Karolina Stypulkowski

Karolina Stypulkowski
Brooklyn, NY
Year of Graduation

Involved in

Rugby team (captain), Student Association senator, student employee at Wilsbach Dining Hall

Why Oneonta

When you go for college tours, you get on campus and you just wait to feel at home. When I went to visit other colleges, it was kind of like, “Oh yeah, this is nice, the campus is nice.” When I got to Oneonta I was just like, “Wow, this is it!” Compared to all the other schools I visited, I could see myself here in the fall, walking to class or sitting in the quad doing homework.

Plans, goals, dreams

Criminal justice is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl. Since I was little I’ve always wanted to become a police officer. There was a time when I wanted to be a lawyer, but being an athlete, I love being involved in firsthand experiences, and on the job being the first one on site. Right now, I plan to enroll in the police academy, become a detective and work my way up to working for the FBI. It seems like there’s so much time left before I get there, but I’ve been working on it so long in my life and it’s something that I want so badly, I don’t care how long it takes. 

I love helping others in any way that I possibly can, and I feel that working in the criminal justice field, I’ll have so many resources and the ability and authority to reach out to people to help them.

One word to describe Oneonta and why

Home.  I’m very shy initially. The first week, I was very quiet. I was friends with my roommate and some girls down the hall. Then I went to the club expo and joined the women’s rugby team, and at that point, it felt like family. I felt like I belonged here.

What I’ll Remember in 20 Years

Probably once it starts getting nice outside again after going through the brutal winter, and everybody’s just hanging out in the quad and you say, "Hey, you don’t have class? Let’s go to the park real quick." Those are probably the best days I remember because it’s that blissful hour or so before you have to do something of just enjoying the sunshine, hanging out with your friends and not worrying about what’s due later on.