Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Student Testimonial - Tiffany Loo
"When I first sat to take the exam in this room, I knew that college was going to be rigorous. When I was told that I had to go to the summer program, I was filled with what almost every one of you must feel; hope, happiness, and major anxiety. I was worried that I was not going to make it through the summer program and therefore was not going to be attending a college in the fall of 2013. I also thought that my last summer before college was taken away from me and I was going to face a challenge that I never had faced before.
Going through the program, I was immediately welcomed by all the peer mentors in a friendly and awesome way. Everyone wanted to get to know you and what your interests and aspirations were. They treated you like family from the very beginning. One of the most important things I learn throughout the summer program was that everyone was in the same boat. Everyone was learning about different cultures, differences, and by the end of the program, everyone found a part of themselves that they hadn’t already known. The AOP program at SUNY Geneseo truly is the place for you to find yourself, and especially if you are talking about value this AOP program in particular has it all.
Almost every senior graduating this semester grew in their college experience with all the AOP staff and students from their incoming class year. When I asked some of the seniors who they were going to stay in contact with, or who their best friends were on campus, they all named people in their AOP class. We are a tight family; and all the counselors here do a really great job supporting you. One of the most important things I learned that these counselors do as opposed to other counselors on campus is that they really remember you and your stories; you are not just another number in the pile of 5,000+ kids. They can recall your name, your story, and your aspirations in a heartbeat; and when you are in a stressful situation or environment, as college is often challenging, you have a tight close support system that will help you get through anything.
I honestly can go on and on about how great and passionate I am about this program. I really believe in this program. In terms of summer classes, I have yet to hear from anyone who has regretted going through the summer program. I definitely wouldn’t have changed anything about my experience so far. If you guys need someone to reach out to or find out if you will be truly happy here you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the end, you have to choose the college that suits you best, and I really think all of you can succeed here. Thank you!"