Name: Montana Wolf
Hometown: Cincinnatus, New York
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology
Graduation Year: 2022
Why did you choose SUNY Poly?
The lower cost for the same education as a private college was a driving factor for me. I loved the people and the small college atmosphere here at SUNY Poly. I was also recruited to play on the women’s soccer team.
What has been your favorite part about being a SUNY Poly student so far?My favorite thing about SUNY Poly is the sense of community on campus. Coming from a small town I knew almost everyone. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that in college, but after coming to SUNY Poly I am certain that it is the perfect fit for me. With our small class sizes, you can get to know your classmates and professors. One of the best advantages of the small class sizes is that you can have one-on-one conversations with professors about classes. Having a small campus allows for a lot of networking between professors and students, which is very beneficial, not just for your education, but also for your career in the future.
Why did you decide to pursue Electrical Engineering Technology as a major?
I wanted to do something with renewable energy – which is primarily electrical-based. I picked electrical engineering to fit that desire. I like the wide variety of different electrical topics offered.
How would you describe your relationship with your professors?
I feel like I get along very well with my professors. I am the student that is always asking questions and getting additional help, and just connecting with my professors.
Has there been an impactful academic experience that stands out to you?
I’d had a few, but general ones are just staying after class and having extended conversations with my professors about class or personal things.
Have you completed an internship?
I completed an internship in project management at an electrical contracting company.
What has been your favorite on-campus event?
My favorite on-campus events are women’s soccer games! Although I might be a bit biased since I am on the team. I love representing our college in something I love and I’m glad I got the opportunity to continue to play at the college level. It is so great when you have a lot of fans in the stands at home games that are cheering you on and supporting you. It shows you how many people enjoy SUNY Poly and everything that it has to offer.
What has been your favorite class at SUNY Poly?
I really enjoyed ETC 397 – Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Energy as I am interested in renewable energy and solar the most.
What’s next for you after SUNY Poly?
I currently have a job as an Assistant Project Manager, and I will more than likely be coming into that role full-time. I am also planning to attend graduate school for my MBA.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to students who are thinking about applying to SUNY Poly?
My advice to anyone considering applying to SUNY Poly is to have a conversation with a professor and student in your program! This conversation will give you a sense of academics and college life. Talking to professors at Accepted Students Day was one of my biggest decision-makers for attending SUNY Poly; they were so nice and helpful! Another tip I have for applying to colleges is to write a list or think of the most important things that you want in a college. Before making a decision, decide what is most important to you and make sure your choice will be able to do that for you. In the end, find the college or university that you will be the happiest at for the next four years because that is the most important part!