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Do you recommend Chinese students to study in SUNY Oswego for a year? Why?
MonicaI was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN. In High School my Physics/Chemistry Teacher convinced me to go the the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology even though my grades would never suggest I had the ability. When I got there I struggled, but a few famous professors convinced me that I belonged there and at around age 23 my life changed in ways I could not imagine. I had a part time business fixing cars as cars were unreliable. I learned how to draw and my mechanical drafting were works of art. I often got in trouble for spending too much time making them works of art. In the military I wrote more than 1500 pages of letters and this helped me to be able to write fluently as I could speak. By the time I graduated I had skills that got me a job in one week two interviews hired. In four years my wages double. Yes this is my story. However I hope you see where this is all going, learn as many skills as possible. If programming, data-bases, or computer app development, marketing is in your future you need to learn these skills and they are not going to come from a class room.Life is not a social event. I have owned at least six different business in my life, Mechanical auto repair, auto body restoration and painting, drafting, and yes I had a full time engineering job. I learned CAD but was prohibited from using at my job with the State of Minnesota. Well I had contractors hire my to design projects from them even a Major Hospital had me do projects while still employed by the state. My wife and I purchased a Tanning Salon, the only big loser and we gave up after ten years. I retired six years ago and became a Construction Manager for Telecommunications and I have an offer to spend three months in Alabama. I also was hired and had six or eight projects as a Commissioning Agent. There have only been less than six years in my adult life that I did not have a separate business and half of these endeavors included my wife and life partner.I do not know your dream, start creating some and find someone who shares your energy and passion. I watched many rich people fail at a business their parents gave them or spent too much money. Forget about the vacation school. Oh I also a guitar player, I am a songwriter recording artist, play in many church bands, and have a blues band. Do this right and you will have a full filling life and leave your mark on this world that is getting smaller every day. Success is not luck you create that with your talent and skills
What are the best student organizations to join at SUNY Oswego? Why should students join them?
SUNY Oswego, like all the other state universities in NY state requires organizations, clubs etc to register themselves.the student association , which all students pay a fee to, gives a budget to all these groups depending on their membership Etc. This list will be simple to find.i belonged to the school newdpaper , the Oswegonian because I was an English major and there were lots of cool people there. I also had a radio show on the campus station. It was tons of fun. i also played intramural sports. Great stuff.Tons of groups to belong to.BUTThere is no best organization to belong to! IT’S ABOUT YOUR INTERESTS. Theres something for everyone. Just join .i graduated my undergraduate in 1997. Masters in 2003
What are the best reasons to attend SUNY Oswego?
GO LAKERS! The main reason I attended Oswego was because it was the only state school I got accepted into haha. It was one of my college choices because they had a hockey team (I had played hockey in HS but I was no where near good enough to join Oswego’s), they offered a broadcasting major (I was interested in pursuing a career in radio), and they had a photography minor (I had an interest in photography in HS but ended up not pursuing it in any way, shape, or form).Aside from that, it's a cool campus and they've upgraded it a ton since I graduated. They built a brand new campus center/college arena for their hockey team during my time, they've built new student housing, and if the programs are the same, they offer great opportunities. The views on the lake are amazing: one of the pitches they give you is Oswego has the 2nd best sunset in the world. I joined WNYO FM and it was one of the best experiences of my 4.5 years and I credit it with helping to lead me into the career path I chose (music industry).Oswego offers a wide variety of clubs and programs that will help you find yourself and help you find friends.The teachers I had, for the most part were great and we have a lot of famous and very successful alumni.The cons of going to Oswego is the lake effect snow, unless you enjoy winter. I didn't mind it until we got snow in April.I found out my freshman year Oswego was known as a heavy party school (most bars per capita in America at one point and they have the Bridge Street Run - a massive bar hopping experience). While I'm not advocating underage drinking, underage partying was a big part of my college experience and it may be a “non-educational” consideration for you as well.Good luck with your applications and if you decide to go Gold, congrats and good luck!
What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at SUNY Oswego?
