- Major: Business with an Honors Minor
- High School: Scotia-Glenville, class of 2016
OCC’s Career Services Center has played a significant role in Karri Bellamy’s growth and success.
Bellamy is a competitive horseback rider who graduated from high school in January of 2016. She planned to spend that spring training in Florida and was en route to the North American Junior Young Rider Championship in late July. Plans changed when her beloved horse “Noodle” was injured.
Bellamy intended to enroll in an equestrian college in New Jersey that fall but made a late decision to attend OCC in time for the fall semester. “I knew there was a great Career Services center here. I wanted to come here so I could get help eventually going someplace else.”
During her first semester while taking a Marketing class with Professor Kristen Costello, Bellamy was part of a group of students assigned to design a Marketing plan for Career Services. “We presented our Marketing Plan to Professor Costello and the employees at Career Services. From there, I was hired to work for them. Working there has been an incredible experience.”
Bellamy is utilizing OCC’s Small Business Development Center to start her own marketing business doing public relations for horseback riders. “I saw the importance of having a strong relationship between the sponsors and riders. There was a window of demand in the market and what started out as something small grew into something much larger.”
Besides starting her own business and working for Career Services, Bellamy is a member of honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She also works at the Marcellus Equestrian Center where her horse continues to recover.
Bellamy has also become a member of OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Although she never played in high school, members of OCC’s team convinced her to try out because of her outstanding physical conditioning. She picked up the sport last fall and loved it. “I figured, ‘what do I have to lose? I’m here to do it all. I don’t want to just get a degree. I’ll never get this opportunity again.’”
After she earns her degree in May, Bellamy plans to study abroad and compete internationally in equestrianism. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing and a minor in Communications. “Coming here really opened my eyes to the business aspect of equestrian. I want to bring that into riding so I’m not just riding for an income.”
Bellamy is grateful for the opportunities she received here and the career path her OCC experience has put her on. “I never expected to be doing what I’m doing right now. It’s incredible how just through networking and talking to people that something can take off. Everything here is really what you make of it.”