gotten from being at USU. I originally chose USU because of the location and how beautiful it is here in Logan. The outdoor opportunities are endless!

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Lauren Saunders

Lauren Saunders

Hello, my name is Lauren Saunders! I have lived in Cache Valley my whole life and was basically born an AGGIE! One of the main reasons I chose Utah State was because of the beauty that surrounds it.There are so many outdoor activities to do and campus is so peaceful to walk around or to just sit and study. Currently, I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in music. I absolutely love USU and the Teacher Education program offered here. What I love most about the program is that it has you in actual classrooms right from the start. You gain hands on experience before student-teaching even has the chance to cross your mind. Also, the professors are highly qualified and have applicable/helpful advice. The College of Education is simply wonderful!

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Lynda Tobar

Lynda Tobar

I am Lynda Tobar! I am studying Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMD) with a major in Speech Pathology and a minor in FCHD. I am from a small town in southern California called Yucaipa, and I graduated from Yucaipa High School in 2015. Not only is the COMD program highly esteemed, but my favorite thing about the program are the people in it. The professors, the advisors, and all other staff are all so welcoming and they prove to you that they want to do all they can to help you succeed. One of the main things that drew me to this program is the hands-on opportunities you can have even as an undergrad, these experiences are unique to Utah State and they allow you to start applying what you are learning in real life situations. I chose to come to Utah State because it is where I felt the most at home. USU offers an excellent student experience while still ensuring that you are being challenged academically. I love how proud everyone is to be an Aggie, and the amazing support this university gets. It truly is an amazing place to be and I am blessed to be apart of it.

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Mimi Ferre

Mimi Ferre

My name is Myriam Ferre, but my friends call me Mimi. I am a senior this year and will be graduating in elementary education. I chose Utah State because of the wonderful atmosphere and community you feel up here. I stayed here at Utah State because the elementary education program is the best in the state and the program allows for a lot of real-world experiences. With Edith Bowen Lab School right next door, I find myself teaching and observing often which has given me such amazing hands-on experiences. I love the career I chose and Utah State has made it fun and given me endless opportunities to succeed. Find your passion and pursue it! 

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Riley Fraser

Riley Fraser

I’m Riley Fraser, a junior studying Elementary and Special Education here at USU. I’m from Columbus, Georgia, and I chose to come to USU because I got the alumni waiver since my parents went here. As far as choosing a major, I had meetings with multiple colleges to do some major exploration, but Elementary Ed was the first to get me in. Once I was there they told me Elementary Ed is ranked 24th in the nation, and Special Ed is 17th. Special Education graduates have 100% job placement after graduation, and the need for quality teachers is high! There are plenty of reasons to choose other majors, but nothing beats the joy of watching kids realize their worth as they learn concepts they once thought were impossible. The programs are rigorous, but they get you in the classroom from day one working with real students, all with he goal of helping you become become the best teacher you can.

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Sadie Nielsen

Sadie Nielsen

Hi! My name is Sadie Nielsen. I'm a Math and Statistics Education Major in Secondary Education. I really enjoy studying math and education because I have the opportunity to use some of the skills and talents that I've developed to help other people. Utah State is a great place to study because there are so many opportunities to practice what you learn. Honestly, every time I teach, I learn something new myself! Also, there are a lot of scholarships available, particularly for future teachers. And last, but not least, the people that you meet, especially in the College of Education and Human Services, are what make your college experience great. I hope you can dive in and make the most of the great opportunities at Utah State!

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