Recap: Photo Blog

Fall 2020 brought a different atmosphere to SUNY Oswego. The Covid-19 pandemic put a pause to face-to-face activities, along with a lot of testing, hybrid & online classes & social distancing. However, that didn’t stop me from doing what I love to, take pictures📸.

Throughout the semester I did my best to make most of everything and capture the scenery that SUNY Oswego has to offer. Below is a gallery of pictures that I have taken over the course of the Fall 2020 semester. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!


2020 has sure thrown a lot at everyone and I am super thankful to be able to end this semester healthy and happy. This semester has been a huge learning and growing experience for me as a person and as a student.

Im grateful for this internship because it has given confidence and clarification that I love what I do and what I want my future career to be. I have improved my skills as a writer, taken a dive back into photography and kept tabs on new social media outlets.

Being President of a sorority isn’t the easiest, especially during a Pandemic and remote learning, but my organization made the most of it and were able to help me along the way. This position helped me become a more understanding communicator and helped me get to know 50 girls more than I did before.

There isn’t a lot to look back on in 2020, but I’m relieved I can go into December with new experiences and opportunities in my belt, to be home for the holidays surrounded by family, and to have friends that stay in touch every day even though we can’t be together.

2020 and this Fall semester are ones to remember, or to purposely forget, but at least we can all say we experienced it together.

Student Teaching Makes The Difference

Two of my best friends here at Oswego are Education majors who are super passionate about what they do and what they will do in the future. Olivia Grecco and Rachel Fogel spend a lot of their time grading papers and making lesson plans for their students.

Although the Pandemic threw a wrench in their plans for student teaching in person, they’re still getting a lot out of the virtual experience each week. Hopefully this won’t be something they have to prepare for again in the future but the way school works in person may be changed forever and they are getting experience with it now as students.

Olivia is a Childhood Education major with a concentration in English. As a Junior here at Oswego she was super excited to have her first year of student teaching, even though it wasn’t how she expected.

I talked to Olivia about her experiences with student teaching, “It provides us with real world experiences of what we hope to pursue in the future,” she said. “I am grateful for student teaching as it allows us to foster connections with both current teachers and students.”

Olivia is super passionate about all things in life and I can see her being the most amazing teacher. Whenever any obstacle is thrown at her she finds the best way to overcome and keep going. I am grateful for our friendship and so excited to see her grow as a student and future educator.

Rachel Fogel is a Senior at Oswego who plans to come back for a 5th year to complete her Masters. Oswego has given her countless friendships and memories that she wants to continue to make here. Oswego has given Rachel so many opportunities and she is so excited for what’s to come.

“Student teaching gets us more involved in a classroom,” she said. “It gives us more experience and knowledge on what a real classroom would be like. It also helps us learn about the different kinds of learners there are to help us better adapt in the future.”

I have seen Rachel get so excited about her students submitting work and just participating and trying in general. Virtual learning is not easy for anyone and it really shows when the student isn’t motivated.

Rachel is a double major in Adolescent Education and English and spends a lot of her free time writing papers of her own and preparing things for her next week of student teaching. She is so passionate about her students and how much they have improved over the course of this semester, even with all of the challenges both the students and teachers have faced.

Looking forward I am so excited to see where my friends go and believe they will be the kind of teachers to change lives and make a difference. Their passion and effort speaks louder than their words, and they will be the kind of educators that there should be more of in this world.

Student Jobs On and Off Campus

Myself and many of my friends are full-time students but we are also employed part-time. I have learned how to balance school and work while still getting to hangout with my friends. Being able to have a job when I came to college was important to me, because I have bills to pay and a car of my own.

I work off campus about 15 minutes away at a grocery store as a service desk attendant and a customer service lead. I work at the same grocery store at home so I am able to easily transfer between the two stores.

During college, I have been able to meet so many friends who work at this store too. There have been a few that are like me, that transfer from different store while they’re away at school. Most of the people I have met are actually residents in Oswego. We exchange stories all the time about how different our lives are but it is so excited to see familiar faces on campus from work.

A lot of my other friends work at the Telefund on campus at Oswego. They cold call to raise money for the campus. This money goes towards internships, study abroad programs, co-ops, and technology upgrades. Alumni can donate directly to scholarships and previous organizations that they were in while they attended Oswego.

