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Meet Our Presidential Scholars for 2016-2017

SUNY Plattsburgh awards over $4 million in merit-based scholarships each year, but only one percent of all applicants will be nominated for the prestigious, full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. Last year, five of our best incoming students were selected to receive this award; let’s hear a few of their stories:

Alexander Hepburn

Photo of Alexander HepburnHometown: Corning, NY
High School: Corning Painted-Post High School
Major: Physics

Describe your personality: I am ambitious, dedicated, passionate, curious, easy-going.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose SUNY Plattsburgh for a few reasons. First, I knew the college had a strong academic background that was filled with professors who could help me achieve future goals. I also loved the beautiful scenery and being surrounded by the Adirondacks is an amazing perk of this university. These factors ultimately made me choose SUNY Plattsburgh.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2016: PHY 111 (General Physics 1) was definitely my favorite class from the fall semester. It was very engaging and always had interesting topics. Plus, I really love physics.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: Jimmy Webb and Alex Honnold, both of whom are professional climbers, have a tremendous impact on my life. They have really showed me that if you love something you should chase after it. They are also fantastic at what they do and love.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: It’s been great to meet people that share similar hobbies and goals. It really is amazing to have found people that have the same interests as mine, such as rock climbing and science. It has allowed me to connect with others, while also having a ton of fun.

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program has connected me to like-minded individuals that really do care about academia beyond the numbers.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? I really appreciate how much the campus has to offer students. Whether it be an academic group, or an outdoor club, or anything, you can find it at Plattsburgh.

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I could not imagine living without my chalk bag that I use for climbing at the indoor climbing wall in Memorial Hall. Nothing is better than winding down the day by hanging out with some friends and climbing around for a few hours.

 

Hannah Kubsch

Photo of Hannah KubschHometown: Red Hook, NY
High School: Red Hook High School
Major: Biology

Describe your personality: I am curious, ambitious, self-sufficient, outgoing.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose SUNY Plattsburgh because it was a good academic and financial fit for me.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2016: My favorite class was Evolution.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My mother has been the most influential person in my life.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: A trip to Montreal through Student Services

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The seminars provided by the Honors Program are really great at giving a different view on topics you might not have really thought about or had that much information on.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? I was surprised at how open people on campus are. Everyone is really friendly and happy to be here!

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I could not imagine living without flip flops. Seriously, don’t forget them!

 

Ella Levasalmi

Hometown:  Bethlehem, NY
High School: Bethlehem Central High School
Major: Nursing

Describe your personality: I am hard-working, funny, optimistic, energetic, dedicated.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose SUNY Plattsburgh because of the great nursing program and because I liked how genuinely friendly everyone was when I first visited! I’m glad I chose to come here because now it feels like home.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2016: My favorite class from the fall 2016 semester was my honors seminar, Israeli Film. Dr. Armstrong weaved in learning about Israeli history and culture in the films and discussions we had, and I always looked forward to it every week. The small class size made discussions really interesting and easy. I loved how every person in the class came from different places around New York, throughout the U.S. and all over the world and the discussions that came from those backgrounds.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My parents have definitely been the most influential people in my life. They raised me and gave me all the skills I needed to go to college, be independent and work hard to be successful.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: The Humans vs. Zombies game in the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. Everyone starts off as a human except for a couple of people and humans have to complete tasks and live life normally without being turned into a zombie. It’s a great way to meet new people and have an interesting walk to class!

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program is positively shaping my academic experience by creating a supportive environment. I often go to the Honors Center to do work, and while I’m there, I always see a friendly face willing to help out if I need it.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? How many different activities there are on campus. There is always an event going on or a club meeting and there’s something for everyone. I am part of several clubs already and I’m trying to join as many as humanly possible!

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I can’t imagine what my school year would have been like without my ukulele. I play it whenever I need a break from studying (and my computer screen), and I now play with the amazing Uke-A-Dooks.

 

Katie Moscati

Photo of Katie MoscatiHometown: Williamsville, NY
High School: Williamsville South High School
Major: Expeditionary Studies

Describe your personality: I am spunky, creative, curious, talkative, upbeat.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose to come to Plattsburgh because of its fantastic Expeditionary Studies program and small campus. I really love the welcoming feeling that the town of Plattsburgh has and how close it is to the High Peaks.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh class from the Fall 2016: My favorite class was “Does the 2016 Election Matter?” taught by Professor Olivia O’Donnell.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My parents and my brother have always been so supportive of me and allowed me to explore all of my interests throughout my life.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: The Odyssey Freshman Adventure Program was one of the best decisions I made coming into Plattsburgh. I made two of my closest friends I have on campus through that experience and it made me feel so welcome to the school.

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program is allowing me to make connections with students in different majors and expand my world view through engaging discussions. It’s really easy to just talk to people within your major, but honors seminars really get you out of that routine.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? I was surprised by how friendly everyone is! Someone always waves and says hello to me when I go to class. It is such a nice way to start the day.

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I can’t imagine not having a box fan! A RA told me to buy one during my orientation and I am so glad that I listened. It’s a total life saver!

Alyssa Turner

Photo of Alyssa TurnerHometown: Rogers, Arkansas
High School: Arkansas Arts Academy
Major: Environmental Science

Describe your personality: I am curious, adventurous, easygoing, determined, reliable.

Why did you choose SUNY Plattsburgh? I chose SUNY Plattsburgh for two reasons. The first reason was because of the location. Having access to the outdoors is very important to me and Plattsburgh couldn’t be in a more beautiful location. The Adirondacks not only provide a ton of hiking and exploring opportunities, but they’re also very different from the Ozarks, which was where I grew up. I was excited for the chance to learn about entirely new plant and animal life. The second reason I chose SUNY Plattsburgh was because of the size. I prefer small schools because it provides a chance to form deeper bonds with teachers and peers. The small size also made me feel very welcomed and helped me to settle in quickly.

Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh Class from the Fall 2016: My favorite class from the Fall 2016 semester was "Environment and Society" with Dr. Curt Gervich.

Name the person/people who have been most influential in your life: My mother has been the most influential person in my life.

Favorite Plattsburgh experience: My favorite Plattsburgh experience so far was going on a hike in the Adirondacks when the fall foliage was at its peak. The view was indescribable.

How is the Honors Program positively shaping your academic experience? The Honors Program helps keep my academic career in perspective. College is not just a time to become educated for a future job. It is also a time to educate and encourage my creativity and ability to look further than the surface. The Honors Program seminars I have taken enable me to ask “why?” more often, while also introducing me to topics I definitely would not have learned about in any other course. The Honors Program has also led me to many supportive and quirky friends from a large variety of backgrounds. We are all involved in different majors, so it’s fun to hear how our different backgrounds and interests affect us when we’re discussing a topic. All in all, the Honors Program has been a huge factor in why I enjoy SUNY Plattsburgh so much.

What surprised you most about SUNY Plattsburgh? The thing that surprised me the most about SUNY Plattsburgh was how helpful and engaged the faculty is, if you reach out to them. Most of my teachers from high school told me that the professors in college wouldn’t have the time nor the desire to help a student because they’re too busy. It was pleasantly shocking that when I did need help in some of my classes, the professors were always warm and made an effort to assist me in any way they could.

Name one item you brought with you this school year and couldn’t imagine living without: I can’t imagine not having my Jansport backpack. I shove so many things into my school bag. Any other backpack besides this one probably wouldn’t have been large or sturdy enough. I may have back problems when I’m older, but at least I can walk across campus with a thirty pound bag knowing it won’t rip and spill $100 books all over the snow.

 

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