Archive for November, 2012

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Melissa, Assistant Director of Admissions

Since we are just about in the heart of application season here at SUNY Potsdam, I thought I would give everyone a quick list of application do’s and don’ts.


  • Submit the Common Application or the SUNY Application.
  • Send us an official high school transcript or complete the SOAR.
  • To complete the supplemental application, submit an essay and a letter of recommendation.
  • Be sure to proof your essay and letter of recommendation.
  • Remember to pay the $50 application fee or apply for a fee waiver.
  • Try to schedule an admissions interview and tour.  If you can’t make it to the campus, call and speak with an admissions counselor over the phone to check on your application status and to let them know you are very interested in attending.


  • Send us an essay or letter of recommendation that tells us you can’t wait to attend a school that is not Potsdam!  We understand you have choices but the only school your essay to SUNY Potsdam should mention is SUNY Potsdam!
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for a letter of recommendation.
  • Don’t forget to read your email and mail thoroughly for instructions from us.
  • Don’t let your parents do all of your work.  It will look better for you if you are making the effort to communicate with us directly.
  • Don’t forget to let your school counselor know you applied!
  • Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or concerns.  315.267.2180

Good luck!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Alex, Class of 2013
(originally posted on October 13, 2012)

I can’t believe another week has passed by already! My time here is going by way too quickly! Even though it is Saturday, I actually offered to come in and run the RNC phone bank for the day. We have tons of volunteers from the DC area coming in today to make phone calls to voters! Since this is the first real downtime I have had all week, I figured I would give you all a quick recap of my week in Washington:

Once I got back from NC, I was pumped up and ready to go! We are in the home stretch of this election, and with early and absentee voting already in progress, there is no rest for the RNC. I spent a good portion of my week making maps of congressional districts and voting precinct locations throughout the United States. It may sound boring, but it has been surprisingly fun and informative. I have also been spending a lot of time looking at public opinion poll data for my division, and making targeting recommendations based upon what I find. Since we were just coming off of the first Presidential debate, this was an awesome project! I am excited to do this again next week post VP debate! It may not sound like what I am doing is all that thrilling, but on a daily basis I am working with members of the RNC to compile information and make recommendations that will be used by campaigns throughout the nation. That is pretty cool, if you ask me!
If I had one piece of advice for someone looking to do an internship, I would tell them to make the internship whatever they want it to be. I have learned in my 6 weeks here that I could have very easily sat back and just done the minimum amount of work required. However, I chose to approach my intern supervisor and ask for more work. Not only does it make the day go by faster, but it also shows that you are ambitious. It makes the staff in your office realize how determined you are to go above and beyond, and also that you are truly dedicated to the office. This also means that they are more likely to bring you in to help them with special projects. I can honestly say that I am getting a great deal out of my internship and I couldn’t be happier!!
Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Alex, Class of 2013
(originally posted October, 8, 2012)

Hello everyone! I am sorry it has been so long since I last posted. Things are pretty busy around here with only 24 days until the election!! So here is a quick recap of my past weekend:

Last weekend I headed to NC to campaign for the Romney-Ryan ticket. We spent literally all day Saturday and Sunday knocking on doors and making phone calls. Throughout the state of NC, thousands of doors were knocked on and about 105,000 calls were made! That is pretty impressive if you ask me. For years, people have told me to work on campaigns while I have the time because they are just so rewarding. I now completely understand! The time I spent in various neighborhoods thought the Raleigh area, as well as my time in the victory office were truly exhilarating. There were so many dedicated people coming together in one place for one cause..and that was amazing.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Alex, Class of 2016
(originally posted October 1, 2012)

Yesterday I took a couple of hours off from work so that I could attend an orientation session at the Library of Congress (LOC). I figured that this would be the best way to learn about all that the library has to offer. Here are just a few fun facts that I learned in my time there today:

-The LOC has over 151 million items within its collection. This includes books, magazines, newspapers, etc…
-The LOC currently has 7 off-site warehouses to store its overflow of resources. The library is currently going through the process of asking for funding which will provide at least 3 more of these storage facilities.
-There are nearly 600 miles of shelf within the LOC’s three buildings on Capitol Hill.

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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

What do I do when my class is cancelled for the day? Go on an adventure, of course! Today I chose to spend my afternoon at the United States Botanic Garden. The gardens are just so beautiful and relaxing. It was certainly a nice break from busy DC.

Here are a few pictures from my day:

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Alex, Class of 2013
(originally posted on September 24, 2012)


It’s official! I have a library access card for the Library of Congress. Now I get to spend my semester doing research in some of the most beautiful reading rooms I have ever seen. Not to mention, the number of available resources is pretty phenomenal. Who knew that I would ever get this excited about a library and doing research?!