Meet Our Presidential Scholars for 2015-2016

SUNY Plattsburgh awards over $4 million in merit-based scholarships each year, but only one percent of all applicants will be nominated for the prestigious, full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. Last year, five of our best incoming students were selected to receive this award; let’s hear a few of their stories:

Alison Hayes

Photo of Alison HayesHometown: Pearl River, NY
High School: Nanuet High School
Major: Nursing

List five words that describe your personality: Outgoing, compassionate, hard-working, friendly, and dedicated.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? The Open House I went to showed me how great the nursing program is and that really drew me in.  On my second visit, I attended a Plattsburgh hockey game and the sense of community made me feel at home; I knew I would be happy in Plattsburgh!

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2015: My chemistry class was my favorite class. It was my largest lecture class, yet I felt like it was really easy to learn from my professor. She made it challenging and enjoyable at the same time.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My parents have been the most influential in my life because they showed me from a young age how important education is. They encouraged me to do my best in every class and are a big reason I am the person I am today.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: The nursing club (S.N.A.P.S.) went on an apple picking trip and it was really cool to meet other nursing students and learn tips on what classes/teachers are the best. The junior and senior nursing students told us cool stories from their clinical rotations which got me excited about my future classes.

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The small class sizes are really helpful when it comes to having organized and insightful discussions. The variety of classes allows honors students to think about various subjects and ideas differently.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? The amount of student clubs and organizations there are on campus. There is something for everyone and there is always something for students to do.

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: My Keurig is really helpful when I need a cup of coffee before a long class or I have a long night of studying ahead of me!

Emily Maicus

Photo of Emily MaicusHometown: Au Sable Forks, NY
High School: Au Sable Valley Central School
Major/Minors: Art History Major with a Studio Art Minor and a Chemistry Minor

List five words that describe your personality: Expressive, optimistic, dedicated, amiable, and reserved.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? SUNY Plattsburgh has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom and dad used to take me to "Poetry Alive" sessions and to events at the Northcountry Planetarium on campus. Later, when it came time to choose a college, I wasn't too sure where I wanted to go. When I visited the Art department, it became clear that Plattsburgh was the right place for me. It offered everything I wanted, including an involved and caring group of professors.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2015: "The Visual Arts in Colonial Latin America." It was my honors class, so the group was very small (only eight students). The size of the group allowed for more in depth discussions of topics. Also, this course gave me the opportunity to get to know the professor who taught the class, Dr. Karen Blough. This was important because we will work together a lot in the future, as she is one of the art professors. Working with her also solidified my decision to be an art history major.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My mom, dad, and brother Evan. My mom and dad have always encouraged me to be my own person. They support me in my search for knowledge and have shown me how to be loyal, dedicated, and follow through in everything that I do. I also have always been very close to my brother. He inspires me to do my best and to never give up, no matter how many pages I still have to write as the clock hits 2 a.m.!

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: Even as a freshman, Plattsburgh has given me the ability to study abroad over the winter intersession. In fact, I'm writing this bio while I sit at the table in my flat looking out over a London street! For two weeks, I am touring some of the best museums in Britain with a small group of students from different SUNY schools. This experience has been incredible and very exciting as I get to explore even more of what is to come with my major!

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program has been positive for all of the reasons that I loved my favorite honors class. It has also introduced me to a group of like-minded individuals. It’s encouraging to have people actively support me in my efforts to turn in my best work.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? SUNY Plattsburgh's size is what has surprised me the most. Though it seems very big at times, I still see people I know all over campus. Even though there are a lot of students, the dining hall staff still take the time to learn the students' names, which makes campus feel all the more like home.

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I could not have lived without my Rubik's cube! Solving it lets my mind rest a little bit…and I needed that more than once this past semester.

Matthew Rine

Photo of Matthew RineHometown:  Peru, NY
High School: Peru Central High
Major: Undeclared

List five words that describe your personality: Dedicated, excited, curious, optimistic, and adaptive.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? At first, I was hesitant about going to a college only 15 minutes away from my house. But eventually, I realized that being on the campus really is a completely different experience from my past 18 years here. Also, I absolutely love the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, so what could be better that going to college right in the middle of the two?!

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2015:  My Honors Seminar with Dr. Karen Blough is my top pick. I wasn't too sure I'd enjoy the "The Visual Arts in Colonial Latin America," but it ended up being my favorite class. We talked about so many different things and I'm pretty sure I learned more in that class than any other. Most importantly, the class was very fun and I always looked forward to going.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: The people that have supported me the longest - my family, certain teachers from school, people from the Clinton County Youth Bureau, and most importantly my friends. These people have always been there for me; encouraging me and driving me towards greatness. I can thank all of them for where I am today.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: Nothing has been nicer than sitting next to Hawkins Pond on a warm, sunny day. The sound of the fountain, the murmur of the crowd of students walking nearby, and the atmosphere of the area make me feel so happy. It's something that everyone on campus should try. Just sit there without anything particular to do…and relax!

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program has shown me what bright and talented people there are here at Plattsburgh - both professors and students. There truly are geniuses on this campus, and they are inspiring me to reach new heights.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? I can’t believe how much there is on campus! Since I started school, I've been amazed at the diversity of people, organizations, and activities!

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I'm really glad I had my kindle with me. E-textbooks are really convenient to carry around to my classes! It was also nice to unwind by reading a good book.

 

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