The Big Picture

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See that picture? It’s a still from a personal video that I filmed for an assignment. I was challenged to find a spot on campus that I wanted to capture and that had great composition. This mobile sculpture is found between Shineman and Park Hall.

Why did I start this post with this video? It encapsulates more about Oswego than you would think. Even in the smallest or seemingly quieter parts of campus you can find beauty. Anywhere you look has potential to be a feature in your next project or a place to relax and contemplate. It shows the attention to detail while also promoting student artists. The arts community in Oswego is standout, with innovative theatre, music, and more constantly being produced and showcased. You don’t have to look hard to find artistic opportunities.

This video also demonstrates that fact that I was immediately hands-on in my first year. As a current sophomore broadcasting and mass communication major, I had the ability to dive straight into my major, which was critical for me. I’m an avid participant in the campus station, WTOP, which has proved to be one of the smartest things I have done. I met my best friends and learned so much about equipment and other elements required to run a television station.

It also shows that there is a method to the madness, so to speak. Your professors will assign work, work with you, and try to make you the best you can be. So much is involved when creating your favorite movie or TV show, and the professors want to make sure you understand every element in order to be successful in the future. Trust me, if you put in the effort, you will know far more than when you first start a class.

There is more opportunity in Oswego than people often realize. Beautifully backdropped by Lake Ontario, students have the tools to develop rich relationships and make connections in order to be successful at the next level. The college experience is what you make it, and I’m happy to be creating mine at Oswego.

Jersey or “Joiesy”?

New Jersey… supposedly the dump of New York is where I am from. My name is Landon and I’m going to be attending Oswego this coming fall semester. I will be majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Forensic Science because I’m slightly crazy when it comes down to technology. This summer I am going to be blogging to you all about what I’m doing to prepare for college. What I want to do first is tell you about myself.

I first want to get this out of the way, we DO NOT say New Jersey as “New Joiesy”, that is just some stereotype that everyone thinks we do. On the other hand, we do “butter” and “water” as “budder” and “wader”. I am from Manalapan, which is a town in Central New Jersey next to Freehold where George Washington actually came through which is crazy in itself! I was born in Freehold but moved to Manalapan when I was 5. My parents are divorced but not like the crazy parents who throw their kids in the middle of every single argument they can think of. They are both good friends to this day and I can call myself one in a million to be blessed with a gift like that. I get to see both of them every other day which is awesome and they only live about 10 minutes away from each other. (Barely use any gas especially being the typical broke teenager.)

As for being a technology nerd, I can’t remember the first day I saw some type of technology because my face had to have lit up like the sun. My mom tells all of her friends how I always have had a knack for all technology. She told me that one day the VCR broke (what is a VCR again?) and I was so frustrated that it didn’t work that I took a toy hammer and hit it a couple times and I somehow actually fixed it. I am always keeping up with the latest in technology and I’m so crazy that every year since the iPhone 5, I’ve stayed up until 3 a.m. just to get the first batch of new iPhones. I’m the friend that everyone comes to for their questions or problems with their devices.

At Oswego, I’m looking to actually concentrate on Cybersecurity/Cyeberwarfare and hopefully work for the government when I’m older. But I’m not there yet and I have no idea what the future holds for me. I know that Oswego was the right choice for me the moment I stepped foot on the campus after driving for 6 hours straight. If anyone wants to contact me my email is : lpatmore@oswego.edu and my Instagram, which I live and breathe, is : @LJP1203. As with my buddy Collin, I am going to the July 12-13th orientation and hope to meet a lot of you there.

Peace current and future Lakers!

~Landon | ’19

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It’s YOUR College Experience

Seeing as this is my first blog post for SUNY Oswego, I wanted to start with an introduction of myself and my time at Oswego. So hello! My name is Ryan Sperry and I am a senior public relations major with a concentration in marketing. I’ve been involved a lot on campus. I was a DJ at WNYO 88.9 FM, president of the Oswego State Singers select vocal ensemble and captain and player for broomball, volleyball, softball and a few other intramural sports. As a PR major, I’ve also been involved in Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and have interned for the Compass and the Public Affairs Office. I have also spent the last two years working as a resident mentor in Johnson Hall working with first year students. I even danced a little with Del Sarte Dance Club. The list goes on and on. I’ve always been the kind of person to seek out new opportunities and experiences. Which brings me to my next point.

At SUNY Oswego, YOU define your college experience. There is so much to do here, enough where you will graduate and no matter how hard you try, you’ll only touch the surface. So how do you choose? When I got here two years ago, I was overwhelmed by how much there was. There are hundreds of choices and if you don’t like any of them, you can create your own club or set up your own pick-up games or whatever it is you want to do. Since I’ve gotten here, I watched one of my friends start Cut the Craft and a few other friends start the fishing club and badminton club. They have everything here! So how do you figure out what you want to do to have the best experience?  I have three tips.

1. Do something you love.

Find something you loved to do for fun at home. Or maybe even something you liked to do in gym class like flag football or going to open skate every day. It’s great if you love your major and the work you do, but find something outside of academics. You need some type of stress relief and what better way to get rid of stress than doing something you love and can completely immerse yourself in. You’ll probably find people with common interests and end up making your best friends there.

2. Do something you need.

In this world, just a college degree is not going to get you far, especially if you want that awesome dream job working for that high profile company that requires years of experience for even entry level employees. So find something that you need for that job. It doesn’t have to be miserable either, especially if you love what you are doing. Find an internship on-campus.  Join a club that coincides with your major or prospective industry. Do some community service. The more you can put on your resume that proves you’re responsible and passionate about what you do, the better your chance will be of finding a job after graduation.

3. Do something new.

One of the best things about college is being surrounded by new opportunities. The possibilities are endless. So reach out of your comfort zone and find something that interests you. Play broomball, learn how to dance, learn capoeira, get a personal trainer, take music lessons…do something! Even if you don’t like it, just move on to the next thing. At least you’ll realize something about yourself and other people. Who knows, the next time you try something new could completely change your life.