Sahar Taravati, class of 2015
Sahar Taravati was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She is the first in her family to attend college.
What made you enroll in the Gerontology program at the SDSU School of Social Work?
Working with the elderly population has always been a passion of mine and when I saw that SDSU had such a program where it specialized in the study of aging and elderly then I knew that this was the right program for me. My expectations of the program were high but I was blown away by the staff and faculty that I had the pleasure of interacting with, everyone was so passionate about their work that it only made me more passionate and excited to enter into this field.
Describe your most memorable experience in the School.
The most memorable experience in the school would be all of my helpful and loving interactions that I had with my counselor Jessica Robinson, Jessica is one of the most caring people I have ever met and anytime I had any questions, issues and misunderstanding about something to do with my classes or even making sure I was on the track to graduation, she was there to help me. Another amazing quality about Jessica was that she was very easy to communicate with, anytime I would email her a question that I had within either a couple of hours or a day she would get back to me. Jessica has made my interactions with the School of Social Work so easy and a wonderful experience, I only hope I have a counselor to talk to like this when I head off to graduate school.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation my plans and hopes are that I will find a full time job in the field that I have been studying. I am also hoping that the internship that I am currently in, Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center, will be a starting point toward this goal. I also hope that after a year of working and gaining experience I will be able to apply to graduate school to receive my Master’s in Nursing and specialize in geriatrics.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
Some of my favorite aspects of the program would have to be the size of the program, since gerontology is a very up and coming major which many people do not know about it, causing the program itself to have very small numbers. With having a major with less then 50 students it allows me the opportunity to get to know people who are also avid about helping the elderly population, as well as being able to see the same faces each semester in all my classes.
Describe why you would recommend SDSU to potential students.
San Diego State University has more to offer then many of the other universities around this area. One of my favorite aspects of this school is the diversity it has. Each person has equal opportunity to be part of the school according to his or her interest, for example, if it’s sports you love, then we have many sports teams you can be part of. If you enjoy organized group activities with many people, making new friends, then it’s the Greek life you might participate in. Even if it’s just getting to know people, there are so many ways to get involved that no one should have an excuse. I love the spirit that you feel when on campus, everyone loves this school and they love to call themselves an SDSU Aztec!
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