“I had no idea what I wanted to pursue when I got here. My professors were key in helping me find my passion, and in teaching me how to capitalize on my strengths.”
Honors Studies, Liberal Arts Major '11
Casey Valdez was homeschooled and finished her high school level work when she was only fourteen. Too young to live on her own, she enrolled at SUNY Ulster part time. “I was so thrilled with my experience that first year that I decided I wanted to stay.”
Casey certainly took advantage of all SUNY Ulster has to offer. She received six scholarships from the Ulster Community College Foundation. Her consistent 3.75 GPA kept her on the President’s List. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she was also a member of the math team, served as a Student Director on the Ulster County Community College Association Board of Directors, was Student Government President and served on the Student Advisory Panel to the President and Vice President.
So, it comes as no surprise that Casey is heading off to American University in Washington D.C. with a Dean’s Scholarship for ranking among the top percentage of transfer students. She plans on studying philosophy and asserts, “I want to be an entrepreneur, an ethics/social responsibility consultant for national and global corporations and eventually run for office.”
Casey may very well have a big dream, but we at SUNY Ulster know she will not settle for anything less than fulfilling that dream.
Her words of wisdom to anyone thinking about coming to SUNY Ulster: “It’s the best investment you will ever make in your own future. I started here and I’ve already gone far.”