Transfer Student Success Stories

Andy Bronson

Photo of Andy BronsonHometown:  Herkimer, NY
Prior College: Herkimer County Community College & SUNY Oswego
Major at SUNY Plattsburgh: TV-Video Production/Broadcast Journalism

Why did you decide to transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose SUNY Plattsburgh because I was impressed by their television studio and facilities. And, the campus is extremely welcoming.

Activities: Plattsburgh State Television.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List.

Unique Academic Experiences: I’ve been on many college campuses, but nothing matches the quality of SUNY Plattsburgh. The professors here show a dedication to their profession and always offer students as much help as they need. I’ve found a home at Plattsburgh.

Favorite Professor(s): The entire faculty and staff in the communications department!

Why? I can’t select just one professor out of the entire group. Everyone in the department is knowledgeable and brings their own distinct personality to further enhance their teaching.

How has SUNY Plattsburgh helped prepare you for your career? SUNY Plattsburgh has offered me the opportunity to achieve my dreams. Thanks to everyone here, I can enter the ‘real world’ with a four-year degree.

What words of advice would you give to other prospective transfer students? Something that sticks out in my mind was at an orientation seminar, when the keynote speaker briefly addressed any parents who may be Plattsburgh alumni and simply said, ‘Welcome home.’ If you come to SUNY Plattsburgh – the city, the atmosphere, and most importantly, the people – will make you feel like you are at home.

What most surprised you about SUNY Plattsburgh? I was surprised at the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone on campus. From the admissions office, to financial aid, to the faculty and staff here, everyone here makes it seem like you’re a name and a face rather than just a student ID number, and that feels good.

Raymond Turner

Photo of Raymond TurnerHometown: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Prior College Attended: Suffolk County Community College
Major at SUNY Plattsburgh: Marketing with a minor in Global Supply Chain Management

Why did you decide to transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh? The AACSB accreditation of the School of Business and Economics was a key factor, and I always wanted to go away to school upstate.

Activities: Pickup games of volleyball and ultimate Frisbee and skiing. I also love hiking the mountains in the area (Poke- O-Moonshine is my favorite).

Unique Academic Experiences: I participated in the 2010 Saint Michael’s College Ethics Case Competition, and completed an internship at Media Central advertising agency.

Favorite Professor(s): Dr. Lise Heroux and Dr. James Csipak.

Why? Dr. Heroux has not only helped guide my academic career, but encouraged me to further push myself in my education. She has been my favorite professor because I can always count on her for anything I need. Dr. Csipak is one of the most fun and approachable professors on campus. I truly enjoyed every single course I took with him. Their candor and enthusiasm really makes a difference.

What are your future career plans? I want to become a sales director in either a business-to-business environment or in a fast-paced technology company.

How has SUNY Plattsburgh helped prepare you for your career? The professors here expose you to real-world problems and environments and really challenge you.

What words of advice would you give to other prospective transfer students? Be prepared to study a lot. Also, take classes that interest you.  You may end up with a new minor or taking one of the best classes you’ve ever had.

What most surprised you about SUNY Plattsburgh? The students in the business program. While learning in their fields, they are continuously searching for better and newer ways to attack issues in today’s global economy.

Courtney Hanno

Photo of Courtney HannoHometown:  Castorland, NY
Prior College: Jefferson Community College
Major at SUNY Plattsburgh:  Combined BA/MST Program in English Adolescence Education

Why did you decide to transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh? After attending the Open House and receiving a campus tour, I realized that SUNY Plattsburgh fit my interests. Yet, even more, I felt so comfortable during the admissions process. The transfer admissions office worked with me through every step. They were supportive and welcoming before I even attended Plattsburgh and they have continued this hospitality throughout these past two years. Even more, I received a transfer scholarship based on my GPA. Another benefit for me was the geographic location–the campus is about one hour from Montreal and Burlington. I’ve had the opportunity to visit these two phenomenal cities, which enhances my experience here as well.

Activities: Currently, I’m the secretary of the Newman Association, a campus tour guide, a fill-in lifeguard at Memorial pool, a writing tutor, and an assistant in the Saranac Review office.

Awards/Honors: SUNY Plattsburgh Transfer Scholarship, Annie Scribner Scholarship, Member of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society).

Unique Academic Experiences: In the spring 2010, I had the opportunity to attend a Teaching Conference. I sat alongside some of my professors and peers to discuss the importance and disadvantage of technology in the classroom. This full-day workshop broadened my awareness of technology’s influence on the classroom and provided a valuable learning experience in preparation for a teaching career.

What are your career aspirations?  My goal is to teach high school English and lower-level college English courses at a community college. I’m hoping that I have the opportunity to coach middle or high school swimming or basketball as well.

How has SUNY Plattsburgh helped prepare you for your career? Academically, the professors here provide endless support and foster positive learning experiences on a daily basis.  They want to engage, challenge, and help students achieve their goals.  Even more, I’ve had many opportunities to observe in high school classrooms before student teaching. These experiences have furthered my desire to teach, and are preparing me for student teaching.

What words of advice would you give to other prospective transfer students? Transferring to a new college can be a difficult experience, especially after meeting new people and getting comfortable at another college.  But, SUNY Plattsburgh welcomes transfer students and supports them in any way possible. This greatly eased my anxiety. Even more, attending Open House and going on a campus tour of the college really helped me decide if SUNY Plattsburgh was the right fit for me. My tour guide from Open House ended up becoming one of my very good friends at school. So, visit the colleges you are thinking of transferring to!

What most surprised you about SUNY Plattsburgh? After two years of getting comfortable at another college and being accepted into their community, I thought that I wouldn’t discover another comforting and welcoming environment far from home – I was wrong. SUNY Plattsburgh has become my second home.


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