Posted on 2014-02-20 10:30:01 by admissions

Melissa Evans, Assistant Director of Admissions

Check out this article recently appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding colleges that have elected to go test optional.  Although we are not mentioned directly, we are proud to be among the colleges that have decided to take a much more holistic approach to application review.

Posted on 2013-12-04 17:15:39 by admissions

Some friends ice-skating!

Brady, Class of 2015

With the advent of the new hockey arena opening, ice-skating has become something that all SUNY Potsdam students can enjoy again. On November 4th I was able to take to the ice again, something that I was not able to do since my freshmen year. The arena was packed full of excited students and the line to get free skate rentals went out the door. Even with the line, the majority of people who came were able to skate and everyone who went had a blast.

I not so nimbly skated on the ice with my arms swerving trying to keep my balance and watched as many other students did the same. All the students in the arena had a blast as many took to the ice showing off their new skills, or gripping the wall attempting to stay up. Those skaters who were quite skilled were more than happy to lend a hand to lift someone up or give tips on how to skate.

Overall, the opening of the hockey arena for open skating is a great thing. It allows SUNY Potsdam students a time to have a lot of fun with friends and learn a new skill. With free rentals and costing nothing but time, why wouldn’t you want to go? The arena has open skating on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-11:00 P.M. It is a great opportunity and it is one that I will certainly be taking advantage of this year.

Posted on 2013-12-04 17:01:27 by admissions

Maddy, Class of 2017

One of the reasons I picked Potsdam was its location. I come from a small town near Rochester; it’s a little ways away from the actual city, but still close enough that whenever I turned on the news, I’d hear about one violent crime or another. When I would go up into the city for something, I was always told to stay in a group so that nothing would happen. To be honest, that got a little disheartening after a while. In Potsdam, there’s something really comforting about opening the newspaper, reading the police blotter, and seeing the most serious event being “helped locate lost dog“ or “routine traffic stop“. Sure, we have other incidents, but they happen so infrequently that it’s like they almost never happen. Another great part of the school is that everybody is friendly—I can rarely go anywhere without someone waving and saying hello or holding the door open. Even when I’m in town, all the people on Market Street are really kind, and are almost always striking up casual conversation.

Sure, you may argue that Potsdam is in the middle of nowhere. And if you’re looking for a place where there is actually a major city in a 10-mile radius, this is not the place for you. But the campus is fun and so is the area, especially for those who enjoy nature, want to escape a hectic city life, or maybe just don’t want to be near a city. Potsdam is near the Adirondacks, which means that there’s lots of hiking (or just nature-observing) that you can do, too.

In conclusion, Potsdam is pretty awesome if you’re looking for a safe small town to dwell in, or if you maybe just want to be around nice people. After all, nice people are, well…nice. It’s a good environment to live in, and lets you focus on your schoolwork instead of focusing on safety. SUNY Potsdam’s location really is great!

Posted on 2013-09-25 12:03:52 by admissions

Maddy, Class of 2017

Okay, so…first blog post. Let’s talk about something important. Something very, very important. Something great, that everybody will love.

Let’s talk about food.

You may or may not have heard, but Potsdam holds the spot of #1 when it comes to food in the SUNY system. Well, let’s be honest, you probably have heard. We like to boast about it. You know why? Because when you live somewhere for most of the year, you want to make sure that you have something to eat every day that you want to eat. I’ve visited schools where they boasted that “you can order take-out three times every week as part of your meal plan!“, and then it was clearly evident as to why that was an option: because their food was terrible. Guess what, though? Our food is actually great. I don’t have to worry about my picky-eater vegetarian brother not being able to find anything to eat when he comes up to visit, nor do I have to worry about not being able to find things that are dairy-free.

You have choices. You can choose to eat chicken nuggets every day. As great as chicken nuggets are, humans probably shouldn’t live on chicken nuggets alone. Eating a diet of just one thing, only a few things, or even a variety of things that just plain aren’t good for you is, well…not good for you. When you were taught to “eat a rainbow of foods“, your teachers were not talking about eating a lot of differently-colored flavors of ice cream, and “eating your greens“ does not mean just eating lettuce on a cheeseburger or mint ice cream. That can lead to your “freshman/sophomore/junior/senior 15“.  It can be a real thing, and that weight can be tough to lose afterwards.

So, what can you do? Well, with so much independence, you really can make choices. You can choose to eat healthier, and you can choose to eat your junk food in moderation. I know ice cream and cookies are both very tempting, but limit your consumption. Also, you can keep yourself hydrated, which is even easier than before because we have places on-campus where you can fill up your own water bottle to carry with you. Finally, you can keep in shape, be it by going to the gym or doing sit-ups between paragraphs while reading.

