Fort Plain, NY
Child & Family Studies/Spanish major
Class of 2015
I’ll be pursuing a dual master’s program in children’s literature and library science at Simmons College in Boston.
How my education prepared me
Oneonta isn’t just about the campus, it’s about working with the community, too.
Oneonta really helped me to learn to be self-sufficient and take control of my own life and mold it into the direction I want it to go. My professors have been so supportive, and being able to talk with them and discuss things with them has been such as wonderful experience.
How I discovered my path
When I was in 10th grade I started babysitting, and I got really interested in how the families I babysat for worked. I really liked the Child & Family Studies program because it wasn’t just learning about the psychological side or the developmental side. You learn about all of it: social, psychological, biological, and it provided such an awesome hands-on experience through Head Start, which we have right here on campus, and connections with Bugbee, which is a preschool/daycare off campus.
Child and Family Studies is a major that really directs you toward social work, but I realized through some of the hands-on experiences that social work wasn’t exactly the path for me. Talking to some of my professors led me to library science and children’s literature. I want to be a librarian, but I want to know what I’m providing the children. I want to know that I’m meeting their developmental needs, that I’m giving them experiences that will open their minds and allow them to explore the world around them.
Most memorable experience
Getting involved in the Human Ecology Club my freshman year. I was really shy and I wasn’t sure if I should get involved because I wanted to be able to focus on my schoolwork, but it really opened up a lot of doors for me. The Human Ecology Club, as so many other clubs on campus do, got involved with Relay for Life, we got involved with Into the Streets, we did a lot of volunteer work on our own, and that really got me involved in the campus community as well as off campus. I went from being a regular active member to being the secretary and then the vice president on e-board, which has made my experience here so awesome. It gave me so many opportunities to really help other people and do something I loved.
What I'll miss most
Oneonta has provided me with such an awesome community. All of the professors are so supportive, and just really there to talk to you about anything, whether it’s classwork or something you have going on at home or with your friends. So that’s something I’m going to miss: being able to talk with my professors but also just all the different experiences and the town in general, because Oneonta isn’t just about the campus, it’s about working with the community, too. I’m going to miss all of that.