Emily Whitaker

Emily Whitaker
Apalachin, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I live about an hour away so it was really important for me to be close to home. I visited Oneonta and I just felt this sense of community here. I visited other campuses a few years later and I just never got the same feeling that I got here. And I really liked the communications program. I liked the classes and no other school really compared to it. The feeling I got here was just something special.

My Activities

Academic Team Member, HerCampus, Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, ads designer for Hippies for Hope

Best Experiences

Definitely the friends that I’ve met here. I was really homesick coming into it and really nervous. But the two best friends I’ve made – my roommate and my quad mate – have changed my whole experience. I’ve also done two internships so far, and they’ve really changed my path. I was an intern in the New Student Services office and then in Academic Advisement. They’ve been great mentors and people I will talk to forever. I want to go into higher education because of these experiences.

I’m an example of how much you can grow here. I was such a nervous freshman, but this college has honestly changed me. I’m such a different person than I was freshman year. And it’s made my career path because now that’s what I want to do with my life. I just love how much of a difference it has had on me, and I can’t wait to help other students find that.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

I’ll never forget the moment I visited. I was sitting in a presentation and the admissions counselor got up and started speaking, and I’ll never forget that moment because something clicked in me. I was like, “Oh my gosh, I can work at a college and use my public speaking skills.” So my dream job would be to work at a college, I think as an academic advisor. Definitely just helping college students have a great four years and helping them adjust to college. Because I know how much you can grow during the experience, and I’m just really excited to help students in that way.

About My Major

It’s such a broad major. I took public speaking in high school and fell in love with it. It was the first class I really liked. And so I picked Communication Studies because I saw that I got to take public speaking and different interpersonal classes. And I really have loved it. I took an interviewing class and got to be a teaching assistant for a public speaking course. There are just really great professors who have really mentored me. I like the broadness of it because I’ve been able to get a lot of skills out of it that I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life, no matter what field I go into.

Favorite Class

Interviewing. I’ve never gotten more out of a class. My professor was so great, and I learned life skills and gained confidence. It was honestly the best class I could have taken.

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