Posted on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 3:20 pm under Events

In August of 2004, I walked onto the campus of SUNY Potsdam just after celebrating my eighteenth birthday and I was unsure of what the next four years of my life would be like. I felt very young and a little naïve about moving to a new town and into a dorm room with another young woman I did not know. I also could not imagine what I would be majoring in and if there was even a subject out there that I would feel drawn to. I thought I would end up doing something within the arts with either music or theater but again, I really did not know what the future would hold.

After spending all of my childhood between Chicago, Illinois and Schenectady, New York, I was hoping that moving up north was the right choice for me – I was a city girl at heart, or so I thought.

By spring semester of my freshmen year, I was in love with SUNY Potsdam. I had many new friends and was incredibly busy with various activities on campus. As part of the general education requirements, I took a course in the Sociology department titled, “Contemporary Social Problems” and I knew I had found my calling. I could not get enough of the courses offered in the Sociology and Criminology departments; soon after, I also found that I had an interest in Political Science, as well.

By the time my senior year rolled around, I knew that I had one of those college experiences that some people only hope they have. I received a great education from professors who encouraged me to apply to graduate school my senior year and they kept on me about it until I handed them the recommendation forms. I had lived off campus my junior and senior year at Potsdam with a group of girls that were not only my friends but my confidants. Lastly, although I had always considered myself a “city girl”, I found that I have a huge appreciation and love for the outdoors.  When I moved up here, I never imagined that I would climb some of the 46 peaks in the Adirondacks, go whitewater rafting, or snowshoeing. Six years later, the education, sense of community, and accessibility to the great outdoors is why I was more than happy to return to SUNY Potsdam as an Admissions Counselor. I am very excited to see what the next year brings my way!





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