Category: Students


Read stories, issue briefs, op-eds, and more by or about Neag School current students.

Jessica Wang

Class of 2022 Senior Profile: Jessica Wang

May 2, 2022

“I chose UConn because of the amazing environment I first experienced on Admitted Students Day. It was incredible to witness, and I knew that this was my school. I wanted to be a part of a community close, spirited, and engaging community, and this school has provided everything like that for me. This community provided so many different opportunities that allowed me to grow as a leader and person. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and have been rewarded in the form of many lifelong friendships and memorable experiences. I am so grateful I chose UConn as my school and community for the past four years,” says graduating senior Jessica Wang ’22 (ED).


Tim Tamallanca

Class of 2022 Student Profile: Timothy Tamallanca

April 29, 2022

“I chose UConn because I felt from my first time walking on Campus that UConn was the place for me. In 2017, I remembered I came to Storrs as a high school student to shadow a Husky for the day, and it was a torrential downpour. I was with my mom, and we had no idea how to get to the Student Union from the North Parking Garage. We could barely see the map, and a UConn student went out of her way to stop and ask if we needed help in the pouring rain. This moment illustrates the strong sense of community you feel when you walk onto UConn’s campus. No matter what, there’s always someone to help you if you need it!! The choice to be a part of Husky Nation was the best decision I made in my entire life,” says graduating master’s student Timothy Tamallanca ’20 (ED), 22 MA.


Anamaria Sousa

Class of 2022 Student Profile: Anamaria Sousa

April 28, 2022

I chose UConn because of the IB/M program that the Neag School offers. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in four years and my master’s degree in one. Basketball is also my favorite sport, and what better than to go to school in the basketball capital of the world,” says graduating master’s student Anamaria Sousa ’20 (ED), ’22 MA.


Kaitlyn McGuire

Class of 2022 Student Profile: Kaitlyn McGuire

April 28, 2022

“I knew that the Neag School of Education had a nationally recognized teacher prep program. Additionally, the special education program is filled with top faculty in their fields of research, and I was so excited to learn from their expertise. Not only did I attend for the academics, but I knew that in Storrs, I could be free to challenge myself through my extracurriculars,” says graduating master’s student Kaitlyn McGuire ’20 (ED), ’22 MA.


Madison Levine

Class of 2022 Student Profile: Madison Levine

April 27, 2022

“I chose UConn because I wanted to go to a big school with many opportunities and groups of people. Also, knowing that I was going into education, UConn was the perfect fit with an integrated bachelor’s and master’s program,” says graduating master’s student Madison Levine ’20 (ED), ’22 MA.


Lucas Knight-Vezina

Class of 2022 Senior Profile: Lucas Knight-Vezina

April 27, 2022

“UConn was my first-choice college because of its school of education. I was very impressed by the Neag School of Education and thought it would be the perfect fit as I pursued a degree in secondary English education. I grew up in Tolland, Connecticut, so I was also fortunate enough that I was 20 minutes away from my hometown, giving me enough independence but the convenience of a quick drive home when I needed a home-cooked meal,” says graduating senior Lucas Knight-Vezina ’22 (ED), ’23 MA.


Tyler Gleen

Class of 2022 Student Profile: Tyler Gleen

April 26, 2022

“I chose to come to UConn because it offered academics and extracurriculars that fit my needs to be successful. In high school, I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to run track at a competitive level and to be able to continue that into college. However, I also knew that I wanted to become a teacher, and so I wanted to attend a university that supported both ambitions. UConn had a competitive track team and had one of the top education programs around. I also didn’t want to be too far from my hometown,” says graduating master’s student Tyler Gleen ’21 (ED), ’22 MA.


Larrese Folk

Class of 2022 Senior Profile: Larrese Folk

April 26, 2022

“I came to UConn because it was the best financial decision. I knew I didn’t want my mom paying for my education. So, with the scholarships I earned and the money I was receiving, I decided to come here,” says graduating senior Larrese Folk ’22 (ED).


Zene Charlton

Class of 2022 Senior Profile: Zene Charlton

April 25, 2022

“I chose UConn because it is almost a no-brainer to apply due to being someone who’s lived in Connecticut for a large chunk of my life, but it is also synonymous with producing great teachers through the Neag School of Education,” says graduating senior Zene Charlton ’22 (ED).


Bryan Carrera

Class of 2022 Senior Profile: Bryan Carrera

April 25, 2022

“I came to UConn because I’ve heard so many great things about UConn. My high school Band teacher went to UConn and spoke great things about it. When I came up to visit and shadow a student, I saw the countless possibilities and opportunities right before me and thought I could thrive the best here compared to other schools,” says graduating senior Bryan Carrera ’22 (ED).