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Wayne Holstine

Major:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Year:
Spring 2014
BDP Certificate:
Children & Society
“I am now able to view challenges from different perspectives and think more critically about how to solve them.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

Since graduating from UT, I was hired at BookSpring to help manage our book giveaway programs. BookSpring is a local literacy nonprofit that helps provide transformative experiences between children and adults through books. In the next year or so I plan on enrolling in graduate school to pursue a degree in either nonprofit management or reading and literacy.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

Through my BDP I was able to take courses that gave me a better understanding about children that directly impacted my career. There were two classes in particular that I was able to take because of this program that influence how I do my job: Children’s Literature and Child Psychology. They helped me better understand the clients I would be working with. The skills I learned through my BDP experience help me better serve the community I work with.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

The thing I value most about the Bridging Disciplines Program was the doors that it opened for me. The program allowed me to take classes that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to take in my major. I was able to learn so much more about the field I was passionate about and build skills that I’ve been able to carry over into my career.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

Interdisciplinary education gave me a broader view of my passions that I would not have gotten otherwise. I would not have discovered my desire to help build children’s literacy skills without the opportunity I was given. I am now able to view challenges from different perspectives and think more critically about how to solve them.