Alumni Update – Brian Willis
First and last name: Brian Willis
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Class year: 2015
Major: Criminal Law and Behavior
Clubs and activities you would like to share: ALANA Spectrum (Public Relations & Parliamentarian), Groove Phi Groove Special Fellowship, RA, Founder of New Talent Entertainment
Why did you choose The College of Saint Rose? I chose Saint Rose because the community feel drew me in as soon as I stepped foot on campus. I came from a small high school and I love when the professors remember your name. At larger schools, I would have been just a number. At Saint Rose, I can feel as if I am a part of a bunch of small families depending on which role I switch from. Whether I was with my fellow RAs, my Groove brothers, my classmates, my residents or even the faculty, I will always feel like family.
What has your academic experience been like at Saint Rose? My academic experience at Saint Rose has been rigorous yet beneficial. It is really amazing that I can feel so comfortable with my expertise in certain topics. I believe Saint Rose prepares you for almost anything by providing a versatile curriculum that gives you multiple perspectives. As an African American student in predominantly Caucasian classes, it can be a little intimidating at first, but the professors make sure that you’re comfortable and are available whenever you need help.
How has student involvement (clubs, activities, honor societies, etc.) shaped your Saint Rose experience? Being an RA at Saint Rose has opened my mind to new people, attitudes, cultures, and different orientations. I am able to talk with more confidence after spending two years with Residence Life. I am able to speak to almost anyone and make them feel comfortable with confiding in me with any issue or just engage in conversation. My experience serving two executive positions with ALANA Spectrum Student Union has awarded me with leadership skills. I have learned how to work with other organizations on campus and administration to complete a collective goal, which is making Saint Rose a better school and perpetuating our mission at the College.
If you are a senior and have a job or grad school plans following graduation, please share: I graduated in May of 2015, worked full-time in the summer at a prestigious Law Firm in New York City and returned to Saint Rose in the fall for graduate school. I am currently working toward a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.