As a member of the Class of 2021, Samantha D’Agostino made her mark in the classroom—graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology —and also on the field: twice earning all-East Coast Conference honors as a member (and team captain) of the Daemen College Women’s Soccer team.
Having graduated early, in January, D’Agostino is currently preparing for her next step: enrolling at the University of Windsor to pursue a master’s degree in human kinetics in applied human performance.
As one of just six students granted a prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship, D’Agostino will use the funds to work on a thesis integrating both theoretical and applied areas of sport psychology under Dr. Krista Chandler.
Eventually, D’Agostino hopes to earn a PhD while working as a licensed CMPC/Certified Mental Performance Consultant.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, D’Agostino began her athletics career early: starting to play soccer at just 3 years old; recruited to Daemen—where she was a four-year letter winner in the sport—D’Agostino was also active in the campus community, as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and co-founded Wildcat Wellness.
“I am beyond grateful for my time at Daemen and the memories and relationships I’ve made throughout my years there. I loved being a part of the psychology department because I was able to grow relationships with my professors, specifically Dr. Lupien and Dr. Poepsel,” said D’Agostino. “They both taught me so much and helped me discover my passion for research, which ultimately led me to continue my education in graduate school.”