Kristen Aviles

Kristen Aviles
Thornwood, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I had never heard of Oneonta. My guidance counselor actually suggested it. I came and visited and applied. I really just loved the vibe I got when I was on campus.

My Activities

Resident Advisor, member of the National Residence Hall Honor Society and served on the executive board for one year, Terpsichorean Dance Company

Best Experiences

Being an RA was such a rewarding experience, and taught me so much about myself and others in ways I never imagined. It helped me find a place as a student leader and provided me with skills I carried into my student teaching placement. I feel like I can talk to people so easily now, even if they're a stranger. I got to meet so many people. And they still say hello to me and call me “RA Kristen.”

Being a part of the Teacher Residency Program at Riverside Elementary School is definitely another one of my best experiences. One extra semester of student teaching is helping me grow so much, and my kindergarten class is so fun! I take all my classes on Mondays, and then Tuesday through Friday I am in my kindergarten classroom. It’s so great because I learn something on Monday, and then I can implement it the next day in the classroom!

What I’ll Remember in 20 Years

Definitely the friends that I've made. Freshman year, I had a hard time coming out of my shell and making friends. I thought that friends would come to me. That’s not always the case. Sometimes you need to go after friends, and my RA really helped me to push myself and do that (another reason I became an RA). She really pushed me to try out for Terps, and then she said, “You can be an RA, too.” And I remember thinking, “Wow, you're telling me I can do all these things so I'm going to go for it.” So I'll definitely remember the friends that I made and her as my freshman year RA, and then being an RA myself.

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