Grads on the Move

Antoinette DeGruccio

Why did you choose Post University?

I chose it because it had equine management and psychology majors, and it was one of the very few that had both aspects and was fairly close to home. It also had a lot of opportunity for practical experience.

Why did you major in Psychology and Equine Management?

Eventually, I want do something with delinquent youths and equine psychotherapy. I'm hoping to go down the road of therapeutic riding with a behavioral focus. I may become a school psychologist and then run an after school program with equine therapy. It's really uplifting.

What was your experience at Post like?

I have to say I really enjoyed my time at Post. I met amazing people and had amazing experiences. I got my therapeutic riding certification and traveled abroad. Since it's such a small school, it's a little easier to get those experiences. My professors were amazing and the knowledge that I gained from them was phenomenal. I was lucky to be taught by people who know their topics so well. I've also had a lot of opportunities to network.

I also wanted the chance to study aboard. I went to the Yorkshire Riding Center. Honestly, I went for the experience. When else could I have a chance to live in another country for three months? The people we studied with were Olympians so it doesn't get any better than that. We're lucky here because Ms. Baker has these connections in England. It was a great experience and I learned a ton.
There's a lot of equine programs, but this one was a great fit. It was perfect.

Did you think Post was affordable and will provide a good return on your investment?

I would have liked to have had more scholarships based on grades. I have a lot of loans, but overall, my investment was worth it. I gained a lot through the two programs. I stayed on an extra year so I could get my certification and go to England.

Why did you choose to study abroad and how do you think that experience will be beneficial to you in the future?

Well, by going abroad, I got certified with the British Horse Society, which is an internationally recognized certification. So, that obviously is something that will help. The knowledge I gained there was huge. My riding improved a million percent. The practical knowledge that you learn there is intense. Luckily I had a lot of background knowledge or I wouldn't have been able to do it in three months.

In comparison to other schools where you applied, was Post more or less affordable?

Actually, one of the reasons I came to Post was that it did give me the most financial aid. It did cost the least the first year I came, but it did get more expensive over the years. But, the program also was so much more than what the other programs I looked into could have offered.

What did you like best about attending Post University?

Um, the connections I made. I find them really helpful. The networking that I've done, including over in England, will be helpful.

What one thing about your education do you think helped you get a job in the career of your choice?

Probably the uniqueness of my education. It's not very common for people to major in Equine Management and Psychology. That bundle together will stand out to someone in the therapeutic riding world. Eventually, I want to own my own facility. To have two Bachelors degrees will really help me to stand out.

Would you recommend Post to your friends?

Yeah, I would recommend Post. If they're looking for what Post has to offer, then this is the place to go. It's small and very personal. If you don't want to do your homework and not show up to class, then this is not the place for you. Here, your professors will call you if you don't show up.