Why SUNY Oneonta?
I actually stopped here on the way home from another tour and it was raining and we didn’t have an appointment and nothing was planned. The other school I had just absolutely hated, and it was cold and dreary out and my mom was like, “Let's just stop.” We stopped and I walked around just the main quad. And I looked at my mom and I said, “This is where I want to go.” I have a lot of older siblings so I had been on a billion college tours, and the one thing that my mom always said to them was, “Could you see yourself living here for four years?” I walked around Oneonta and something was just right.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Earth and Atmospheric Science Honor Society), Association of Secondary Educators, Geology Club, Noyce Scholarship program, Slam Poetry Club, Outdoor Adventure Club
I studied abroad last fall in Ireland for six months, which was amazing. I think it’s amazing that SUNY has the shared programs for classes and for study abroad. When I was looking for a program to study abroad, getting to choose out of hundreds and hundreds of them was definitely amazing, and I got to pick the exact one that was right for me. Through my scholarship program, I've also gotten to teach in high-needs school districts in a couple of the boroughs in New York City during winter break. That has been life-changing, and now I want to work in that demographic.
What I’ll Remember in 20 Years
Definitely I will remember the trips and experiences I have had through the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department. I've gotten to go on field camps and field trips. This semester, I'm taking two four-hour field trips a week, along with ones on weekends. It’s amazing not only getting to go to these beautiful places and understand what's going on there, but getting to go with my best friends and professors that I've had now for four years has been really great, and it really makes it a fun, kind of family-trip experience.
Plans, Goals, Dreams
The plan right now is to get my master's. There’s a program at the University of Rochester that specifically focuses on outreach to urban communities for the sciences and integrating more technology into the classroom, which are two things that I really care about and want to learn more about and integrate into my own classroom. After that, I'm hoping to be a teacher with students who love to not only be in science but love to interact with me. I want my classroom not only to be full of science but I want it to be a safe place for students to come during lunch period or come be able to talk to me if something's wrong or if something is really great. I want to be that kind of teacher.