Eric St. Amand '15

Eric St. Amand '15 - Fire Science Administration 

The University of New Haven does a great job in preparing us academically for some of the new and upcoming technologies used in the fire science field. I know my degree is preparing me to take on a leadership role in Fire Science.

Why did you choose the University of New Haven?

When I was a freshman in high school I joined my junior fire department. It was during that time I realized this was definitely the career for me. I looked at a wide variety of schools and found that Fire Science was not necessarily a popular major. With this being said, the first time I stepped onto the University of New Haven campus, I completely fell in love with the community atmosphere. After meeting with members of the Fire Science department, I realized there is definitely a unique group of faculty here, and they have a lot of experience in the field.

What was the hardest part about making the transition from high school to the University of New Haven?

I think going from being in class 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. in high school to being in class any time of the day in college was a little bit of an adjustment for me. At the University of New Haven, I also learned I would have to do a lot of the work on my own in order to prepare for certain courses. At the same time, I felt as though working with other students in the Fire Science Living Learning Community (LLC) was incredibly beneficial to my success.

What do you like most about the University of New Haven? Or in your opinion, what is the greatest feature of the University of New Haven?

I feel that the size of the school is pretty unique. I looked at other schools that were larger and some that were smaller. The University of New Haven has the advantages of the small class size, but it is not so small where you know every person on campus. This created the perfect academic and social atmosphere for me!

What extracurricular clubs and organizations are you involved in?

I am currently the Sargeant at Arms for the Fire Science Club and President of A-Team. I am a member of the EMS Club, Habitat for Humanity and I am the Orientation Co-Chair.

What are your plans for the future?

I recently received an internship being the Deputy Emergency Management Director for the town of Middlefield. Long term career goals: I definitely want to be a career fire fighter some day in a larger city. I’m torn between moving up to a Chief Officer and working for FEMA after college. Coming to the University of New Haven opened my eyes to a wide variety of Fire Science careers.

What is your favorite University of New Haven tradition?

Being a Fire Science major, the Fire Science Banquet is definitely my favorite tradition of the University. It’s not only for Fire Science majors, but has a focus on celebrating the outgoing Fire Science Club Executive Board and allowing the new E-Board to take over for the next academic year. This is actually a cool tradition for the Fire Science Club because not many clubs on campus get to have their own banquet at the end of the year.

Do you have any advice for students and their families interested in the University of New Haven? 

Choose a college that makes you feel comfortable. But above anything: get involved. If you get involved you’re going to want to go to class and participate, and you’ll have things to look forward to at the end of the day when all of your academics are done. You’ll not only make friends and learn from these clubs and organizations, but you’ll have the opportunity to become a leader.

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