A Newbie’s Introduction to SUNYCAP

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Danielle Armentano

The College at Brockport
Admissions Assistant

I am still quite a newbie in my admissions role, however, my role in the field of higher education started as an incoming Brockport student in 2010. I knew in my first position, as a student manager in a business office, that I enjoyed working with students of all ages. My love for this grew as I entered one of my very first roles in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. I began as a Student Ambassador, fulfilled a temporary support staff role and then, at last, landed my career goal as an Admissions Advisor at my alma mater! I have held this position since July of 2014 and in that short time, I have been blessed with experiences and people that I will never forget.

As I began here, I was informed that new Advisors were to attend an annual conference that is held for new professionals in the SUNY system known as SUNYCAP New Professionals Orientation. I was ecstatic to know that not only would I be overnight in Albany with a whole group of my co-workers, but also meeting new professionals from other admissions offices all over the state. My expectations for SUNYCAP NPO were thoroughly exceeded. The group of people I spent those two days with weren’t any ordinary group of colleagues. Every individual that I had the pleasure of getting to know was welcoming, motivating, eager to teach, happy and most importantly, they all love what they do. I didn’t feel like a new professional in a huge organization. I felt like I had known these people and they had been my friends for years.

Beyond meeting everyone, the information that I took away from NPO couldn’t have been any more helpful. As a young woman in a career that forces you to be independent, I was a bit nervous for my upcoming fall travel. I can recall a specific session on the second day that outlined all of the nitty-gritty that goes into “life on the road.” Anthony LaPolla and Jillian Tucker gave us their real-life experiences and the dos and don’ts of travel season. Fall travel has since come and gone and looking back, I don’t know how I would have made it through without all of their advice!

I love what I do because no day is ever the same. The wide variety of people I have the pleasure of meeting and working with are excited to learn, grow and succeed. NPO was the perfect introduction to my career in admissions. Not only am I energized for what is yet to come, I have confidence and motivation to exceed in the field of higher education. Thank you to all of the wonderful people in SUNYCAP! I will see you all in June.