North Creek, NY
At the Top of Her Class
Shiloh Wood heard about Cazenovia College from her guidance counselor. It was among several other colleges and universities in New York State that she was considering. She came to Cazenovia in October of her junior year, and felt an affinity with the school during her student-led tour. "I just remember really connecting with the campus including places like the Dining Hall and The Quad," shares Wood.
Wood was the valedictorian of her high-school class and continued her high academic standing while at Cazenovia, resulting in several scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship, the Dr. John S. and Enid Morris Scholarship, and the Emerson Scholarship.
Academically, Wood quickly became immersed in the College. Important classes included Abnormal Psychology with Dr. Michael Holdren and Introduction to Human Services with Dr. Mary Handley. Dr. Rachel Dinero is another favorite professor. Community Mental Health was Wood's favorite class and is tied to two internships that she had. They include one with Hutchings Psychiatric Center Children and Youth Services and another with the Resource Center for Independent Living.
Also important to Wood's academic experience has been the All-College Honors program. Participation includes honors seminars, contract courses within the major, and an honors senior capstone project. Community service is also required for two to three hours per semester. In addition, Wood served as secretary for the program.
Outside of the classroom, Wood has enjoyed being a Resident Advisor at Cazenovia working at Farber her junior year and at 15 Sullivan her senior year. In addition, she served as vice president for service for Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service organization. Projects this past year have included a Thanksgiving Food Drive for CazCares and a Chittenango Creek cleanup for Earth Day. Shares Wood, "Caz is amazing. I can't imagine being anywhere else as I can make a difference here and in the community."
This May has been especially rewarding for Wood as she has been honored for her hard work with many awards. She was one of three presenters at the 10th Annual All-College Honors Symposium where she spoke on the Stigma of Mental Illnesses: The Comprehensive Overview of the Problem and How to Address It. Most impressively, Wood was named the valedictorian of the Class of 2018.
Wood will be a Resident Director for Cazenovia's Summer College program, and this fall the Program Coordinator for the College's Inclusion Program. Eventually, she looks forward to pursuing a masters in mental health counseling, possibly at Cazenovia College, with the ultimate goal of obtaining her Ph.D. or M.D. and going in to private practice or working at an institutional setting.
She leaves present and future students with the following thoughts, "Get involved—Caz has so much to offer including connections, friends, and opportunities for professional development."