Matthew Beitscher

Matthew Beitscher
Valhalla, NY
Year of Graduation

After Oneonta

Matt graduated in December 2017. He is a graduate teaching assistant at Saint Louis University, where he is studying synoptic/mesoscale interactions in fire weather and earning a master's in meteorology. His goal is to work for the National Weather Service to assist in wildfire mitigation and prediction.

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I visited other schools and didn’t like the atmosphere. But, when I came to Oneonta, it was a lot more close-knit and a lot more my speed. It’s different from any other SUNY school I’ve been to. It seems so cold other places. But, when you come here, there’s rolling hills, and it’s gorgeous. I remember my first week here I’d wake up early – this is the weather nerd that I am – and I’d go up and sit by the Old Main pillars to watch the fog lift in the valley. Downstate, we don’t get fog like that and, if we do, we can’t see it. It’s really, really cool.

My Activities

Meteorology Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Student Advisory Council, CADE tutor

Best Experiences

Professors here care not only about if you know the material, they care about if you get the experiences and they prepare their students to be scientists when they leave – people who can actually use their skills in the field.

Some of my best experiences have been through Meteorology Club going to different conferences to present my research, which gave me a ton of networking experience and contacts in the field. That kind of confidence led me to other internships. I really credit those experiences and the friends I’ve made here for helping me get where I am now and where I’m going.

What I’ll Remember in 20 Years

Just doing club activities with the friends I’ve gotten to know through Meteorology Club. We’re a small program, and that means that we all have gotten to know each other so well. It’s a camaraderie thing in the Meteorology major. We go on trips, we see movies together, tour weather service offices, and do other team-building, friendship-building activities. We’ve had some really fun times.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

My dream job would be to work for an insurance company accessing weather-related risk to save people money. An alumna came back and gave a talk about that because that’s what she does, and that just really sparked my interest.

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