Leslie Reitz

Leslie Reitz
Rochester, NY
Year of Graduation

After Oneonta

Leslie graduated in December 2018. Here are her plans!

I will be moving to Boston, Massachusetts, to work for EF Education First, the No. 1 international education company that has been voted the number one place to work in Massachusetts. I am a Traveler Support Specialist for Educational Tours, one of the branches of EF. I will be working with a small team of people to ensure that students going abroad on our trips will have the greatest experience. I act as their number one resource for their questions before and while they are abroad. My position will allow me to travel internationally yearly! EF opens the world through education and gives people the confidence to travel the world, and I am incredibly excited to grow within this amazing company.

Why SUNY Oneonta?

When we came to visit, I automatically was just in awe of the campus. I thought it was gorgeous. I felt like it was the first time I had that click, kind of like, "This is where I need to be." I actually visited on Scholar’s Day. Being around all those students I felt like, “Wow, these people are going to push me to be my best, and this is where I belong.”  I automatically accepted that day, while on campus, so it was super exciting. And Oneonta has been my second home.

My Activities

Resident Adviser of Tobey Hall, Orientation Leader, Transition Team Member for New Student Services, Public Relations Chair of Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society, WIRE TV co-host, producer and director

Best Experiences

My best experiences have definitely been within the Communication and Media Department, either with WIRE TV or with professors. I actually got to do independent research with professor Jackie Bruscella, and she's one of my greatest mentors here. At the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, I was the only Communication major out of any of the SUNY schools. That was one of the moments where it just made me reflect on how much I love my major and my mentors. I call it my defining moment. It really made me step back and realize “Wow, look at everything I've done - it's impressive.”

What I’ll Remember in 20 Years

What's going to stick out is the connections I made here, whether it be friends or professors. I also like the diverse involvement I was able to have, everything from being an RA to producing my own TV show to being the president of an honor society. It's so diverse, and I really do not think you'd be able to have all those positions at a different campus. That's what I'm most grateful for, and that's definitely what will still stand out for me.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

My dream job would be to produce the show "The Bachelor." I love production so that’s what I want to go into. Being able to find the talent and plan the scenes, I think that would just be the greatest job and you'd never be bored.

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