- High School: Marcellus, Class of 2016
- Major at OCC: Mathematics & Science with a Physics specialization and an Honors minor
Neil Minet will earn a degree from OCC less than a year after graduating from high school. How will he do it? Like many students Minet took classes in high school which qualified for college credit. He also took courses on the OCC campus each of the last three summers. By the time the fall 2016 semester started Minet had already accumulated more than 40 college credits.
Minet is interested in a career in physics. His goal was reaffirmed October 1 when he attended a TED Talk on campus and listened to a presentation by Sal Khan on reinventing education. “It was very inspirational. I want to teach and do research. You can see two people teach the same course. One may seem very meaningful and one may not. It’s about making education meaningful.”
Minet has found OCC’s professors to be outstanding. “They’re great here. They really really know their stuff.” As does Minet who will be inducted into international honor society Phi Theta Kappa November 1.
Minet is taking 23 credits this semester. In his “spare time” he loves to pick up a guitar and play the blues. During the summer he was awarded the KJ James Memorial Scholarship and performed at the New York State Blues Festival in downtown Syracuse. James is considered to be the father of Syracuse’s blues scene. “The whole weekend was really cool! I got to play on the main stage and at Dinosaur both Friday and Saturday night’s. I’ve always said if a career playing guitar is possible I’m going for it.” You can watch video of Minet playing guitar here. He’s incredibly talented!