Now in its fourth year, the annual student-alumni excursion in New York City is hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Director of Alumni Engagement Kerry Gotham and Associate Professor of Biology Laurie Cook serve as advisers on the trip.
"Our goal is to create a complete experiential learning immersion for the students. We want them to experience firsthand the power of the Brockport network and learn from those who came before them that the sky is the limit. And, we have a ton of fun with it," said Gotham.
Auersperg's top 3 tips to students:
1. "Always be prepared. Don't wing it."
2. "Work hard, and learn from your mistakes. Identify the cause of your mistake, reflect on it, and you won't make that mistake again. You'll just make new mistakes. Repeat the process."
3. "Mix it up. Mature socially by meeting people who are different from you and look different from you. Then, build relationships with them. That's the real world."
Katelynn Demskie '20, Political Science
Brockport Student Government Vice President
"I really enjoyed talking with Marisa Ballaro ’07, owner of Ballaro Dance, at the dinner. She gave good advice about finding your passion, taking risks to work toward your passion, and making sacrifices to pursue your passion. I'm inspired to keep working hard, because although there will be bumps in the road, it will eventually lead to something really great."
Amanda Leavell '19, Meteorology, Forensics
"As for inspiration, CNN was all I needed. We were able to step in front of the cameras they used to see what it was like. As cliché as it sounds, I felt at home. Maybe not necessarily at CNN, but in front of a camera with a smiling face to report the next breaking weather story. When I put my mind to something, there is no stopping me."
Savannah Allen '19, History, Childhood Inclusive Education
"At Nike, we observed firsthand the thought and inspiration that goes into every design and advertisement. We saw the enthusiasm the employees have for their careers. They are not jobs, they are passions. You never know where life will take you, and you have to be open to all opportunities. If you work hard, the right career will come to you."
Halima Said '20, English
"I never imagined myself even entering one of these buildings, but as soon as I did, I could imagine myself working there one day. This was my second time in the city, but the first time I really got to explore it. As hectic and loud as it was, there is a kind of beauty in that. I feel like if I have any shot at making my dreams come true, it's in the middle of that chaos, and that was inspiring."