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Cara Fantini

Cara Fantini

Cara is currently a staff member with Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs within the PHC. She has been a part of the UREP team and PHC family for 1 year and looks forward to many more to come. Cara graduated from Cheyney University with a BA in Sociology and from Temple University with a Master's in Higher Education and a certificate in Teaching for Higher Ed. Prior to coming to Drexel Cara worked as a social worker for vulnerable populations.

L's Taken

5+ "Thank you for applying but..."

  • BA in theater
  • University of the Arts
  • PhD in Higher Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Every job in higher education that I applied to between June 2018-March 2020

4 Things I swore I'd finish but never did…

  • Bullet journaling for a month
  • Re-reading my social statistics textbook
  • Learning how to use Strata
  • Unsubscribing from unnecessary promotional emails

6 Everyday L's of Life:

  • Giving into sweets cravings
  • Staying up too late
  • Sleeping through my AM alarm
  • Naps turning into full-blown sleeping
  • Forgetting to meal prep
  • Forgetting to take things out of the freezer for dinner

4 Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight:

  • Not getting accepted into the first PhD program I applied to
  • Withdrawing from a class that I was not doing well in
  • Staying in an unhealthy relationship for too long
  • Moving back in with my parents after having moved out

4 Regrets I have:

  • Allowing someone to make me feel less than I am
  • Not traveling enough pre-covid
  • Not establishing good saving habits
  • Letting my anxiety make me feel like I'm drowning

On the Bright Side

2 Memories I made when I wasn't studying/working

  • Went to College Beach Week in VA beach
  • Joined a sorority and made life long friends in the process
  • Dancing
  • Carpool karoke

4 Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • How to be empathic and practice active listening
  • Making time for self-care
  • Maintaining healthy friendships/relationships
  • Resilience in the face of failure

3 Books I've read for fun:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling
  • All About Love by Bell Hooks

7 Things I'm proud of that you won't see on a resume

  • Proud cat mom
  • My newly found green thumb
  • Good cooking skills
  • Perpetually positive outlook on life
  • Reliable friends
  • Making my bed everyday
  • Overcoming anxiety

4 Unconventional skills:

  • Hanging TVs
  • Building IKEA furniture in record time
  • Eye for interior design
  • Crafty

1 Quirks that make me who I am:

  • Constant optimism

3 Obstacles I have overcome:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Graduate school

4 Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone:

  • Graduate school
  • Moving out directly after undergrad
  • Moving into the city
  • Taking the car to the mechanic by myself

2 Leaps of faith:

  • Moving into the city after growing up in the suburbs
  • Applying to another graduate program after being rejected

3 Life events that have made me stronger:

  • Ending an unhealthy relationship
  • Moving back into my parents home
  • COVID quarantining by myself