Eddy interview with Brendan O’Connell, Freshman, Major in Visual Arts
Interviewed by Cesar VillaIona, Freshman, Major in Computer ScienceI
Can you introduce yourself?
Yes, my name is Brandon O’Connell and I am a freshman and visual arts major and I am here to do this sociology interview.
Let’s begin. When did you first begin your college search process?
I first began the college search process later than I should have. In the winter of last year, I started looking into schools that I would want to go to. I didn’t finish until around May.
What support did you receive when looking at colleges?
My parents were very supportive when I was looking at colleges and applying for scholarships.
Why did you choose SUNY New Paltz?
I chose SUNY New Paltz because they offered me a small scholarship which I really appreciated and because it was one of the more affordable schools I applied to, also because I got into their art program which was important to me.
What Factors were there for you to consider when picking a school?
Location was important because I wanted to be close to home but also far enough where I can get out of the city.
What challenges did you confront when deciding to enroll at SUNY New Paltz?
I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do and what I wanted to major in or which career I wanted to pursue, which I’m still figuring out now. I started as a visual art major because I got into the art program and that seemed like a good place to start.
What would you change about your college search process?
I would apply to more schools and apply earlier so I would have more options. Although I am happy with my decision I didn’t really get the chance to look into SUNY New Paltz that much when I committed. I mainly focused on location and not the other factors.
Why is attending college so important to you?
Well partly because attending college has become a sort of a necessity but also because of the desire to gain new experiences and move away from home for a bit and figure out what I want to do with my life before I enter the workforce.
What goals do you have for yourself and how can college help meet those goals?
I want to find a career that is fulfilling to me and develop new skills as well as finding personal creative fulfillment. The art classes that I take will creatively fulfill me and I hope that I’ll be able to find classes that point me toward a career that I want to pursue.
What struggles do you anticipate having while being an undergrad student?
I imagine the workload would be a struggle managing my work and assignments while maintaining a social life.