Patrick McGuinness

Patrick McGuinness is pictured in the Lazer Welcome Center in the Gordon Student Center.
  • McGraw High School, class of 2017
  • Major: Humanities

Two years ago at this time Patrick McGuinness was confused about where he was going next. He was a senior at McGraw High School in Cortland County and he was being bombarded with information about college options. “I was going to college fairs and getting a ton of information. It was too much. Then one of my teachers told me ‘I went to Onondaga Community College and it was really good for me.’ I came here for a visit, walked around campus and decided this was where I would go to college.”

Today McGuinness is in his final semester at OCC. He’s a Humanities major and an officer in the Student Association where he serves as vice president of Entertainment & Programming. “It’s fun being an officer. I like helping people when they come in (to the Student Association office on the first floor of the Gordon Student Center) and I like the people I work with. It’s a great way to meet people. Plus, your tuition is paid for. You don’t have the added stress of worrying about loans.”

McGuinness will transfer to a new college in the fall. His goal is to become a therapist. “I think everybody should have one so you have a guaranteed person to vent to. You can outsource labor to machines, but people are always going to have problems. There will always be a need for therapists.”

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