So, to sum it all up: food is great. I love food, you love food, we all love food. The food here is really, REALLY great.   But don’t take my word for it, visit campus and be your own judge!


Posted on 2013-07-02 09:24:15 by admissions

Melissa, Assistant Director of Admissions

Here is an interesting article on the importance of a liberal arts education and something we feel very strongly in here at SUNY Potsdam.  We want our graduates to be able to write and speak effectively regardless of their major.

Posted on 2013-04-25 10:37:10 by admissions

Wilmina, Class of 2015

March was the definition of Madness here on campus!  There were so many things going on!  As spring break drew close, students had been catching their fair share of “spring break fever”.  The campus had been sponsoring a lot of relaxation events and yoga sessions to help ease the tension and stress from exams and deadlines.  Midterm week meant a lot of time in the library for me, both tutoring and being tutored.  I really love the fact our campus offers these services because I’d be so lost without them.   Lately I’ve been participating in a ton of Resident Assistant programs around the residence halls. The last one was the Chubby Bunny competition and it was hilarious!  The programs are awesome to have because students can have small, fun events with students around campus and meet a lot of new people!  I’m really excited for the next one coming up this week.  My building, Bowman East, is having a clothes swap which is fantastic!  It’s like thrift shopping in your neighbor’s closet!  I’m also excited for what the rest of this spring semester will bring!

Posted on 2013-03-14 09:51:24 by admissions

Melissa Evans, Assistant Director of Admissions

With May 1st fast approaching, we are giving prospective SUNY Potsdam students as many opportunities to get to know the campus as possible.  Please check out our website and register for an upcoming event.  We have Decision Day Open Houses, Multicultural Weekend, daily visits, and online chats.  We are also bringing our campus to you with Regional Receptions around the state of New York.  Here are the links you’ll want to check out:

Also, don’t forget to simply call our office to speak with our Admissions Staff.  We will be happy to answer your questions!

Posted on 2013-01-23 13:26:41 by admissions

Melissa, Assistant Director of Admissions

I thought I would share this article that gives some very helpful tips for completing the FAFSA.  Don’t hesitate to contact our Financial Aid Office if you have questions specific to your situation (315-267-2162).

Posted on 2012-12-24 11:23:37 by admissions

Alex, Class of 2013
(originally posted December 13, 2012)

Greetings from the Republican National Committee!

Today marks my last day as an intern at the RNC. I can hardly believe how quickly these last few months have gone by. It does not seem possible that I started this job three months ago as a timid, yet eager intern, and today I am leaving as a more confident and enthusiastic version of myself. Please excuse the rather sentimental nature of this post, but I simply cannot express in any other way just how thankful I have been for this experience.

The other day as I was writing an internship evaluation paper for my class, I decided to look back onto some of the weekly journals that I had been required to keep throughout the semester. It was great to see just how much has happened in my time here. Here are a few snippets that I think really sum up my experience:

Week 1:“My first day was not quite what I had expected.”  
When I came across this one I chuckled. I will never forget how incredibly bored I was on my first day. I literally sat at my desk for 6 hours doing nothing by read over the 10 page intern handbook I had been given. It was that day that I seriously started thinking I had made a mistake by coming to Washington. I was terrified that my entire semester was going to be like this. Glad to see I made it look like much more of a positive experience when I wrote about it in my journal!

Week 2: “Whether it is going to lunch with people in my division, grabbing a drink after work, or just taking a break in the middle of the day to chat, it is apparent that politics is truly about who you know. This has come into play outside of the office as well. I have learned that it is to your advantage to carry around a few business cards at all times. You never know who you might meet!”
I am so glad to see that I learned this lesson early on! Looking back on it, I do remember just how apparent it was to me right from the get go. I am also glad that I carried this lesson throughout the semester. As I clean out my desk and look at my collection of business cards (who knew just how vitally important these little pieces of paper would come to be?!), I can see that this really did pay off.

Week 5: “By the end of the weekend, I had made over 500 phone calls and knocked on over 150 doors. Needless to say, it was exhausting yet very rewarding.”
I wrote this in a journal entry that I made right after coming home from a campaign trip to North Carolina. It was over the course of this weekend that I decided I absolutely love political campaigns. It was great to see all of the strategy my office had been working on actually implemented in the field. Befrore coming to Washington, I was not entirely sure campaigns and elections were of interest to me. However, after I spent a weekend working in a victory office and getting involved with the ground campaign, I decided that campaigns are where my passion lies. This such a rewarding weekend.

Week 6: Not only did I have the opportunity to spend the debate with fellow republicans, but I also had the opportunity to meet Karen Hughes.”
Alright. People may laugh at me, but I am still star struck when I meet certain people in Washington. Karen Huges was the first ‘important’ political figure that I truly had the chance to meet and interact with. The Republican Party of VA had brought her in as a special guest at the Arlington Victory Office debate watch party. In fact, I sat right next to her during the debate, and we chatted throughout. This was a major turning point for me. Before meeting her, these ‘important’ political figures almost intimidated me. After I met her, I realized that they are just people like you and me. In fact, there is nothing at all intimidating about them, and they like when you approach them and strike up a conversation!

