Majors: Dance and Kinesiology
Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (Kings County)
High School: LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts
What is your most memorable experience from your first year at Brockport?
Walking into the dance department and immediately feeling welcomed and as if I belonged to the community. It’s so comforting and reassuring to know that there are people here looking out for you, and who are taking note of your progress.
Why did you choose Brockport?
I chose Brockport because every time that I visited the campus and spoke with students/faculty, I was overtaken by a vast sense of community and felt immediately welcomed into the unfamiliar environment. The dynamic between peers and faculty members is one that not all college campuses can offer; and it is a vital part of the college experience. It is important for you to feel safe and comfortable in a place where you will be testing your own limits and building up your strengths while simultaneously figuring out exactly what it is you want to do with the rest of your life!
What is your favorite thing about Brockport?
This is a tough question to answer. I would have to say that my two favorite things about Brockport are the deep sense of community among students and faculty and the impressive, well-rounded dance department here that I am studying under. The dance program here is geared to each individual’s own strengths and all faculty members and upperclassmen are looking to help and encourage you through your four years as an undergraduate dance major. For anyone interested in pursuing dance here at Brockport, I would say a million times over that you should definitely go for it! It’s a great program and if you dedicated your time and energy to taking in information and applying it to yourself, you will see a drastic change in your technique and in your approach almost immediately.
What is your favorite class at Brockport?
Right now, my favorite academic class is Honors American Politics with Professor James Fleming. This class is set up as a seminar, with a small number of students and many in class discussions. It’s a great tool to opening your eyes to the political system that our country runs on and to forming your own opinions and beliefs about it.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Balance out your work! Every Sunday night, plan your week out in terms of events you plan to attend, faculty members you need/want to connect with on certain questions or what have you that you may have, homework that needs to be done, and projects that need to be worked on. If you are always thinking ahead and if you prioritize what you need to get done, you will be fine. Just make sure that you don’t leave everything till the last minute; catching up in classes is very hard to do once you’ve fallen behind.
What advice would you give to incoming transfer students?
Just because you are a transfer and have not completely immersed yourself in the community here yet, don’t pass up on opportunities that are put in your path. Make sure you do everything in your power to connect with your peers and your teachers, and try and make an impression (a good one, of course!) on the people on campus who inspire you. Of course, I would say this to any student, not necessarily a transfer! Networking is definitely key. Work the system: figure out which faculty members have work/teaching habits that complement or coincide with your own, and stick to these people. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into when you make a commitment, though; you don’t want to get stuck in a position where you don’t actually want to be doing whatever it is that you’re doing!
What is one thing students should never leave at home when packing for college?
iPod/computer. These devices get me through the day by keeping me in tune with myself (music!!!) and by providing and easy way to get in contact with people and get my work done via my laptop.
Residence Hall: MacVicar
People: My friends
Faculty/Staff: Dance Department Faculty
Favorite Quote: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. What we think, we become." –Buddha