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Hello! About Me and My Path to Saint Rose

Hi, my name is Allison.  Thank you for reading my first official blog post for The College of Saint Rose!  I cannot express how excited I am to contribute to the talented community of Saint Rose bloggers.


Ice skating at the Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY, during Winter 2012! (Taken by: William Beyer)

Allow Me To Introduce Myself:

I can basically summarize my life in the following ways…

1. Student.  I’m passionate about learning and will continue being a student (whether officially or not) throughout my life.
2. Crafter.  Whether I’m making jewelry, painting, decoupaging, or doing the occasional needlework, crafts are what I often turn to in the down time between semesters or homework assignments.
3. Reader/Writer.  When I’m not reading textbooks, I’m reading for pleasure.  I write many papers as a grad student and truly enjoy the research and writing process.  No wonder I enjoy being a student!
4. Admirer of Nature.  I love hiking, running, and camping… just about anything involving being outdoors.  I often escape to a local town park (like Washington Park near Saint Rose) or drive along some back roads to take in the beautiful Upstate New York atmosphere.  I hail from a tiny town about 1.5 hours west of Albany called Saint Johnsville, NY, at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains where my love for nature grew.



My Path to Saint Rose:

I lived in Saint Johnsville from the time I was 6 months old until I turned 24 and moved to Albany to attend The College of Saint Rose.  However, I wouldn’t say that I chose to attend Saint Rose.  I honestly feel like Saint Rose chose me, and it was only a matter of time before I would pursue an academic degree at this institution.  I felt an instant connection to the beautiful, welcoming campus atmosphere and the friendly staff and students I interacted with during my campus tour as a high school junior.  One highly attractive aspect of the campus for me was the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary.  Knowing Saint Rose values and welcomes diversity in faith and offers a peaceful setting for the campus community to retreat to and/or worship has always resonated with me on a very deep level.  I often visit the Sanctuary when I’m looking for a quiet place to read or take a break from my hectic schedule. 🙂

For financial reasons and indecision about my academic/career goals, I didn’t attend Saint Rose as an undergraduate.  However, after finishing my A.A. in Liberal Arts and my B.A. in Psychology- coupled with my five years’ experience working in various positions on a college campus during undergrad- I knew it was time to make some big moves. When I realized Saint Rose offered a program in College Mental Health Counseling, it felt like fate.  This program joined my two major passions, psychology and higher education.  Needless to say, I only applied to one graduate program when the time came.  I can’t explain my level of excitement when I received my acceptance letter.  After my first semester, I realized what I was truly interested in pursuing was a career in college student affairs (which I’ll talk more about later), so I changed my major to College Student Services Administration (or as we in the program call it, “CSSA”).

Throughout my last year in the CSSA program, I hope to share what I’m learning in the classroom and what I’m doing outside of the classroom.  Some of the topics I look forward to blogging about include professional development experiences, my path to securing and working the required 300-hour CSSA internship, and various on-campus and community happenings.

  1 comment for “Hello! About Me and My Path to Saint Rose

  1. Alicia Audino
    August 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I truly LOVED my experience in the CSSA program, I can’t wait to read more about your last year in the program! btw I think a love for crafting and Student Affairs is a common combo…just ask Ian in Res Life 🙂

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