First Summer Session begins
Tuesday, May 28, noon - noon
Second Summer Session begins
Monday, June 17, noon - noon
Location: Oswego and vicinity
Thursday, June 6, noon - noon
Thursday, June 20, noon - noon
Major: Public Relations & Creative Writing
Hometown: Mastic Beach, NY
What activities are you involved with at Oswego?
I am the Intern for Saturday Information Programs, Philanthropy chair of Phi Sigma Sigma (National Sorority), and member of Public Relations Social Society of America (PRSSA). I have volunteered at Leighton Elementary school with an after school program for children and at the YMCA within Oswego periodically with homework help.
Why did you choose Oswego?
Oswego was a place where I immediately felt at home. When I visited Oswego, I was very interested in their Communication program and the school offered such an impressive learning experience. From the start of freshmen year, I was guaranteed hands on experience right from the start, whether it is participating in a student run organizations or in a classroom setting. I did not have to wait till junior year to take advantage of all the opportunities.
What is the best thing about your major?
Public relations is a field that is constantly growing, and SUNY Oswego helps me see all aspects of that. My major has so many internships and hands on experience available that I do not have to even leave campus to gain real life experience. My second major, creative writing is taught by professors who have actual published work, whether it be screen plays or journal articles. Knowing that my professors have been successful in this field really pushes me to do the same.
Generally speaking, what impact has the Oswego faculty had on you?
The faculty here is so understanding and willing to help me in any way they can. With so many students it's great to see that so many professors really go out of their way to gain a relationship with their students. I could tell that each professor actually enjoys what they are doing, and I find that makes me enjoy the classes too.
Who's your favorite professor and why?
Linda Loomis is my favorite professor. She has helped me express myself creatively and freely. Because of her, I have decided on a dual major. She has shown me that I can achieve success in something I truly enjoy. She also has taught me to never quit because someone thinks you cannot do it. Prof. Loomis is just as passionate as her students, and really does go out of her way to get to know you as not only a student, but as a person pursuing a career.
Describe your department's atmosphere and how it has enhanced your ability to learn.
The Communication department has so many clubs and organizations that are completely student run. Achieving in a student run atmosphere gives you a sense of independence and a confidence when applying for jobs outside of college. Also, the department itself offers so many internships that don't just involve filing paperwork, but doing something that interests you.
What's the best thing about SUNY Oswego?
The best thing about SUNY Oswego is the campus. Whether I am walking to class, or in my residence hall, Lake Ontario is staring me in the face. The campus itself is unified, and you are bound to see a familiar face walking to class. I love the comfortable, homey atmosphere here at Oswego.
Comment on how your Oswego experience has helped prepare you for a career.
Oswego has taught me life lessons that you cannot just get from opening a textbook. Because the school itself believes in experienced based learning, I have been doing assignments in my classes that help me prepare for jobs after college. I now know what to expect upon graduation, and I've started building a resume my freshmen year. Oswego knew how to aid me in preparing me for a career of my choice.
What opportunities has Oswego given you that you never had before?
Oswego has given me a new sense of independence, living on my own and pursuing a career that I enjoy. I have never lived on my own, and Oswego has taught me that it is not as scary as it seems. With so many helpful hands guiding me on my way, Oswego has taught me that life after college will be a successful one.