Bruno A. Saraceno graduated from Alfred State College in 2008 where he played baseball and received an A.A.S in Financial Services. He then transferred to SUNY Oneonta and majored in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Media Studies and eventually graduated in 2010. Bruno is a writer of many things, but mostly things dealing with popular culture, like television and film.
College was a trip. I didn’t take the natural course of action, but I don’t think I would change much if I had the chance to do it all over again. I was able to play baseball for the first half of my college life at Alfred State College and then when I transferred to SUNY Oneonta for my final two years, I was able to just be a college student and not a student athlete. It was a relief actually. There’s a responsibility when you’re an athlete in college. There are restrictions, academic standards and consequences if you ever got in trouble. However, being a student athlete was rewarding and it allowed me to build relationships with teammates that I will always remember and cherish. There are certain experiences you can’t replicate, and being a baseball player at Alfred State College is something I will have with me for the rest of my life.
SUNY Oneonta was a completely different experience. I didn’t have to get up before the crack of dawn to workout or be restricted in my daily lifestyle. I was able to attend concerts on the weekend, use my free time to participate in extracurricular activities like the school newspaper and the film club. Both helped me shape my belief that I could be a writer and both helped me build a platform to do so. I should mention I changed my major several times in college, getting an Associates Degree in Financial Services from Alfred State (I went from Sports Management to Entrepreneurship to Financial Services in the span of a semester) and a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from SUNY Oneonta (I was a Business Management major for a semester, then I realized I hated it and quickly switched over in the Spring). Like I said at the start of this, college was a trip.
What college taught me was that there is time to figure things out. Take the necessary Liberal Arts courses, try out a few electives that sound interesting and once you are forced to declare a major you should have a good idea of what you like and what you ultimately want to do with the rest of your life. Unfortunately, I don’t really know what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I do know that I like to write, about a multitude of things, mostly with a sense of humor behind it and other times with a bit of a serious tone. But the one thing I learned from my time in college is that there are going to be some great experiences and some really crappy ones, but if you find the right people and build from that, you’ll have a wholly unique experience that you can call your own and hopefully be able to remember and cherish for the rest of your life. The one thing that I know about college is this: it’s only one chapter of your life, but it’s the one chapter where you discover yourself and your way of being. Again, it’s a trip.