Steven Anglade thanks The College at Brockport every day for helping him find his calling.
He started college at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, where he majored in Nursing. Steven soon realized that he wanted to have a broader college experience, which included living away from home and being able to start a whole new life. “When I found Brockport I applied right away,” said Steven. “When I received my acceptance letter, I knew it was going to be something special."
Steven said he was afraid at first to transfer, because he had heard that some colleges don’t pay much attention to transfers. However, he found Brockport to be very welcoming towards transfers, which made his transition easier and made him feel right at home.
After a while, though, Steven started to feel like maybe nursing wasn’t what he wanted to do. That’s when he went to Darson Rhodes, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Science, for advisement. The two talked, and Steven decided to change to a new major in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.
Steven said Dr. Rhodes was extremely helpful. “The minute I walked in to her office for the first time, I knew my time with her here as an advisee would be special,” said Steven. “She is very supportive of me in my career choices, and she provides me with the confidence I need to succeed here as a student at Brockport.”
He has some advice for incoming students as well. “Don’t be scared,” said Steven. “If you know you’re coming to Brockport but don’t know what you want to do, Brockport will help you find it. They will help you find your calling, expand your horizons and work with you every step of the way.”
Since coming to Brockport, Steven has become very involved on campus. He has recently become a transfer peer mentor. He said that his experience as a peer mentor makes him want to become even more involved in the Brockport community in the future. It is not only his way of giving back to Brockport, but a way to make sure transfer students, like him, experience a smooth transition to the institution just like he had.
What has also made an impact on Steven is the way Brockport and its education has challenged him. It has pushed him to work harder and to learn more effectively. “Brockport helped me and inspired me to find my calling in the future,” said Steven. He also says that if it wasn’t for Brockport challenging him, he isn’t exactly sure where he would stand today on his future and career goals.
Already working towards that future, Steven spent this summer volunteering at the New York Methodist Hospital. By putting in 16 hours a week between the Department of Cardiology and the Department of Medical Records, Steven says he has learned “to be more productive and more professional,” and was selected as the August Volunteer of the Month.
Steven’s plans for the future include attending graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in health administration and public health. After that, he aspires to become a hospital administrator, specializing in health policy and management.