Michelle Z.


Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Why did you choose Oswego?
I chose Oswego because it's affordable, they have a great Biology program, and the atmosphere of the campus is so inviting. Living right on Lake Ontario and having a brand new science building made this campus a win-win decision for me.

What activities are you involved with at SUNY Oswego?
I am currently a Resident Assistant in Moreland Hall, which is probably one of the best decisions I've made here so far. Along with that, I am a member of SAVAC, I'm Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, and I am a Hearing Officer for Judicial Affairs. Joining clubs and organizations, and taking on leadership positions has allowed me to expand my horizons and meet so many great people along the way.

What is the best thing about your major?
The best thing about my major is the fact that I am able to get hands-on experience with working in labs and doing research. A lot of classes pertaining to different areas of science are available for me to take, which allows me to get a full understanding of what field I want to be in.

Who's your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Dr. MacKenzie because he is an extremely knowledgeable person, who loves to teach and wants to see his students do well. He's taught a couple of my Biology classes and he's also my advisor, and whenever I speak with him he always goes above and beyond with helping me with whatever I need.

Generally speaking, what impact has the Oswego faculty had on you?
The faculty at Oswego are always very willing to help you with whatever you need, and they truly do care about your education and you as a person. It's surprising to me how many professors remember your name long after you've had them, and I think that shows the dedication that most faculty have toward their students.

Describe your department's atmosphere and how it enhanced your ability to learn.
Pretty much all of my classes are taught by professors with their Ph.D or Doctorate degree, which shows how dedicated they are to learning themselves, as well as passing that knowledge on to others. The enthusiasm of my professors has sparked even more of an interest for science in me, and makes me that much more willing and excited to learn.

What is the best thing about SUNY Oswego?
The best thing about SUNY Oswego is living right on Lake Ontario.

Comment on how your Oswego experience has helped prepare you for a career.
My Oswego experience has helped me prepare for a career by instilling confidence in myself to try new things. I've gotten the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people, and the leadership skills I've gained will only allow me to go farther with whatever I do.

What opportunities has Oswego given you that you never had before?
Oswego has given me opportunities to join all sorts of different clubs and organizations, and take on leadership positions within them. I've been able to help people by volunteering in the community through Habitat for Humanity, which is a great feeling. I've also been able to learn a lot about myself by trying out new things I never thought I'd do, and realizing that I really enjoyed them.