Amanda Abdagic

Utica College Partnerships Program Alumni

When did you graduate high school, and which high school did you attend?
I am a 2013 graduate from Thomas R. Proctor High School

What are you up to now?
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree from Utica College I am now working towards my Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College.

How did you get involved with Liberty Partnerships?
If I’m remembering correctly the program found me. I remember being so upset about going to summer school that I cried. It only took 1 day for me to change my mind. This is my shoutout to the program: You guys are awesome and the work that you do makes such an impact on the lives of these students.

What are some of your favorite activities/programs that you did through Liberty Partnerships?
The list is truly endless. It ranges from subtle things like spending my study halls with the mentors to doing a summer internship at Utica College where I fell in love with the microbiology lab.

Describe how Liberty Partnerships shaped your life both in and out of the classroom.
I attribute the program to being a huge part of who I am today. The program supported me, mentored me, and believed in me during times when I needed it most. It pushed me when I wanted to quit and cheered when I didn’t. I met individuals who I can call my friends years later and received opportunities that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible. The Liberty Partnerships exposed me to volunteering (which I still do a lot of today) and taught me that success is achieved through hard work and dedication.

What are you most proud of?
I would have to say that I am most proud of where I am today. I have surpassed many personal obstacles in my life. There were times where self doubt didn’t let me believe that I could be successful. I am truly proud and honored to dedicate my future to helping individuals.

What advice do you have for current students?
Believe me when I tell you I can relate to everything you’re going through. You’re bored, frustrated, overwhelmed, and don’t see the benefits of everything right now. My best advice is to use the resources being given to you. As I approach the end of my college journey I realize how much I miss the people and help that I had in my past. With all of that being said you are responsible for where your life goes.
I’ll leave you with a quote I saw on a fitness app, ha-ha.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe