Sha-Niyah Ortiz

Sha-Niyah Ortiz
Hometown
Bay Shore, NY
Year of Graduation
2019

Why Oneonta

I wanted to attend college since I was young, but was unsure about my future as a student who was the first in my family to attend college. After high school graduation, I would be more likely asked where I found a job than what college I was attending. I wanted more for myself—and working a job out of high school wasn’t going to pay for all that. I knew I needed an education that went beyond high school.

My Activities

I’m an executive board member of the Psychology Club, a student dialogue leader for the campus’ conversation on diversity and a senator for the student association. I’m also in Divine Leaders (SUNY Oneonta’s black student union) and the step team. Outside of campus, I work at a local elementary school, mentoring at-risk students.

What I Love Most About Oneonta

SUNY Oneonta has taught me how to be a professional. I’ve grown so much here. I’m adding to my resume with all the great opportunities that are available to me on campus.

Plans, Goals, Dreams

I hope to become a counselor or therapist after graduation. I feel so strongly about helping others find the right path. You need to focus on yourself first before you can be successful in any other aspect of your life.

One Word to Describe Oneonta and Why

Welcoming. I am able to be part of a family of students who face similar struggles. Whether it’s financial hardship or hurdles in interpersonal relationships, I have people here who help me succeed. That may be the reason why becoming a counselor is so near to my heart.

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