Graduate Student Profiles
SUNY Plattsburgh is home to over 300 graduate students who all represent a wide variety of backgrounds, experience, and programs.
Students choose our graduate programs for a number of reasons.
Check out what our incoming graduate students have to say about why SUNY Plattsburgh was the right choice for them!
K.C. Czermerys: Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S.
"I have always been interested in helping people and I felt as though counseling was the best way for me to do that."
I originally applied to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program because I have always been interested in helping people and I felt as though counseling was the best way for me to do that. I grew up in an extremely rural area with very little access to counseling services and it is something I want to change in the future.
Right now, I would really like to work with children and adolescents who identify as LGBTQ+ as there are so few resources for them, especially in rural areas. I originally applied to SUNY Plattsburgh just because of the CACREP accreditation, which was something my advisor highly recommended I look into because I was (and still am) unsure of where I wanted to practice after I graduated. I ended up committing to the program because I felt like I truly belonged. I felt as though I found my place in Plattsburgh.
After spending my undergraduate years in rural Vermont, it is nice to be somewhere that I can walk most places I need to be. I am so used to driving 15 minutes just to get groceries, so it is exciting to be close to things. I also love Montreal, so Plattsburgh’s proximity to the city is a huge positive. I am very excited to start my education in counseling, especially since I am attending SUNY Plattsburgh. There are so many people I want to be able to help as well as so many things I want to change, and I know that this program will help me achieve those goals.
Grace Kelly: School Psychology M.A./C.A.S.
"I learn best working hands on, so I was very attracted to Plattsburgh’s applied training opportunities."
Throughout my time at St. Lawrence University, I always knew I wanted to work with kids and the community in some field of psychology. Thankfully, the path for my future became clearer after learning about the School Psychology graduate program at Plattsburgh. I learn best working hands on, so I was very attracted to Plattsburgh’s applied training opportunities in school settings.
Also, the chance to work close with faculty as a result of the smaller faculty to student ratio stood out to me because it is the kind of supportive environment I thrive in. Through researching the program, I read through the courses required of program and was overcome with excitement for the thought of focusing my learning with others passionate about school psychology. Not only was I looking to expand my knowledge of school psychology and I wanted to come home, also.
I am from Beekmantown, NY, which is around ten minutes from Plattsburgh. I thought it would be nice to reconnect with old friends, see how the community has changed over the years, conquer more mountains in the ADKs, and to watch my younger brother finish high school. Overall, I’m beyond thrilled to have been accepted into Plattsburgh for graduate studies and can’t wait to start in the Fall!
Niat Gebreeyesuse: Data Analytics M.S.
“I acknowledge the diverse and appealing culture of the campus. I believe this helps to develop students' communication skills.”
The experiences we encounter play a significant role in altering the outlook we have towards our lives and our future. Facing all these structured my life; it helped me to see things in a different way now more than ever. After graduation, I studied civil engineering as a first degree for five years in Mekelle University, Ethiopia. In addition, I studied some business administration courses in SUNY Plattsburgh for a year to have the basic background in business school.
In this experience, I have been part of the community on campus and I am one among many who acknowledge the diverse and appealing culture of the campus. I believe this helps to develop student’s communication skills while being part of a diversified environment. Furthermore, I admire those people who enjoy new environments, face challenges and have diversified experiences. I look forward to achieve my dreams in SUNY Plattsburgh.
Currently, I am an entering student of a master’s program called Data Analytics. Data analytics is a master’s degree that is programed to help business companies. The program enables a business to grow which aid’s the business using an existing information. In addition, it empowers business companies to comprehend industry knowledge and predict future economic status.
From my first degree experience, I have been part of two internship programs and these programs made me realize that studying in business school and information technology is advantageous to better manage a business company. This led my interest to fall up to proceed with my studies and be part of a master’s program.
In this program, I would like to work on research programs, especially in project management. I am interested to learn how to implement latest software programs to analyze data. As a career plan, I am interested to use my first degree in combination with Data Analytics. In addition, I want to work in hospitals in the application Data Analytics.
Lily Delmarsh: Natural Science M.S.
“This program is great because it allows me to utilize research unique to the Plattsburgh region while getting an education and acquiring skills I can implement anywhere.”
My name is Lily Delmarsh and I am from Manlius, NY. I grew up spending my summer’s in the Adirondack Mountains exploring the outdoors. When I am not at school you can always find me on the slopes or hiking the High Peaks. I am entering SUNY Plattsburgh’s M.S. Natural Science program this coming fall.
This past spring I graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Environmental Science and was involved in multiple undergraduate research projects as well as working as a research assistant at the Lake Champlain Research Institute (LCRI). I became very passionate about the research I did through the LCRI and the DEC long-term monitoring data on Mysids (Mysis diluviana) studying their size class and population densities in Lake Champlain.
This program is great because it allows me to utilize research unique to the Plattsburgh region while getting an education and acquiring skills I can implement anywhere. The faculty here inspired me to further my education and I look forward to all that I will accomplish in my next two years here.