Bobby Mele '14Nursing major from Setauket, NYWhy Hartwick?
I chose Hartwick because it was the best college for me. After my tour of Hartwick, no other college or university could compare to Hartwick.
What are your classes like?
My classes are amazing. I never thought that during my college career, I would have so much personal attention from my professors and instructors. Also, the class size is so small that my questions and personal opinions can be shared.
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
You, as an individual, are able to study and learn about what you believe in, and are able to express and explore your beliefs in a classroom, laboratory, research, presentation, published setting.
How have your professors made an impact on your education?
My professors have made an amazing impact on my education. I mean, where would my education be without them? If I ever have a problem, I can easily walk into their offices and talk to them. Also, I can get an e-mail response from them so quickly!
What do you do outside the classroom?
College isn't just about your education, it's learning how to be you! By taking part in leadership roles around campus, I discovered and learned how important leadership is in a community. Socialization is so important in our world. You do it all the time, whether it be on Facebook, through a text, or chatting with your friend. That's all socialization! The people you interact with help build your personality, and I've met such wonderful people at college who have already influenced my life! I'm currently an RA in Smith Hall, I have a position as an At-Large Senator with Student Senate, and I'm a Blue Key Tour Guide.
How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
I describe Hartwick as my other home, because your college/university is your home! Whenever I go home on breaks, after three days, I cannot wait to get back to Hartwick. I tell my friends all about my college adventures, what I've been studying, what my college friends are like, and so much more!
What comes after Hartwick?
What comes after Hartwick? My future, obviously. Currently, I want to go to graduate school and receive my doctorate in Nursing Practice and become a Nurse Practitioner, specialty not decided yet.
What would you tell future Hartwick students?
I would tell future Hartwick students to try anything they are interested in — that is legal, of course. Hartwick can help broaden your opportunities, but it's up to you to broaden your hobbies, your career, and overall, your future. Hartwick can change your life, you just have to take the initiative to do what you think is best for yourself.