By Samantha Zitzelberger, M. Ed., BCBA
I look back to what my answers were when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up; I would have never guessed I would end up in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis, known as ABA Therapy. My interest in becoming a marine biologist was fleeting, my voice ended up to not be that of a Grammy-award winning superstar, and as it turns out, being an actual forensic psychologist is different than what CSI portrays.
Through my undergraduate experience in New York, I worked part-time at a school for individuals with developmental disabilities as a substitute teaching assistant and waitressed at a restaurant on the weekends. At the school I worked with children ranging from 14-21 of age. The position was a substitute which gave me the wonderful opportunity to work with different children in all classrooms in the building each week. I eventually graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. I knew I wanted to work in the field of helping people, but was not sure what the next big step was. I applied to the Disney College Program during my last semester and attended the program that following fall. To me, not only was it a great resume builder; it gave me an extra four to five months before I had to figure out “adulting.”