My name is Madeline Allen (@bport_MADELINE) and I am a freshman student here at Brockport. Like most of you, this is my first time moving away from home- which is both a liberating and terrifying thought. Here’s a little bit of info on me:
I moved here from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. For those of you who have no clue where that is, Abbotsford is about an hour outside of Vancouver and BC is all the way on the West Coast (think right above Washington State). Some of you may be wondering why the heck I came to Brockport- or how I even found it, which I’ll get to in a minute- and the answer is simple, it was time for a change. I had grown up in Abbotsford, knew everything about it. I went to a small private Catholic School and was pretty much around the same people for all thirteen years of my pre-university life. I had a great circle of friends and knew everyone in my graduating class of a whopping 77 students. I was comfortable.
I had known since I was little that I would go to university in the States. My dad is your typical Made in the USA kind of man (yes, I have dual citizenship) and everything he said stuck with me. Once Grade 11 hit I started thinking about schools, if I wanted to go to Washington, Oregon, or maybe even California. Yet I knew that even staying on the West Coast was even too familiar, I had traveled along there before. So I looked at East Coast Schools and in my Senior year ended up applying to the University of South Florida, University of South Carolina, St. John’s University in Queens and to please my mother I applied somewhere closer to home, the University of Denver. Then one day I was procrastinating doing my homework and was looking at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, went to their Study Abroad page and it took me straight to Brockport’s website. After reviewing the majors offered, looking at pictures of the campus, reading all the clubs they offered, and following up on their Study Abroad Program, I was in love. I whipped up my essay the next day and applied ASAP. I received acceptance letters from all the other schools I applied to, but I was waiting for Brockport’s alone. When it came in the mail, I tore it open and literally jumped up and down when I read that I was accepted and received scholarships.
Now, after that way too long of an explanation as to why I chose Brockport, I will quickly hash out what I’m doing now that I’m here. I am involved in the Leadership & Community Service LLC, a member of the Caribbean Student Association, S.O.U.L., and trying to find the time to attend my Circle K, Autism Speaks U, and Film Appreciation Club meetings. I am also working on starting up a club Softball team (so if you’re interested, let me know :P). I am a Psychology major and plan on minoring in Criminal Justice. With this I want to move into the Forensic Psychology profession, or maybe Criminal Profiling.
I’ll try to make these posts a bit shorter next time- stay tuned for my experience (and pictures) of the Gym Class Heroes concert this past Friday!