I chose Brockport for five specific reasons, but I stayed for the experience.

Elaina Mancuso—I came to The College at Brockport for five reasons:

  1. I didn’t get into my top two schools
  2. The just-right campus size
  3. There is an equestrian team
  4. It was just far (and close) enough from home
  5. I could bring my car as a freshman

And as much as these reasons seem so blah, I stayed for the experience and never looked back. I stayed for my friends, professors, and mentees, my ties to this campus, the late nights and (dreadful) early mornings, the crazy college memories—I stayed for it all.

My freshman roommate and I singing into our hairbrushes and holding our stuffed animals.

My freshman roommate and I singing into our hairbrushes and holding our stuffed animals.

Let’s just say that I was a bit wild my freshman year. I met a group of girls who lived off campus and I spent a lot of my first two years socializing. These were also my active days as a member of the equestrian team, but my participation and socializing trailed off as I took on more academic responsibilities.

Ready for a masquerade party, thanks to my roommate's artistic makeup skills.

Ready for a masquerade party, thanks to my roommate’s artistic makeup skills.

This is me taking a power nap at a horse show.

This is me taking a power nap at a horse show.

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I accepted a position as a fall freshman peer mentor at the end of my sophomore year, which kick-started my campus involvement. When I got back to campus in the fall, I shifted my focus to more career related experience. I was a peer mentor, and my friend encouraged me to apply for a copywriting position when it suddenly opened up. The skills I sharpened and learned in this short-lived job continue to be ever so important at my internships today.

Although winter can be brutally cold, it can be beautiful too.

Although winter can be brutally cold, it can be beautiful too.

By the end of my junior semester, I had landed three internship interviews (with some encouragement from my professor) and accepted my first internship with McDougall Communications.

As an intern at McDougall, my project took me on a whirlwind adventure into the world of public relations and I even had the opportunity to travel to Europe. After my internship ended, I’ve stayed on for some part-time work. At the beginning of my senior year, I started with a different internship, this time at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The connections I’ve made and work I’ve produced will help me in the years to come.

Above all, your college experience is what you make of it. I may have been a bit unfocused in the beginning, but I never let my grades slip, and I’ve ended up with one incredible experience that I will be able to reflect on for the rest of my life.

I came for five blah reasons and stayed for one amazing experience.

You can have fun and work!

You can have fun and work!

A friend and I at open skate.

A friend and I at open skate.

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