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Aaron Smith, Resident Director  

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in History from SUNY GeneseoCertification in Secondary Education

Graduate Degree:

M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College

Hometown: Holland, NY

Number of Years Working at Brockport: Since August 2012

What do you love about Brockport?

Having grown up in the country, I love the small town feel of Brockport; fresh air, open space, deer running through campus, etc. The smaller setting allows students to connect to both the campus community as well as the larger community of Brockport in ways they would not be able to do at other institutions. I also appreciate the priority that is placed here on meeting the needs of the students and promoting healthy living as a means increasing their success in school.

What's the best part of your job?

Walking with students day by day, and helping them grow in character and integrity, discovering what it is they feel they are supposed to do with their lives.

What do you do for fun?

  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Tree climbing
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Board Games
  • Traveling
  • Spending time with family

Any advice for students?

Be conscious of whom you are becoming and the choices you are making. Cherish your relationships above all, because they are the beating heart of life. Choose the few things you want to do and excel at them, and remember that failure is just another part of success.

Favorite Quote:

“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”
- Jim Elliot

"Too much sanity can be madness, and maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be"
-Miguel de Cervantes

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

Member of :

  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
  • Phi Alpha Theta, History National Honors Society
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship