Why SUNY Oneonta?
After my first visit to Oneonta, it was the first college that I actually pictured myself being at. I saw myself walking to class, passing the library, playing catch outside my dorm. It felt like a great place to grow as a person.
I work at the Center for Social Responsibility and Community. I met my boss and great person Linda Drake who, along with everyone else involved, works there because we want to see change in our community and also to aid the community that we end up spending a good portion of our life in.
My favorite experience so far was walking through the pillars for the first time. I didn’t get to do it freshman year because of COVID-19. Being able to do it for the first time, especially with some of my friends, made it feel really special.
Plans, Goals, Dreams
I always get asked this question and my answer is always something different depending the time of day it is. I just hope that in the future, whatever I’m doing, I’m happy to be there and helping not just myself but especially others. Paying back and passing along a smile. That’s the dream in my opinion.
About My Major
I love Sport Management. I grew up surrounded by sports all my life. Being a former athlete, I realized I would like to stay in this world even if I’m not good enough to actually play. Sport management showed me how much goes on beyond just the playing on the field. I feel like it opened new opportunities to me by just presenting them.
To pick one would be hard. But I would have to go with Sports Marketing, which I just recently took with Dr. Magliocca. That was great because I’m really interested in that field. But also some non-major classes like Modern Black Literature and Theater were some of my favorites, as well.
I Am First-Generation
What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?
Being a first-generation students means so much to me. It shows me how hard my parents worked in order to come here and want me to continue higher education. It has been difficult. You don’t have a lot of people in your family for questions or advice. It can be scary. What’s important is to remember there’s always people there to help you and want to see you succeed. Don’t only make your parents proud but make yourself proud too.
What obstacles have you faced and overcome in this context?
It has been difficult. You don’t have a lot of people in your family for questions or advice. It can be scary.
What advice do you have for other first-generation students?
What’s important is to remember there’s always people there to help you and want to see you succeed. Don’t only make your parents proud but make yourself proud too.