For my friends who work here, they always talk about how much fun they have and all of the people they meet. They are now all close friends with the people they work their shifts with and spend time with them outside of work.

A big discussion for my friends and I was how important it is to us to have these friendships outside of our normal circles. Working on and off campus has given us a chance to meet so many new people, while getting paid, and attending classes.

2020 ALANA Student Leadership Conference

The multicultural atmosphere of the ALANA Student Leadership Conference gives many members of the Oswego community to learn and interact from the various programs that are presented. Celebrating its 34th year, the conference was unlike any other as all programs and events were presented in a virtual setting. This years’ theme was United First Nations and started on September 23rd through September 30th.

Day 1 of the conference kicked off with a virtual keynote from Minnijean Brown-Trickey who is one of the Little Rock Nine and is also a Civil Rights Activist. This powerful keynote was in collaboration with the Student Association Programming Board (SAPB).

Day 2 was the ALANA Alumni Leadership Virtual Panel, hosted alongside the Alumni Office Staff. This event had the return of alumni and expressing their experiences post their SUNY Oswego graduation. As well as engaging both current students and faculty alike. Moderators included student presidents from the Latino Student Union, the Caribbean Student Organization, and the African Student Organization.

The Latino Student Union hosted Day 3 with their program called “You Can’t Fight Racism with Racism.” This was an informative program and offered important information.

Day 4 of ALANA included virtual dancing! The Caribbean Student Association and the IMAGE Step Team hosted “Mi Hav Fi Move.” A fun program providing the history of dance in the Black community.

Day 5 was the annual ALANA Peace Walk hosted by the Black Student Union. This year would mark 10 years since the first peace walk took place in 2010. Due Covid-19 the Peace Walk was in a virtual platform with the founders of the first walk as the guest speakers.

Day 6 was the ARTSwego/ALANA Live Virtual Performance by Broadway performer, Mandy Gonzalez. An excellent performance with a pre-recorded duet from Gonzalez and a student from the vocal program. The President of the Asian Student Association was the student host.

Day 7 & the final day of the conference ended with a webinar with Tommy Orange, the author of “There, There.” This book was the ORI for the ALANA conference. People in attendance got the opportunity to ask questions. Tim Nekritz, Professor Mohammadi & LSU President, Jayvana Perez were the hosts.

This conference was definitely one to remember. Those that were involved put in a lot of work to provide the events and programs for the Oswego campus community. Can’t wait to see next year’s conference in Fall 2021.

Voting in 2020

The 2020 election will probably be the most historic and memorable election of our lifetime. I believe that everyone who can vote, should vote. This was my first opportunity to vote in a Presidential election.

Since I live in an off-campus residence in Oswego, I was not home in Buffalo to vote. I was able to send in my absentee ballot a few weeks back. Most of my housemates are from Long Island and the drive back would have been too far for them to vote, they participated in the election with their mail-in ballots too.

For most of my friends and myself, this was our first time being able to participate in a Presidential election. With the pandemic going on, mail-in voting was extremely popular and important this year. Some people chose this option just because it was safer, others chose it for convenience, some chose it for both.

It is still pretty early on Election Day, but there have already been record amounts of votes cast between the early voting option offered this election and people who were waiting at the polls before they even opened.

No matter who you voted for, your vote matters. The mail-in voting option could potentially decide this election because of the outside circumstances effecting each and every American. It is too soon in the day to tell, but there is a strong possibility we will not know who our President for the next four years is on election night.

Greek Life Goes Virtual

Since my second semester Freshman year, I felt as if I was very hands on within the community and on campus thanks to my sorority. Greek life is known to be very involved in giving back, it is easy for us to bring organizations together and do something good.

It also feels really good to be able to give back. I have heard a handful of stories as to how organizations choose to give back to certain non-profits because those non-profits have personally helped them at some point in their lives.

Sigma Tau Chi and Sigma Delta Tau are taking their annual ΕΔΤ with ΕΤΧ virtual this semester. This event gives back to the Ronald McDonald House which personally helped a sister when she had lost someone very close to her.

Alpha Epsilon Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma, and many other organizations created virtual fundraisers this semester and were able to gather donations by promoting the fundraisers on social media.

