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Chrystial Anderson ’16

Chrystial Anderson

Alumni Spotlight: Chrystial Anderson

Early Childhood Education B.S., Class of ‘16

Where She's Going

I did my practicum at the Head Start in Cobleskill with pre-schooled age children and loved it. Because Cobleskill provided me with the opportunities to explore my major in real life situations, I was able to find a career path that I was passionate about. I wanted to help children through social work, so I decided on the Child and Family Services track of the Early Childhood Education major.

Now that I have graduated, I plan to get a job in the social work field and go on to get my Masters of Social Work in Child Life.
“Cobleskill has truly shaped me into the person I am today."

Mentors and Opportunities

Jeff Foote had a big impact on me at Cobleskill. When I first started going to Counsel for Student Activities (CSA) meetings, I was quiet but I volunteered for a lot of events and was eager to get involved. Throughout my time in CSA, Jeff has given me numerous opportunities to be a leader. I am so thankful for him and the other inspirational individuals that I had at Cobleskill that pushed me to keep going even when I wanted to give up.

Learning Lessons

I didn’t have an easy time in elementary school. I didn’t like it, but I had one teacher— Mrs. Ball— who never gave up on me. She pushed me to do better and told me that I could do anything that I wanted to do. This stuck with me all the way through my college career.

Cobleskill has truly shaped me into the person I am today. During my time there, I picked up a variety of skills, both in and out of the classroom, which will help me achieve my future goals. Some of these are communication, time management, confidence, team work, and patience. I learned these through classes, such as pubic speaking, being a part of Council for Student Activities, being on the cheerleading team, and being a Residential Assistant. These will no doubt be used in my career one way or another.

One of my favorite memories at SUNY Cobleskill was receiving the Excellence in Student Leadership Award my last semester; all my hard work and caring for others paid off.

Students, Take Note

Though I got involved later in my degree, I wish that I became part of Residential Life sooner. Even though I was an RA for a year, the bond I created with my residents was amazing. I was even given the opportunity to watch one of my freshman residents become an RA and lead her own floor.