Next Stop: Anywhere They Choose

Hamed Lavasani will graduate with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Temple University.

Temple University Ambler's graduates are an exemplary group of diverse students who will soon begin the next chapter in their lives in a wide variety of fields, from landscape architecture and horticulture to biology and adult and organizational development.

To honor our graduating class, Temple University Ambler is profiling just a few of the shining examples of the class of 2017.

Derek Suomi

Major: Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Originally from Maine, Currently Lives in Philadelphia

What’s your next stop? Kimley Horn, a multidisciplinary design firm ranked #11 out of 100 by Fortune magazine of the best companies to work for in 2017.

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? Listen and be flexible on the opinions and views of other professionals in your field. If you’re willing to learn, if you work hard and you are willing to be shaped, in part, by the knowledge and experience of others you will get far in life. I never imaged I would have so many opportunities at graduation as I do. 

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Victoria Uritsky

Major: Biology

Hometown: Warrington

What’s your next stop? Scribing, Abington Hematology and Oncology Associates, Abington Hospital

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? One of the most important lessons I've learned from my years at Temple is to choose good company and to learn from each other. Too often people think they can do everything on their own and I am quite guilty of this myself. However when I started talking to and getting to know the people in my core classes, the classes became more enjoyable and so did my major.

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Megan Bazin

Megan Bazin

Major: Horticulture

Hometown: Stratford, NJ

What’s your next stop? Longwood Gardens Intern Program, Integrated Pest Management Intern

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? The biggest lesson I think I learned from college was to think critically and not just accept the surface level of an explanation. Statistics class really blew my mind because I realized that statistics are often used irresponsibly. I also had a hard time with math and science in high school, but college level courses made me really apply myself and I feel confident in those areas now. College definitely changed the way my brain works in a good way. If I didn't understand something right away I used to just dismiss it, but now I know how to activate my brain to really figure something out.

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Sherrice Johnson

Sherrice Johnson

Major: History

Hometown: North Wales

What’s your next stop? Master’s in Spatial Demography/Geospatial Intelligence

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? Perseverance. Temple’s complex, rich history is built on perseverance. Temple Ambler started as a school to teach women professions at a time when that was almost unheard of — that’s perseverance! As a returning student, that resonates — it’s the constitutional base for the phrase “Temple Made.” Don’t give up, you can’t, and there will be people that will help you along the way.

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Benjamin Snyder

Benjamin Snyder

Major: Horticulture

Hometown: Bloomsburg

What’s your next stop? Greenhouse Horticulturist at Temple University Ambler

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? All learning is important. Some of the general education classes may not seem directly related to your field, but in the long-term, many of the core principles learned in these classes are essential to all fields and disciplines.

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Hollie Axel

Hollie Axel

Major: Adult and Organizational Development

Hometown: Wyndmoor, PA

What’s your next stop? Rittenhouse Needlepoint

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? I’ve learned to keep an open mind. I’m now able to critically solve any adversities that may come my way in a creative way. The professors at Temple are invested in your success — they want to see where you might end up — and they let you live outside your comfort zone. I’ve never felt out of place here, I’ve always felt like a respected part of a community of teachers and learners.

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Hamed Lavasani

Hamed Lavasani

Major: Master of Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Originally from Tehran, Iran; Currently from Northeast Philadelphia

What’s your next stop? Landscape architecture/architecture design firm

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? Coming to Temple changed my lifestyle; I went more green personally and professionally. I learned about global warming and where we are headed if we don’t find paths to slow it down. As a designer, as a U.S. citizen, I want to take approaches that are less disturbing to the Earth. I’ve become a member of the green movement and it’s an honor to be a part of it — I feel like I’m doing something beneficial for society.

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Ani Knauff

Ani Knauff

Major: Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Originally from Nar Nar Goon North, Australia; Currently from Blue Bell, PA

What’s your next stop? An ecologically-focused design firm

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? During the fall semester of my final year, the (Landscape Architecture) master’s students told me to “keep showing up.” It’s about being present, about persistence. There’s an old saying that goes something like success is one percent talent and 99 percent perseverance. I certainly believe that to be true.

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Kyle Salembier

Kyle Salembier

Major: Adult and Organizational Development

Hometown: Doylestown

What’s your next stop? Adult and Organizational Development Graduate Program

What lesson from Temple will you most take with you? "Enjoy everything that is good." I take that from my boss, Reid Overturf, in Computer Services at Temple Ambler. Out of all of my classes and all of my professors, I have learned the most from that man.

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