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Entering Academia: Professors inspire students to take path they themselves have taken

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="369"][/caption] Is it your dream to teach students one revel in academia? For some students at Seton Hall University, this is their dream. Miranda Hadjuk, a senior English honors and creative writing double major, said she is on track to one day become a professor. She said she hopes to start as a high school teacher, but someday obtain a PhD and become a professor. Hadjuk said she has very clear career goals and a positive attitude about what she wants to do in this career path. She said she feels strongly that the United States’ system of higher education has slipped and costs students more than it actually gives them. There is a loss of focus on the true meaning of higher education: self-discovery. “I would hope that, as a professor, I could help to correct this loss of focus through inspiring my students to discover their own voices,” Hadjuk said. Academia seems to be a bright future for Hadjuk, where she said she feels she can have an influence on the higher education system. “I want to help re-adjust the focus of higher-education in the US, even if I can only do so on a small scale, class by class,” she said. Noora Badwan, a senior English major with a history minor, said that Seton Hall has had a strong influence on her. Badwan said her experience working at the Writing Center has instilled in her a love of teaching and sharing ideas. Badwan added that many professors at Seton Hall have influenced her career path, especially Dr. Angela Weisl. Thomas Rondinella, professor of communications, said he did not find being a professor in his path, but it found him. “I never thought this was going to be a career path for me, I was a freelance filmmaker, and the vice president of another college suggested it to me,” he said. He began to teach in several schools and obtained a full-time position at SHU in 1996, according to the SHU website. Rondinella said he feels that his job is not only to educate, but to make sure students are expressing themselves in the clearest way. He added that his profession as a professor plays a larger role than simply educating. After receiving a degree, Rondinella recommends that future professors keep a foot in the professional world as well as teaching classes. He added that for students striving to become professors and deans, it is important to enlighten your teaching with the techniques and resources that the modern world provides. Erika Szumel can be reached at


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