Greek life organizations were also able to welcome new members this semester. Even though recruiting took place online, there was no shortage in students wanting to become more involved in organizations.

A lot of things have occurred virtually rather than in person, but we wanted to make sure they still happened because they are truly milestones when joining Greek life. Events such as Bid Day and Big Little Reveal all took place over zoom. These are an important time for members to meet and bond with new members and there was no doubt in our mind that they still needed to happen.

Scenic Oswego

Oswego really does have some of the most beautiful views, from sunsets to walks in the park along the lake, you can never go wrong.

The hike to the lighthouse is a work out, but its worth it. I’d say it took my friends and I about 45 minutes on the rock trail to get out to the lighthouse. It’s really important you go on a nice day since you are going pretty far out into the water and its just you and the rock trail. If you can make it out to the lighthouse and look back at Oswego it is so nice to see the park at a different angle.

From living in Onondaga Hall for my sophomore year, to just spending time on campus and at the lake with friends, I have seen some of the best sunsets in my entire life.

I live about five minutes from Lake Erie when I’m home and have seen plenty of sunsets, but none compare to the views Oswego has given me. How close we are to the lake was definitely something I considered when choosing Oswego because it reminded me of home.

Breitbeck Park and Wright’s Landing also bring great views, especially now in the Fall. These are both great places to go for a walk along the water or around the park itself.

The Flatrocks are also a popular destination along the lake. They are the perfect spot to watch the sunset or just hangout with friends. If you visit Oswego during the summer, or even the beginning of the Fall semester, you should have a lake day and claim your spot on the rocks.

The Harbor Rail Trail is located at the corner of West Utica Street and West First Street. It is a bridge that takes you up and over Oswego River and gives you views of the lighthouse and Lake Ontario.

These are only some of the many places to go and scenic views in Oswego. Having the lake so close gives you so many opportunities to do fun things with your friends and enjoy the outdoors. Places like these will help get you out of the dorms or your house and into fresh air.


As a first semester senior I am lucky enough to not have any midterms, but they are super common here at Oswego. Most of my friends are juggling turning in assignments while making sure they take their midterms at the correct time this week. From past experience, the best advice I could have is to not stress about them.

Midterms are a way of testing your knowledge of the class at the half way point of each semester. As a Public Relations major I have only ever experienced midterm exams in elective classes. I tend to be tested by my ability to write a paper and the information inside of it rather than exams.

After realizing the less I stressed about midterms, the better I did, I soon felt more comfortable and prepared for them. I spoke with some of my housemates and they agreed, as long as they laid out a proper amount of study time prior to the midterm, they felt comfortable and confident in taking the exam.

I have always been a terrible test taker and never felt is was an accurate way to judge what information I have absorbed in a class. I have always taken the optional written exams rather than a multiple choice when they are offered. I find writing to be much easier, even though it may take a little longer. If you think you are a better writer and this option is being offered to your class, I really do suggest trying it out.

Midterms tend to come up on everyone pretty quickly, professors included. The most common realization is that it’s already half way through the semester. Especially with the majority of classes online this semester, everything has been flying by. Midterms are a good way to pace yourself for the rest of the semester. Once you get your grade back, you can figure out what you need to look back on and study more for your next exam or final.

I suggest looking at midterms in a positive way to plan out the rest of the semester and to get yourself in the right mindset rather than a hard test that you don’t want to bother studying for.

Intern Introduction

Greetings Laker Family!

My name is Nsikak Ekong and I’m one of the Social Media Interns for the Office of Communications and Marketing. I’m currently a 2nd Semester Junior majoring in Information Science and minoring in Digital Humanities.

This is my second year at SUNY Oswego as a transfer student. I transferred from Nassau Community College with an Associates in Arts. Since arriving at Oswego I started to get in involved in a wide variety of organizations and committees. This year I’m sitting on SA Cabinet as the Director of Marketing/Photography for the Student Association. I’m also the Vice President of the African Student Organization and the Director of Marketing for the Black Student Union.

Photography is one of my favorite pastimes as I get to capture moments, nature and tell stories. During this academic year I will be sharing this photos on this platform to highlight and capture moments from around the SUNY Oswego community.

Looking forward to share this moments with all you!