Raven Foote

Raven Foote
Cohocton, NY
Year of Graduation

Why SUNY Oneonta?

I came to campus and fell in love with it. It had everything I was looking for. It had a really good political science program, the school was so beautiful, and it had clubs and organizations. Then as I toured other schools, I would keep comparing them back to Oneonta, and that’s how I knew this was the place for me.

My Activities

Sigma Gamma Phi, service and leadership fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, tour guide

Best Experiences

I love being a tour guide. The tour guide team is a real community. We’re all so close and we just really love it here and we love our jobs. Being part of my sorority, I’ve made so many friends and had so many leadership opportunities. Being able to grow as a person and have sisters who are encouraging you constantly and want to see you succeed – having that support at college really does make a difference. Another great experience was being able to go to Washington, D.C., last spring break through the Political Science Department. I was able to work with an alum there who is a health insurance executive and learn more about our health care system.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

I really want to be a lobbyist. There are a few different fields I’m interested in, but I think I would love to be a lobbyist for Tesla. I’d love to work with their public relations team and help get their product out to people and grow that industry. I’m really interested in the environment, and I think it’s so important that we’re coming up with these alternatives to gasoline.

About My Major

For a year-and-a-half, I was a double major in political science and education. I love kids – I think they’re so much fun. But I realized it wasn’t for me. I never really wanted to be a teacher; I wanted to be a principal more than anything. A big part of it was, coming into college when you tell someone you’re a political science major, they say, ‘Oh, what are you going to do with that?’ And so I was almost a little nervous just to do political science. As I got further along into the political science program and working with professors and being involved, I realized I can be a political science major and that I will be just fine when I graduate. I just had to trust my gut and instincts. Now I couldn’t be happier.

Favorite Class

When I was still an education major, I had to take a diversity class with Ken Sider. That class is one of the most influential classes I’ve taken. I think it can apply to every person and every major. It really teaches you about different things going on within society. The professor is also a third grade teacher. In his classroom, the students each get a day where they have to be in a wheelchair and experience what that’s like. Just thinking about that and hearing the children’s experiences – it really stuck with me. That’s something that so many people overlook and don’t think about, and he’s applying it. It was just such a phenomenal class. It taught me so much, even now that I’m not an education major, it still applies just the same.

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