5 Reasons I Chose To Attend SUNY Old Westbury

5 Reasons I Chose To Attend SUNY Old Westbury

"I felt such a warmth and comfort immediately upon driving into the campus."

Before I started attending S.U.N.Y at Old Westbury, I knew very little about the college. As part of my job as an assistant recreation therapist for Alzheimer's/dementia residents, I used to take my residents to a wonderful program called HorseAbility. HorseAbility is program for the disabled, mentally and/or emotionally challenged that offers them a chance to interact with horses. They get to groom them, walk with them, ride them (if they choose) and sometimes even paint them!! (Yes the paint washes off!) My residents loved it! This experience even triggered memories of riding horses when they were children which was incredible!

HorseAbility is located on the S.U.N.Y Old Westbury campus. I felt such a warmth and comfort immediately upon driving into the campus. I remember telling my co-worker "Maybe some day I'll go here!" Once I sat down and seriously thought about returning to college, here are some of the reasons why I chose Old Westbury:

1. I wanted to go to a small school where I could get to know my professors and not be known by just my student I.D.

2. I did not want to have to commute to NYC or have to move .I do have to deal with traffic.....this is Long Island after all!

3. Of course I wanted a college that offered a major I was interested in.

4. Another reason for wanting to attend a small school was to avoid as much bureaucracy as I could. Let's face it...All colleges have it, but from my experience so far at Old Westbury I can say I have experienced very little bureaucracy. My admissions process went very smoothly, They accepted a lot more of my transfer credits than I expected, which I was ecstatic when I received that news. Registration was a breeze. I had an awful experience at another S.U.N.Y school which made me leery of the whole process. I received a bill for classes I never attended for two years, despite many trips to the Bursar, Registrar, and Admissions offices. This can be very discouraging.

5) The campus is beautiful! It is located in one of the most affluent areas on Long Island. It looks like a state park. The buildings are clean and well maintained considering the low cost of tuition. I actually look forward to the drive to campus.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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