Why did I choose SUNY Cobleskill? I’ve heard the question many times, but I always answer it a little differently…perhaps because our present experiences can reveal with more clarity the motivations of our past.
At the time, SUNY Cobleskill seemed like a “no-brainer”—it was close to home, meaning I could commute (and thereby avoid room-and-board costs), it was affordable, and it would do well to serve as a transition from homeschooling to a more structured classroom setting.
Though all of these were true reasons for my choice of SUNY Cobleskill, looking back allows me to see that they actually combined for a more nuanced and personal motivation: accommodating my personality.
I am not afraid of responsibility, and I welcome a challenge—particularly an academic one. I love logic and debate, reading and writing, thinking and philosophizing (or attempting to, at least). I’m a bit of an over-achiever in school—yes, I am that girl—but one thing that I prefer to take slowly, even if it is related to my beloved academics, is change.
Change is obviously part of life. Every moment, everything about us is changing—so it is not as though I am not familiar with the process (and in fact, I am somewhat resigned to it). However, when it comes to determining my own future, especially in regards to the enrichment of my mind and character through education, I like change to come slowly—so that I can take the time to grasp what is crucial and what is peripheral, to make informed decisions, and to achieve a balanced approach to my schooling.
Choosing SUNY Cobleskill, which is not only close to home but is also a very reasonably sized school, allowed me to do just that.
I think college doesn’t have to be a drastic change from one’s old life, especially if someone (like me) would prefer to maintain certain elements of their familiar lifestyle, or at least recreate them so that they remain recognizable. In that way, due to its proximity to my home, SUNY Cobleskill has allowed my college experience to be metamorphic, rather than abruptly transformative.
For others, the “blank slate” or “fresh start” aspect of a college far from home may be ideal. For me, however, staying within my “comfort zone” in some areas gave me the chance to seek out exciting, dynamic, and unfamiliar opportunities in other aspects of college life, a strategy which put me on the path towards a practical and successful end.2013-09-12