Get to Know Saint Rose is a weekly Q&A with a Saint Rose staff member to help our students learn more about the resources available to them while they’re here.
First up: Amanda Bastiani from the President’s Office and Student Development!
Name: Amanda Bastiani
What she does: Title IX Coordinator and Director of Prevention Education and Response
Where she works: The President’s Office and Student Development
How long she’s been at Saint Rose: Five years
Her alma mater: Russell Sage College
Fun fact: Amanda is a musician – she sings and plays piano! She’s performed in different bands over the past 20 years, more recently in acoustic duos and trios with her husband, Raul. She also enjoys writing, reading, walking outdoors, and time with family and friends.
Get to know Amanda:
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with students! I love helping other people! I love seeing people work through tough situations, hard times, and see their growth, perseverance, and resilience. When I get to see someone walk across the graduation stage on commencement, after I’ve worked with them through a traumatic experience, and I know all that they had to work through, it’s so rewarding! My heart is full. I also really enjoy listening to students and having respectful and meaningful dialogue on any prevention-education topic! I enjoy seeing the “wheels” turning and seeing how they start to look at things from a different perspective.
What’s something you want students to know about you?
My college experience was not traditional. My life took many twists and turns, some were the result of my choices and some as a result of choices someone else made that impacted my life. It took me a span of over 20 years to finally complete my bachelor’s degree, walk across that stage, and realize a dream, a goal that I had set back in 1994! I did not get to that place alone. I had times I wanted to quit. Working full-time while supporting my family, raising kids, and going to school was extremely difficult. I am so thankful for each and every person who was there to help me stick with it, to keep going. There are people here at The College of Saint Rose who want to BE that person for YOU! Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone in this! We’re here to help!
If you could give students one piece of advice to carry them through their time here, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Reach out for help and support. Once you’re in a good place, be thankful and help someone else!