Week 7: I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to take on this leadership role, and I look forward to do more with volunteer coordination for many elections to come. “
Perhaps the most amazing opportunity I had while in Washington, was leading a campaign trip to VA. Just as meeting Karen Hughes was a turning point, so was this. This was when I realized that I was capable of taking on this leadership role, and pulling together a fantastic weekend of campaigning. I was thrown into taking on this task, but it could not have been a better learning experience.

These are just some small pieces of my journals that really stuck out to me. They each tell a bit of my own DC story. However, I think that one quote in particular truly sums up my experience.
“After the election, people asked me if I regretted doing an internship with the RNC given the results. I absolutely do not. Just in my short time in this office, I have been able to learn a lot about elections and the campaigning process. The results last Tuesday may not have been what we were looking for, but there is no question that the experiences I gained working on this campaign are invaluable.”

Posted on 2012-12-18 11:23:30 by admissions

Alex, Class of 2013
(originally posted on November 28, 2012)

It seems that each time I have a conversation with someone they ask me what I have learned since being in Washington. Given the broad nature of that question, I never know quite how I should respond. I have learned quite a bit in my time here! Therefore, I have decided to compile a list of the top 5 most important life lessons I have learned since being here:
1)      Happy Hour is the most important hour (…or 3) of the day!
 This is actually one of the most important lessons I have learned since being here. The one word that you will hear over and over again in Washington is ‘network’. When and where does a good amount of this networking occur? Usually between 4:30-7:00pm at a bar in Washington, DC. Living and working right here on Capitol Hill, I have a lot of great opportunities to network with Hill staffers after work at local bars.
2)      Always carry your business card…you never know who you may meet!
This one kind of goes along with the above mentioned importance of networking. Working at the RNC, there are always important people coming in and out of my office. My first few weeks I was star struck every time I saw a Congressman or Senator come through our doors (Who am I kidding..I still am!). However, I quickly realized that I should take these opportunities to put myself out there and start conversations with these people. How often does Michele Bachmann tap you on the shoulder to ask how to get to a particular person’s office? How many people can say they had a one-on-one conversation with Paul Ryan in an elevator? I have learned to seize these opportunities, and strike up conversations. Then, I am always sure to close the conversation with a firm handshake and a business card.
3)      There are two types of people in Washington: Those who are here to advance themselves, and those who are here to help advance you.
I must admit, someone gave me this little bit of information in one of my first weeks here. I did not quite understand it at first…but I certainly do now. I have had the opportunity to meet literally hundreds of people in my time here. However, it is apparent that many people in Washington are here to advance their careers, and not to be friends with you. That’s not to say people aren’t nice. In fact, the people here are very nice! (After all, they are looking to make connections that lead to jobs!) However, you will stumble across someone once in a while who is legitimately willing to help you get your foot in the door here. These people are usually veterans of their field. They have already advanced themselves, and now they are more than willing to help the young, eager job seekers start their careers here.
4)      Fake it ‘til you make it!
This is another borrowed piece of information. However, I have discovered that it is a very important thing to keep in mind. Becoming successful in Washington really all comes down to how you present yourself. I don’t just mean how you dress, or what kind of a car you drive. It is all about how you present yourself as a whole. Walking into a room with confidence and purpose, simply commands attention. You may be nervous when you walk into your first networking event, but walking in with a smile on your face and an air of confidence is the best thing you can do. I have learned to embrace this ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ motto. I was thrown into leading a campaign volunteer weekend in Virginia. Of course, I was terrified that I was going to mess something up. Then I realized that I was in the position of leadership, and I had 30+ volunteers expecting me to pull things together. So, I got up in front of them and introduced myself as the one in charge for the weekend. Our Political Education director (the one who put me in charge of this group) clearly had more faith in me than I had in myself, and she was thrilled with the way things went!
5)      Smile!
This one seems simple, but don’t take it for granted. I have learned that a smile can get you places in this city. Ever since my first day I have been sure to smile and say hello to the security guard at the front door of my office. It paid off one day when I forgot my ID and he swiped me into the building. When I lead the trip to VA, our bus driver was less than friendly at the beginning. Then towards the end of the trip, I needed him to take a detour to another Victory Office to pick some people up. I was sure he was going to give me a hard time and let it be known he was not happy about doing it, but he told me that because I hadn’t stopped smiling since he met me, he would do it (I then saw him smile for the first time!). These things seem trivial, but something as simple as a smile really is important.