(Congrats Dominick) the first of many!

I usually do not have much of an excuse to leave Philly these days, but when I do I usually have a good reason. This past weekend I packed my luggage and drove back home to watch my older brother Dominick’s commencement ceremony at Millersville University. It was not only an important day for him but for my parents. Dominick’s graduation marks the first of my four siblings who have graduated from college. He graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration.

Dominick’s journey like all of us undergraduates had its highs and lows. After his freshman year on campus, he had returned home and commuted to Millersville his Sophomore year. I had thought when had returned home he would not be able to persevere through the adversity he had faced. In the face of adversity, Dom had the tenacity and resolve to overcome the challenges and struggles.

I wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life. I am so proud of you and can not wait to see what all you accomplish. Way to go!

“Peer Advisor Amato”

I had drafted a post two weeks ago titled “Shoot your Shot.” The theme of the post was no matter if you doubt yourself as a candidate or even on a deeper personal level shoot you shot and apply for positions. As confident as I always am I was nervous about applying for the job titled “Peer Advisor.” Over the summer and every break, many students like myself get jobs so that they can save money for the fall and even spring semesters. I applied knowing I needed to solidify my plans for over the summer.

I had my reservations about applying but those didn’t hold me back. I applied knowing that the work I had done over the semester to helped the Political Science Department would help me land the job.  Co-Chairing our department table at Experience Temple Day we welcomed prospective students and incoming freshman. In my mind, I thought that this experience was enough to land me the job. So I applied.


Fallen ILL? “Don’t worry Temple Cares.”

I want to continue using this platform to engage students who are nervous about coming to college. My topic this week is, “Fallen ILL? Don’t worry Temple Cares.” If you for whatever reason fall ill during your time at college, some students are going to tell you that some members of the faculty are very difficult to deal with when it comes to making up assignments. Their truth is further from my truth I just experienced. It is scary but it is only as scary as you make it.

My spring break this year had begun almost a week early. This time of year everyone should know that the flu is on the lose and very contagious.Especially in a densely populated area such as Temple.  Annually I always have gotten my flu shot thinking, “Get the shot and avoid becoming sick.” To my surprise weather, you receive the flu shot or not you are still susceptible to becoming ill. I had gone online to look for an appointment at Temple Health Services. Do not be surprised if you are unable to find an appointment for the week of your becoming ill. Many hundreds of students are experiencing the same thing and Temple Health can only handle so many students. Fortunately for myself, I was able to drive to a local urgent care be seen and get an excuse for the week. Faculty members are aware of the

It was just my luck that I had become ill the week of midterms and to my dismay, I wasn’t able to attend classes(for obvious reasons). For most students becoming ILL puts extra stress. The best way to handle any absence to immediately get in contact with your professors. The sooner they become aware of your illness the abler they are able to work with you to complete missing assignments. In the case of my absences, I had downloaded a scanner app, and I had scanned my excuse card and then forwarded it to all my professors. Within 24 hours they had contacted me back and I was able to arrange to make up my assignments.


Do not stress if you become ILL; Temple’s faculty has to and will work with you to make up your assignments!

Journey to become #TempleMade


I just would like to welcome everyone. I am creating this blog to share with my with incoming temple students. This is my journey to becoming #TempleMade.

My journey to becoming #templemade started with rejection. During my senior year of high school, I had fallen in love with Temple. My sister took the day off of work and had taken me into the city to go to an open house.  As soon as I walked onto it was love at first sight. Immediately after attending the open house I filled out the application and submitted it early. In my mind, if I submit the application early they would definitely see my ambition and determination to want to attend Temple. A month passes and a receive a response.

Temple had not fallen in love with me and I was immediately rejected. Like many potential college students who get rejected, I had to fall back onto my second choice, East Stroudsburg University. In my mind, me attending ESU was to establish a high college gpa, and to eventually transfer to Temple. I knew after my first semester at ESU, if I would want to pursue a Political Science degree that I would need to go to a college with a more developed and renowned program, such as Temple. The second semester arrives, and I begin sending out applications to transfer

Transfering to temple, it became evident of the many opportunities students can take advantage of. I can’t wait to have you follow along on my journey and help you with your journey to becoming #templemade!