Tiraya C.

Tour Guide

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Business Administration
Bronx, NY   

Have you participated in any internships or overseas study programs? If yes, where and when?
Yes, I was an Operations & Attraction Cast Member at The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida. I participated in this internship during my fall semester of 2013.   

How has your internship or study abroad experience enhanced your education?
Interning at Walt Disney World has enhanced my drive for working with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Having the opportunity to interact with "Wish-Kids" and their entire immediate family has definitely helped me understand on a deeper level how to care for an inividual in order to maximize & enhance their experience. Overall my internship has heightened my interest in my chosen major field of Psychology & has ultimately given me reassurance that the courses I am currently taking are definitely the perfect preparation for me.   

What activities are you involved with at Oswego?
I am a campus tour guide in the Admissions office. A former Indoor / Outdoor Track & Field athlete; an active member of the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American) Multicultural event planning union. The Students Association Programming Board (S.A.P.B), and IMAGE Step team are other clubs / organizations I have participated in.

Why did you choose Oswego?
I chose SUNY Oswego because of the level of diversity on campus & amazing resources available for students academically as well as extracurricular wise. As soon as I came to visit the campus I immediately wanted to get involved and meet recommended professors & leaders on campus. I just knew it was the college for me, especially since it was only a bus ride away from home yet far enough to actually experience "going away to college".   

What is the best thing about your major?
The Psychology Department at Oswego is truly amazing. The professors are all always willing to take you under their wing, and inspire you to explore and study whatever your interest is. They truly care about your future success in the field.

Generally speaking, what impact has the Oswego faculty had on you?
The faculty members at SUNY Oswego are so encouraging & knowledgeable; especially in their particular area of study. Many of the professors here will share where they came from and why they choose their particular field. Since the professors come from a variety of backgrounds & are willing to get to know you on both professional & personal levels. They have truly inspired me to remain relatable & understanding in all areas of my life.   

Who is your favorite professor and why?
Michael Mullen, of the Counseling area in the Psychology Department is by far one of my favorite professors; he truly cares about his student's success both inside and out of the classroom. His way of teaching is very well structured and he always relates his life to what he is actually teaching, which helps build stronger associations with any material he's covering. He is always willing to share his own habits on being a successful individual. He has definitely inspired me personally, professionally and academically and his overall assistance throughout my academic planning has by far made him an even greater mentor to me ever since taking an actual course with him during my freshmen year.   

Describe your department's atmosphere and how it has enhanced your ability to learn.
The Psychology Department is a very easily accessible department. There is such a wide variety of courses to choose from, and many of the ones that are offered within my major I discovered a natural interest in even outside of the course itself. I have realized that I learn better in settings that I can actually apply what I am being taught.