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Abigail Renneman ’15

My favorite memory from SUNY Oneonta…
My favorite memories from SUNY Oneonta center around the School of Economics and Business.  During my junior year I participated in the College Fed Challenge. Eight others and I worked tirelessly to create a presentation on the current macroeconomic conditions, our outlook for the future of the economy, and our recommendations for the Federal Reserve. We presented our research and recommendations to professors and employees of the Fed and eventually received honorable mention in the semi-finals.  Being able to be one of nine people to participate in this challenge and be the face of our school while receiving a prestigious award was extremely rewarding, and became one of my favorite memories of SUNY Oneonta.  My other fondest memories revolve around the Backpacks to Briefcases program, a one-day New York City networking event that gives current students the opportunity to speak with SUNY Oneonta alumni in the economics and finance industries.

Why I participated in Backpacks to Briefcases…

I found out about Backpacks to Briefcases during my sophomore year and instantly knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. The program seemed like a great opportunity to network and I thought it was worth my time.  During my senior year I visited with AllianceBernstein. When I returned, I made it a point to request another visit with AllianceBernstein. When we walked into the presentation, I had about 30 questions written down to ensure that I would not draw a blank. I visited with two other organizations during my final year as well. Going out of my comfort zone to participate in the Backpacks to Briefcases was an incredible learning experience and led to great connections with alumni from
the School of Economics and Business.

How Backpacks to Briefcases affected my life…
After participating in Backpacks to Briefcases, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to interview with all three of the companies I visited with during my senior year.  From these three interviews, I received two job offers, and I ultimately accepted a job from AllianceBernstein. Had I not participated in Backpacks to Briefcases, I don’t think I would have found a job that I am extremely excited to start. This program connected me with many alumni, all of whom have given me valuable advice. Without Backpacks to Breifcases I don’t know where my career would be starting or where I would be post-graduation.

What I want to say to SUNY Oneonta donors…
SUNY Oneonta donors have made every single opportunity I’ve had during my college career possible.  From having the ability to travel to New York City to represent the school at the Fed Challenge to Backpacks to Briefcases to the SUNY Oneonta Habitat for Humanity annual collegiate challenge trip to build homes during spring break, SUNY Oneonta donors have made it happen. I have been able to do things I never imagined while attending SUNY Oneonta. I will never be able to thank our donors enough for the experiences they have so generously given me.


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