Amanda Canavatchel ’14
Before participating in the Winston Fisher Seminar in New York City, Amanda Canavatchel ’14 envisioned only two possible career paths: either going to medical school to become a physician, or attending graduate school to earn a Ph.D.
“By participating in the seminar, I hoped to explore other potential career paths, network with Syracuse University alumni, and most importantly, do something out of my comfort zone,” says the College of Arts and Sciences psychology and biology major. “As a student without any experience in the business industries, I hoped this would be an eye-opening experience.”
In fact, the weeklong immersion seminar in New York City was so rewarding that Canavatchel finds it difficult to choose which part she liked the best. “Every meeting we attended, the people we met, and every activity we participated in contributed to an awesome experience,” she says. “But if I had to choose one thing, I would say the most rewarding part of the seminar was hearing all the stories and advice the alumni had to offer. They all had such interesting paths to get to where they are today, gave insightful advice, and had strong connections to Syracuse University.”
As one of 13 students to take part in this year’s seminar, Canvatchel found bonding with the other students among her favorite things about the experience. “My fellow participants all began as students who did not really know each other,” she says. “But by the end of the seminar, I’m happy to say we all became very close. There is something about working toward a common goal together that will cause you to be fast friends.”
Canavatchel has high praise for everyone who put in so much time and effort to give the students an informative and successful seminar experience. “The alumni we met were very enthusiastic and willing to teach us, not only about their specific industry, but how to market ourselves to potential employers,” she says. “And of course, the seminar would not have been possible without the passionate Syracuse University staff and faculty who guided us throughout.”
The immersion inspired Canavatchel to consider a broader array of career choices, and gave her a renewed appreciation for her liberal arts education. “I learned how my education could transfer into almost any field I choose,” she says. “The alumni we met, including Winston Fisher himself, showed us just that. My coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences and my experiences as a Syracuse University student have provided me with invaluable critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills, which will benefit me greatly in any career path I choose.”