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Making connections with faculty and peers leads to a great student experience
BS in Psychology
It was during a tour of the campus that Sabrina Kerfoot knew SUNY Brockport was right for her.
“From the moment I walked on this campus I knew that this was the perfect place for me to find myself. Brockport has given me the honor to be a part of so much, to excel academically and to give back to the community. The best part of my experience here at Brockport so far is the fact that the faculty and staff have not given me all the answers; however, they have led me in the right direction to help me find my own answers.”
Sabrina has always dreamed of being a motivator and helping others find their way. Students, faculty, and staff at The College of Brockport helped Sabrina to find her way and now she’s in return helping others. Sabrina believes the support she has received in the classroom and from campus involvement has led to her success. She describes herself as “unstoppable,” which to her equates to the “right mindset, positive perception and strong support.”
As a freshman and first in her family to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, she thought college would be overwhelming. However, all of her reservations were defused by the tremendous support she received from Brockport’s resident assistants and resident directors. It made such an impact on her that she is currently working as a resident assistant in Gordon Hall.
Overseeing 32 first-year students, Sabrina has helped students find classes, handle personal emergencies, sharpen leadership skills, as well as develop and present innovative programs to the hall community.
Outside of the classroom she’s not only working as a resident assistant; she’s the vice-president of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, a member of the student patrol for University Police, a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a Middle States Subcommittee member, a member of the Psychology Club, and a Ronald E. McNair Student.
Sabrina says her greatest support comes from the staff at the University Police department as well as the McNair staff and her mentor in the Department of Psychology. She said she has been successful because she is surrounded by supportive people. She also said she believes the people who work at Brockport have a passion to see students succeed.
By the end of the second week of class in the spring 2010 semester the dream to help people became a reality. It was in Lecturer Nancy Harris’s “Introduction to Counseling” class that she uncovered her interest in school counseling. “I came to Brockport with dreams. Brockport has been a map for me to know my dreams are obtainable.”
Sabrina will soon have hands on experience beyond The College at Brockport, because this summer she will be interning with the YMCA of Niagara Falls as a mentor for their Young Dreamers Program.