Kenneth Brooke

Kenneth Brooke
Staten Island, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I transferred here after coming to drop off one of my best friends who I've known since kindergarten, and as we pulled up to campus I was like, “Why didn't I go here?” The campus was perfect. It had this sense of community that I always wanted from the time I was in middle school. The first day I toured here, I was like, “This is the place I want to be.”

My Activities

Apollo Music Club, Mask and Hammer, Alpha Psi Omega (theater honor society), set designing for multiple productions

Best Experiences

Everything I've done with the Theatre Department because it's such an open family -- like anybody can come in and be a part of it, which is something that you don't always have in college. I have basically an entire extended family just in that department if I ever need anything, from fixing a button on my pants to fixing a piece of furniture in my house. Another great experience was attending the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference and presenting on theatrical design with two of my friends.

About My Major

I love the opportunities you get. You get immersed in it, and you get offered so many opportunities that you would never think you would have a chance to do. Even just something like prop designing a show, which I was able to do. The amount of classes that I've taken, from acting classes to auditioning classes to performing classes and music classes -- It's like all these things I get to just put into my little book of knowledge and then whenever I need to I can just open it up.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

Honestly, I really want to be a late-night TV host, like a James Corden kind of thing because I can sing, I can dance… I could do Carpool Karaoke! I'm looking into MFA programs, so I might get my Master's in Fine Arts. I want to obviously act a lot. I'd love to be involved in community theatre. I really want to work with kids, mostly because when we did the show “Honk,” there were four little girls who were in it and they were the craziest little children I ever met. But they were such a joy to work with because they were so professional!

What I’ll Remember in 20 Years

Besides the color red, I’ll remember all the people I've been able to meet here. I've met such a wide array of people from all different ethnicities, backgrounds and locations. I work at Starbucks, and I meet new people every single time I work. Even if it's just meeting someone and then saying “hi” on campus later. Just all the faces.

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