Winging It: An Eagle’s Eye View of Brockport is a multimedia view of The College at Brockport — for students, by students. The Winging It bloggers aim to capture what it is really like to be a Brockport student. They share their experiences through the written word, photos, videos, podcasts, and tweets. They welcome your comments and questions!


Derick AbbeyDerick Abbey
Class: Senior, transfer student
Major: Journalism and broadcasting (concentration in multimedia journalism)
Minor: Coaching
Hometown: Corning, NY
Campus involvement: 89.1 The Point (sports director, marketing, news, sales, production, and programming), Harlequins
Why I like Brockport: I like Brockport because it’s a beautiful campus with a big college feel and it has a community feel to it.
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes
Favorite book: John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza and Steven King’s It 
If I had a million dollars: I’d travel until it ran out. Preferably Europe and Asia.

Bridgette BabbBridgette B.
Class: Seniorish, lol
Major: Electronic journalism
Minor: Music business
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Campus involvement: Copy editor at The Stylus 😊
Why I like Brockport: I like Brockport because both my siblings went here, so every time I go to certain parts of campus I feel like they are there. I also love the fact that you are able to meet people here that impact your life in ways you would never imagine. Lifelong friends that I will honestly cherish forever.
Favorite food: Mac and cheese (extra cheesy!)
Favorite book: The Hunger Games trilogy
If I had a million dollars: I would pay off my student loans, invest 25% into my personal business, then use the rest as a start-up fund for an orphanage in Jamaica. After that, I can relax on a beach somewhere.

Martha DonnellyMartha Donnelly
Class: Senior — graduating in three years, thanks to Delta College!
Major: English (concentration in creative writing)
Hometown: Lake George, NY
Campus involvement: Delta College Student Association and The Odyssey Online
Why I like Brockport: I love Brockport because of the size of it. I am also a part of Delta College, which is a main part of why I love Brockport. It has given me a sense of community and family here at Brockport and I love it.
Favorite food: Cheeseburger
Favorite book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
If I had a million dollars: I would move to London.

Marie Fischer
Winging_It_Headshots - Marie@bport_marie
Class: Senior
Major: English
Minor: Theatre
Hometown: Clifton Springs, NY
Campus involvement: Figure Skating Club, English Club, Phi Sigma Sigma
Why I like Brockport: The faculty, the people, Jitterbugs…the list is endless
Favorite food: Buffalo chicken!
Favorite book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
If I had a million dollars: I’d buy an apartment in all my favorite places.

Kayla Green
Class: Senior
Kayla GreenMajor:
Journalism and broadcasting (concentration in media production)
Minor: Graphic design
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Campus involvement: Honors College, Admissions Ambassador, News Director for Talon TV, Green and Gold Ambassador, Assistant Marketing Coordinator for Student Union and Activities, writer for The Stylus (past), Community Ambassador for the Office of Community Development (past), video production intern for the Writers Forum (past), video intern for the Office of College Communications (past)
Why I like Brockport: The sense of community and family, and the overwhelming feeling of support from everyone around me.
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If I had a million dollars: I would donate it to my home school district and other districts in the area who have faced major budget cuts these past few years.

NancyLea Illsley
Class: Senior, transfer student
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Whitney Point, NY
Campus involvement: Secretary of Marketing Club, Vice President of Finance Club
Why I like Brockport: Everything it has to offer, on and off campus.
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite book: The Unwanted by John Saul
If I had a million dollars: I would invest about $30,000 and use the rest to pay off some student loan debt — but of course put some away for fun.

Alexis Marchitte
alexis_marchitte_newClass: Senior
Kinesiology and athletic training
Hometown: Eden, NY
Campus involvement: Sports Medicine Club and working at the SERC
Why I like Brockport: I ultimately fell in love with the school because of its size and its large involvement with the community. The campus is gorgeous.
Favorite food: My last meal would have to be a Thanksgiving sandwich on a ciabatta roll.
Favorite book: Anything by Nicholas Sparks
If I had a million dollars: I would build my parents their dream home and put the rest toward my education and my sisters’ college funds.

Cat Mattis
Class: Senior
Psychology and journalism and broadcasting (concentration in public relations)
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Campus involvement: Residence Council, working at Brockway, 89.1 The Point, Overnight Host Program, and the Leadership Development Program
Why I like Brockport: The beautiful campus and the even more beautiful people. Brockport has become a second home to me.
Favorite food: Anything with buffalo sauce on it.
Favorite book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
If I had a million dollars: I would use it to cross off items on my bucket list, starting with taking a trip to Nepal and going skydiving.

Jared RosenbergJared Matthew Rosenberg
Class: Junior
Major: Journalism and broadcasting
Minors: History and anthropology
Hometown: Pittsford, NY
Campus involvement: Music Director and an On-Air Personality at 89.1 The Point
Why I like Brockport: I like Brockport because of its size. It is not huge; I know people. But, at the same time, I don’t know everyone. The campus is beautiful, and I’ve seen all of it. It’s cold sometimes, but there are days when it’s perfect, pristine, and serene — in the fall when the leaves change and in the winter when the sun sparkles off the feet of snow. That’s what I love about Brockport. The campus and being an actual part of it.
Favorite food: I’m a fan of goat cheese. I just like foods that most people don’t. Anchovies are also up there.
Favorite book: I don’t think I can pick a book I like without sounding cliché, but The Catcher and the Rye maybe.
If I had a million dollars: I would do everything in the song by The Barenaked Ladies. After that, I don’t know, maybe buy a bigger boat.

Eliza Zachowicz
YouTube channel
Class: Senior
Major: English (literature concentration)
Minors: Communication and film studies
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Campus involvement: Admissions Ambassador, Resident Assistant, RA Conference Committee Member, Orientation Leader, Overnight Host, Peer Recruiter, Peer Mentor, Leadership Development Program, Club Cheerleading (past), Brockport Barnes & Noble (past)
Why I like Brockport: Brockport has so many opportunities both academically and socially. Since attending the school, my social life has fluttered and I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable in small-talking with strangers. Yet, at the same time, I’ve been able to get an internship, change my major and I am still on track to graduate on time. The fact that we are given these opportunities at a school that isn’t very large is such a gift that we should definitely take advantage of.
Favorite food: I could honestly eat Bagel Bites any time, any day, and not get sick of them.
Favorite book: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
If I had a million dollars: I would buy a one-way ticket to Europe and travel overseas without a plan.

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