Brian Tedd '15Sophomore dual major in political science and philosophy from Baldwinsville, NY
The students, staff and faculty are some of the best I have ever met. They're always willing to go out of their way to help any student in any way they can. Also, the views are phenomenal and one of the aspects of the college that help calm me down when I am stressed out by classes or work.
What are your classes like?
Most of my classes are small, only about 20-30 students, but I have had a class with as few as seven students. This means that the professors have the ability to pay a lot of attention to each student which is something that is not afforded to a lot of students at larger universities where the classes are in the hundreds of students per course. Also, because of my majors most of the work I do is out of textbooks or in theory rather than in actual practice.
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
For me "theory into practice" means that we will be able to not only learn about the major topics in our classes, but we will be able to actually use these theories in practice whether that is through labs, mock conventions, or made up scenarios to test our knowledge on the topic.
How have your professors made an impact on your education?
My professors have all shown a vested interest in my successful education. Every professor I have had emphasizes coming to see them during their office hours. I took a 300-level class this past semester and because I was a First Year Student the professor emailed me frequently and met with me after class on a regular basis to help me understand the material. Any professor here would do this exact same thing for any student if the student took the initiative and talked to their professor.
What do you do outside the classroom?
Outside of the classroom I have several work study positions. Next year I will be the Hartwick Overnight Program Coordinator, a Blue Key Leader, and a Peer Leader. I have also worked in admissions and been an Orientation Leader, which I plan on doing again in the future. On top of that I was on an intramural basketball team and I am going to be in a multisport club next year. In the free time I have I am either doing my homework or hanging out with my friends in their rooms.
How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
To my friends back home I describe Hartwick as being built into a mountain and joke about how steep it is! None of them have a real appreciation for the hill until they actually come to visit, but then they understand. I also tell them about the small size (it has a smaller student body than my high school) and how that makes us a close-knit community.
What comes after Hartwick?
For me, after Hartwick means more school. I plan on attending law school, but I am not quite sure where yet. After that I would like to become a criminal defense attorney and hopefully someday in the future I could become a judge at either a county or state level.
What would you tell future Hartwick students?
I would tell future Hartwick students that this is the place to be. There are the faculty that want to help you succeed and the student body that is very friendly and open with anyone. This is an environment in which you can easily succeed. Also, the views are amazing and there is nothing like them, well, at least that I have seen.