Those who have said there is nothing to do, haven't looked very hard. Oswego is a small town so it certainly isn’t going to have the same options a metropolitan area does. But going to a university is about trying new things, so explore.Here are some options:Hike, walk, or jog one of the many wilderness areas near campus. Rice creek/fallbrook, Sterling Nature Center, Great Bear, chimney bluffs state park, or Salmon River falls trail.You can also walk numerous trails in the city, including river walks east & west and fort Ontario: Hiking & Biking TrailsFort Ontario and Safe Haven museum are worth exploring. Safe Haven is the only place in the US where refugees were allowed during WW2.Rent or borrow a kayak and paddle one of the MANY waterways in the area. There are the Oswego Harbor & river, deer creek, Sterling Creek, Salmon, Little Salmon, South Sandy Creek, & Sandy pond. There is now a local company that rents boats and bikes, Oswego ExpeditionsTake a day trip to the finger lakes or Adirondacks. The finger lakes are full of interesting small towns and wineries. The Adirondacks have some great mountain trails. Both have lots of waterfalls to explore. Waterfalls of New York MapSkiing is an easy sport to start in CNY. There are over thirty ski resorts in NYS and a dozen are easy day trips from Oswego. I SKI NY Gold Pass for 2018-19There are some great local musicians and a very active local music scene in Oswego and CNY. Live musicians can be seen almost every weekend in Oswego. If you don’t want to go to a bar, SUNY Oswego hosts acts and there is a music venue in town called the Oswego music hall. In addition to performers, they host regular open mic nights. OCPA | UPCOMING EVENTSFestivals, festivals, festival. There seems to always be a festival going on in Oswego or Syracuse.I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC, Boston and DC, as well as Syracuse and Rochester. If you are new to any area, it takes a little effort to find things to do that interest you. Once you do find some things to do, you’ll meet other people that share your interests and then you share ideas. More often than not, my problem is deciding what to do out of multiple overlapping options. But I was never into the bar scene anywhere, anyway.
What are the main reasons why students from SUNY Oswego don't graduate on time?
I was a rookie working with a training partner. We received information that a Mr so-and-so, had used a credit card from a man murdered the night before. So we found the guy and arrested him. He was wearing a gray jacket that had two red spots on it. (This was before the days of DNA). I was told to put in the report that it was the victims blood. Being an obedient rookie I did just that. I wrote that my training officer determined that the red spots were….At trial I was questioned about my ability to determine that the red spots were blood. I was honest: no ability whatsoever. I was asked why I put it in the report: training officer directed me to as written in the report. I was asked if I always do what the training officer told me to do: “Yes, sir.” asked why: “I do not want to be fired.”Apparently the detective on the case never tested the spots to determine if they were blood, determine blood type or anything.I told the truth. Case dismissed.
What is it like to be a summer student at SUNY Oswego? How is it different from the normal school year?
Wow, what great memories from the summer 0f 1982 in Osewgo! I think what I remember most was that I worked that summer at a Renaissance Festival just outside of town, and man was it a blast! The nights were spent downtown seeing bands like 805 at the Great Laker Inn, followed by the usual gatherings along Bridge St. The weather was perfect with some kick-ass Upstate New York thunderstorms. The most fun had to be the night we all ate mushrooms and camped out along Lake Ontario to witness The Northern Lights-a night I will NEVER forget. I believe you still have the Oswego Sub Shop there as well-I saw the website!! I delivered subs for them for four years of college-made a ton of cash also. Oswego is a great great place to be at for a summer in college. Have fun-I sure did, and I hope that this information helps. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the town is much quieter in the summer so getting to classes is easier and the overall school program was much more relaxed.
What are some useful tips for students starting their first semester at SUNY Oswego?
I know how you can get helpful tips about SUNY Oswego every day you are there.If you are coming in as a freshman, apply to live in Johnson Hall. It’s one of the nicest dorms on campus, in a good location, and, most of all, has programs to get freshmen started on the right foot.The first couple of weeks, the air conditioning will be a luxury (most dorms don’t have it) and you can hang out on the lake with your new friends. You will be meeting many people. At the very least you will meet them doing community service.It is more work to live in Johnson but all that work is geared toward good study habits, leadership and cooperation and community service. You’ll get to know other students and the Oswego campus and City better than you would on your own.And, you will get one tuition free credit at the end of the year.Johnson Hall is for Freshman only and one has to sign agreements to do a certain number of hours of community service and seminar attendance. A person who doesn’t do such will be reassigned to another dorm.Believe me, being at this dorm is a great start and you’ll be doing it with fellow freshman.
What are some frequently asked questions about Student Life at SUNY Oswego?
How safe is the campus at SUNY Oswego and should anything be done to make it safer?What are some tips and hacks for incoming freshmen at SUNY Oswego?What is it like to be a summer student at SUNY Oswego? How is it different from the normal school year?What is the academic pressure and workload at SUNY Oswego like?What are the best restaurants near SUNY Oswego's campus?How do undergraduates at SUNY Oswego spend their weekends?What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at SUNY Oswego?What are the best student organizations to join at SUNY Oswego? Why should students join them?What are some useful tips for students starting their first semester at SUNY Oswego?
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