Marlea Morales

Marlea Morales
Manhattan, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

Originally I was going to major in Environmental Sustainability and I knew the program here for that was great. Before I got to campus, I changed my major to Communication Studies because I wanted something broader. I was the first in my family to go away for college and I’ll be the first to graduate from college, so that’s exciting.

My Activities

Vice President of Communication Arts Society, Secretary and VP of Fundraising for Economics Club, member of two honor societies

Best Experiences

The Backpacks to Briefcases networking event in New York City, which I helped coordinate. I came in as a transfer so I was very nervous about everything and I didn’t really make friends that quickly. During Backpacks to Briefcases, I really strengthened some relationships and got closer with people. It was the best experience ever. I also loved staying on campus over the summer and working as an assistant for the Morris Conference Center.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

Anything that has to do with environmental sustainability and business. I haven’t really settled on anything yet, maybe being involved with investing in real estate, building homes that are environmentally sustainable or something along those lines. I want a job that has a lot of morals and ethics involved in it, making sure we’re progressive and inclusive and caring about the environment.

About My Major

I love the Communication Studies major and how broad and applicable it is. I have a minor in business, and I’m very active in that, as well. On the Backpacks to Briefcases trip, a lot of the things alumni were talking about were based off of communication. It’s applicable to life, definitely.

Favorite Class

Environmental Communication. I like it a lot. It’s very eye-opening. At first, I didn’t understand what it would entail. But we have the science, and this is about the way we communicate it to people. It’s very interesting. I also loved Financial Accounting because it was the hardest course I’ve ever taken in my life, but I liked the challenge. And I got an A at the end of the semester. It was the best feeling ever.

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