We had about 30 students and some staff at the on-campus student forum this week. Most students were from NYC. I shared information on Red Hook, its significance to the college, and opened the floor for student questions and thoughts.
I asked why they came to the meeting, where they saw opportunity, and what sort of challenges they identified, and they made the following points:
- Having a space in Brooklyn will offer current students the opportunity to meet alumni living in NYC and shape their post-college path
- One student is currently in the entrepreneurship class and sees our presence in NYC as an opportunity for him to make connections and get his ideas off the ground
- When I asked why students from NYC chose Geneseo, a lot of them said they knew very little about the college when they got accepted (one even shared a story about a friend driving upstate with her family to check out Geneseo, only to have her dad tell her it was too far away and it wasn’t happening … yikes!). Our presence in Brooklyn will get our name out there and improve our influence for prospective students.
- There is excitement over the potential for courses and research that will benefit the Red Hook community; topics like transportation, education, advocacy came up
- They easily saw connections between their college career and the opportunities in Red Hook, especially when it comes to coursework – it just makes sense, they said.
- One student said a summer course would make her stay at home a “little more exciting.”
- Definite interest in funded research and internships in Red Hook, including ambassadorships and grants through Sponsored Research
- Seemingly unanimous agreement that Geneseo is A LOT different from NYC, and it’s a bit of a transition for students. Perhaps there is potential for some sort of on-site orientation to get all NYC students in one room before school starts.
- Housing for students not from NYC
- A lot of enthusiasm at the begin that ultimately fades away
- “Everyone is going to want a slice”
Read coverage in The Lamron for more information.