Daniel Schoon (BSED ’17, BS ’17), a College of Education (COE) young alumnus, is a data analyst at Advocate, an IT consulting firm he heard about through a COE career consultant. He helps clients save money on their technology investments, then invests those savings in other assets that can help accomplish their business goals.
Daniel learned many lessons during his time at UGA. He says that while he didn’t realize he was networking at the time, simply being involved as a COE ambassador and in school organizations allowed him to meet people and build valuable friendships, many of which he has been able to leverage for career opportunities. He learned time management skills, how to prioritize, and balance his life. “The College of Education opened my eyes to different opportunities and showed me the best way to showcase myself as a person and as an employee,” Daniel said. He also learned a pivotal lesson at Dawg Camp, where he had his first taste of responsibility in planning and running extended orientation. It taught him that college is a clean slate to be who you want to be, find your passions and pursue them.
While completing his undergraduate degrees, Daniel received four scholarships. Because of this funding, Daniel was able to pay off his student loans right out of college and is now in a position to give back to the university that supported him through his education. “I am very grateful and I haven’t forgotten. I want to give back to COE just as they gave to me when I was a student.” Daniel currently gives to the Mary Frances Early College of Education Endowment Fund, which will provide student scholarships and support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across campus. Marques Dexter (MS ’09), a current Ph.D. student studying sports management and policy, is now on the receiving end of a scholarship from the College of Education.