Success Stories

Rebecca Byrne

Rebecca Byrne

Being scholarly has its rewards. For Rebecca Byrne of Ogdensburg, earning membership into academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa while at Sussex County Community College paid off when applying to CSE. She was awarded an academic scholarship and the chance to study American society and culture in the American Studies program.

 “Choosing American Studies has opened my eyes to different subjects that I never thought I would be interested in before,” said the Ogdensburg native, explaining that her major examines the drama and diversity of America's past and present, its values, institutions, habits, and character through interdisciplinary courses in history, literature, philosophy and theology, the social sciences, art and music.

“I realize now that I have a passion for law and politics…I am not exactly sure if I want to go to law school or not, but I think I am headed in the direction of law or government work after I graduate.”

Her transition to CSE from Sussex has been smooth. “The one thing that helped me pick this school was the personal tour that I went on with a CSE student ambassador. I got to see the school from a student’s perspective and at that point I knew that this is where I belong,” said Byrne.  Now working as a student ambassador, Rebecca has the opportunity to show prospective students what a great college CSE really is. “The College of Saint Elizabeth -- the tight knit, beautiful, small campus college is the perfect fit for me.”