Melissa Montalvo, a psychology major and education minor from Bronx, NY, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, is planning a bright future as an Applied Behavior Analyst. She is putting her coursework to the test as an intern with Autism Learning Partners, going into families’ homes to work on behavior intervention techniques. She also interned with the Synergy Alternative High School where she worked with students during class activities.
Melissa has been a consistent presence in the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition. She began as a Peer Advisor, where she plays a crucial role in helping first year students adjust to college life and creates personalized success plans. Melissa acts as a mentor and easy-to-find campus resource for incoming students. One of her most personally challenging endeavors was the summer she spent as an Orientation Group Leader (OGL). Being an OGL brought Melissa out of her comfort zone, especially in terms of public speaking, but she rose to the occasion in order to help incoming students and their families feel welcome. Her mentorship abilities made her especially suited to host prospective students in the Golden Bear for a Day program.
Melissa has worked in a variety of assistant positions on campus including with Student Disability Services, the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition, and the Campus Center Information Center, as well being an Athletics Videographer for lacrosse practices and home games.
The experience that has been most impactful on Melissa was spending an entire semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Not only did she have the opportunity to explore Italy, Greece, Germany, and Spain, but she also immersed herself in their cultures and learned how to navigate the landscape despite language barriers. This enriching experience challenged Melissa’s beliefs, helped her interact with others in new ways, and gave her memories to last a lifetime.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and hopes to be able to travel, adopt a dog, and make new memories with her friends and family.