SUNY Orange Graduate Jane Warrington Writes About Her Experiences at the College and How They Prepared Her for Attending John Jay

I originally started at SUNY Orange straight out of high school but I really wasn’t ready for college. I did as my parents wanted and attended my first semester. That was a big mistake. I failed many of my classes and wasted a lot of my parent’s money. I finally decided to drop out of college and I started working in a retail job full-time for a few years. I hated it!

Finally, in the summer of 2009, I had enough of retail and decided to head back to college. I was 100% ready this time and I knew exactly what I wanted to study. I promised myself that I would work hard and strive for a better future. I returned to SUNY Orange with a GPA of 1.64. After studying really hard and barely having any kind of social life, I graduated from SUNY Orange with a 3.29 GPA.

Many people said I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I wanted to have the honors gold cord around my neck, showing everyone that I graduated with honors. That was motivation enough. At the end, I got my gold cord and, not only was my family proud of me, but I was more proud of myself.

My experience at SUNY Orange was a great one. I learned early that if you studied hard and showed an interest in your classes, your teachers loved you. I walked away from SUNY Orange having made close relationships with many of my teachers who not only gave me good advice but, also instilled in me the belief that I could achieve anything through study and hard work.

As an example, Mrs. Fedrizzi-Williams , Chair of the Arts and Communication Department, would tell our class,”Start Strong and Finish Strong” and that has been my motto to this day. Even though I graduated from SUNY Orange, I still keep in contact with my professors and my advisors. I was also a part of the international club on the Middletown campus. I started as the treasurer of the club and graduated as the president. The International Club encouraged not only overseas students to join but everyone at SUNY Orange was welcome. We arranged trips to such places as the United Nations and Washington D.C., to see the White House and other places of interest.

Last semester, I started at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to study Forensic Psychology. Yes, in the beginning, I was nervous, even afraid, but again through hard work and determination, I came through with a 4.0 GPA. I wanted to prove to myself that I belonged there and I did. I am very proud of my achievements!

Even though I was afraid and nervous at the beginning, I now feel like John Jay is where I should be. My goal for Spring 2014 at John Jay is to be accepted in the combined BA/MA program and eventually go on to earn a PhD degree. When I graduate from John Jay, my goal is to work with the FBI, NYPD or similar organization.

Why is it important to complete a degree?

Completing a degree gives you a clear advantage over someone with only a high school diploma.

What are the benefits of having earned a degree?

You enjoy better employment opportunities, higher salaries, and a greater sense of achievement.

What has provided you the most inspiration as you pursued obtaining your degree?
I was inspired by being surrounded by positive people who encouraged me to do well. I’m a big believer in surrounding myself with anything or anyone positive. I always write positive notes on post-its to myself and put them wherever I can see them. Sometimes I would find myself wanting to give up but then I’d look at those little notes to myself and they’d inspire me to keep going. Also, my father is an inspiration to me. He attended SUNY Orange years ago as a part-time student and is now interim chair of the Applied Technology Department and is currently working on his PhD.

What does a degree mean today?

Today and as always, a degree means a step forward toward better opportunities, a higher salary and the knowledge that you can further your education to a higher level of your choice.

What advice would you give to other students who are currently in the process of completing their degree?



3. When you get to the end of your journey, stop, rest a while and continue until you get to your next destination.

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