Africana & Latino studies/political science major
Class of 2016
International Students Organization (president), founder/captain of Xclusive, Frequency step team, tour guide, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, peer mentor for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, academic coach for the Educational Opportunity Program
I’m part of the Educational Opportunity Program and I met one of the EOP counselors when I was in high school. He told me about Oneonta through my sister, because my sister was here at the time. I had already come up to visit my sister and I liked the environment, so I figured why not? But I ended up going to a two-year school (Queensborough Community College) instead, and even throughout the process that counselor was still there, helping me along the way to come here. I love the environment. I visited in the fall and it was very beautiful. I also like the fact that it’s close enough that I’m able to go home on weekends. It’s about 5 hours on a bus, 3½ driving.
Best experiences so far
You feel such a sense of belonging, like everyone is there for you. I don’t know if I’ll ever get that at another school. There’s no place like Oneonta.
My first year here, I studied in Ghana during spring break. It was really amazing. I had the best time of my life. I did an internship at a nonprofit organization called One Heart Foundation. It was located in a small community and we educated the people there about safe sex and answered any questions they had, because that’s such a taboo there; no one really talks about it.
I always get new experiences here. Every semester it’s something new and getting involved in different things, and on top of that there’s such an amazing staff here. They love what they do and they want to help you to the best of your abilities. My only regret is that I didn’t start my freshman year.
Plans, goals, dreams
I’m hoping to go to grad school to major in international relations or African studies. From there, I want to work internationally. That’s my main goal. In the future I want to set up a nonprofit that goes around to developing countries and helps build schools and provide necessities for broken-down communities.
What I'll miss most about Oneonta
The sense of community that Oneonta has. I don’t know how it is with most schools but I know here we have our O-State family. You feel such a sense of belonging, like everyone is there for you. I don’t know if I’ll ever get that at another school. There’s no place like Oneonta.
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