When it came to choosing a college, an important factor was the cost. Majority of schools I applied to were out of state colleges where tuition alone was $40,000 a year. I was so upset that I could not go to my dream school, unless I wanted to be $200,000 in debt before graduate school. I remember my parents sitting me down and saying “You can choose between Delaware Valley or SUNY Cobleskill. Those are your options.” My response was “Since I can’t go to Ohio State, I don’t care where I go to college.” It wasn’t until I was here that I realized Cobleskill was my dream school.
Funny story, I was supposed to go to Delaware Valley. That was the school my parents preferred (It was also the only school my father had visited). That year, my senior year of high school, the NYS FFA Convention was being held at SUNY Cobleskill. My mother happened to be a chaperone on the trip and she fell in love with the school. We both decided this is where I belong. While I was off competing in Aquaculture or Agricultural Business, my mother was talking to a counselor and making sure I would be a student that fall.
Once I was here, I loved the small class sizes and hands on experience. If I would have ended up at any other school, I would have been a number in a class with 400 students. Here, I have had classes with less than 15 students and teachers know my name. At Cobleskill it is easy to find your passion and succeed at it. Where else would I have been given opportunities to help deliver livestock, inseminate them, and slaughter them? I fell in love with the students, the faculty, and the community. I had the opportunity to transfer to Cornell for my junior year, but I chose to stay at Cobleskill. I am in my senior year now and I’m still not ready to leave.2013-09-03