Kayla Green—I know a lot of you out there are in the process of deciding on a school to attend next fall or even two falls from now, if you’re a junior. I remember this process like it was yesterday, and let me tell you it is not easy. If you are feeling overwhelmed or like you’ll never be able to make this decision, I assure you that you are not alone, but I can also assure you that the time will come where the right choice will just hit you. I remember when it hit me, and here’s why Brockport may be the right fit for you.
When I was a junior and senior in high school, I was completely unsure of what I was looking for in a school. College seemed so far away and I didn’t really want to deal with the thought of it, so I pushed it aside a lot. Eventually, though, I had to start looking, and the range of schools I looked at were so diverse. I looked into schools such as RIT, UB, SUNY Purchase, Ithaca, and the list goes on. While all of these schools are wonderful, none of them really jumped out at me when I visited as places that I could see myself at for the next four years. There’s no way to really explain why, I just didn’t get that “feeling”, and many of you may know what I mean by that if you have begun looking at schools.
Looking at Brockport was somewhat of a shot in the dark. My mom kind of just randomly brought it up to me and I said, “okay sure, we can visit”. My first visit to Brockport was cold and rainy, the kind of day that makes you just want to stay in bed. You would have thought that this would have hindered my impression of the campus, but it didn’t at all. I absolutely loved it, despite the lack of warmth and sunshine. I thought it was a beautiful campus, and I loved what they had to offer in terms of academics, housing, clubs and organizations, and of course — the most important — food. The more I saw of the campus, the more I loved it, and from then on I knew that Brockport would be the school for me. I visited multiple more times, and each time reaffirmed my decision.
Receiving acceptance into the Honors College was what ultimately clinched the decision for me, and once I paid my deposit I began to get very excited and nervous for college. There is so much that goes into getting everything in order before you actually move in, such as finding a roommate, choosing a dorm style, choosing a dining plan, completing a course preference survey, and much more.
Although it sounds cheesy, the thing that drew me to Brockport, and still continues to be the thing I love about it, is the family feeling. Everyone here wants to help YOU succeed, and they will do whatever it takes to help you pass that one hard class, get you that incredible internship opportunity, or make you feel welcome in your residence hall. Whatever it is, there is someone there who is willing to help. Without a doubt, I feel at home at Brockport and I love being here and continuing to create my own story here.
I’m not sure what you guys are interested in hearing about, so tweet me at @bport_kayla with whatever questions you might have about choosing a college or the beginning process, and I will answer them in my next post!