Letter to the News Editor: Reflections on Changes to the Psychology Department

Michael Toomey, Contributing Writer

   I am proud to say that I am an Alumnus of SUNY Oneonta and had a wonderful four years there. Besides making friends and having many fun times, my favorite part of the college experience was finally figuring out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I came to Oneonta as an education major but proceeded to switch to psychology due to one thing: the professors. The professors in the psychology department not only helped me to develop a love for psychology, but did a tremendous job of showing me the different branches I could take as well as providing me with many chances to further my education with internships and research. I recently traveled back to Oneonta to visit some friends when I heard about the many changes being made to the department, and I was simply appalled. I learned how many of my favorite classes are not being offered anymore and heard rumblings from students about teachers leaving. The only reason I was able to decide what I wanted to do with my life was because I had so many wonderful professors that were willing to show me their branch of psychology, which then gave me options. I firmly believe that whatever is behind all of these changes in the department needs to stop immediately. Not for the alumni or the professors, but the new students that are being denied the full experience and pleasure of being in the Psych Department of SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta has grown tremendously over the years and is improving in every way, but it seems this department is taking a scary change for the worse. In closing, I encourage anyone that may read this to fight for the quality of the psychology department, for current students as well as the generations of students that will follow in your footsteps.

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