Alumni Profile: “Kitty” Phuong Thi Truc Le

Hometown: Norwich, NY
Graduation Year: December 2013

“There are three main reasons that I chose Morrisville. First, it is a nice and friendly campus. Morrisville is not only a place to study and read books; it is also a bridge for connecting people from diverse backgrounds, allowing them to come together, learn, and be friends. Second, the professors and staff have a wide spectrum of knowledge and are kind-hearted. They help students to do their best and succeed. I see my professors as parents or grandparents and keep contact after finishing their classes. Third, and the most important, Morrisville offers a wide-range of majors with good programs, which will be helpful for my future academic and career plans.”

What did you do after leaving Morrisville? What are you doing now?
“After graduating from SUNY Morrisville, I transferred to SUNY Albany to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree. I am taking double majors now: Accounting and Business Administration (combined concentrations: Finance and Marketing). I will graduate in December 2015. Happily, I have just accepted an internship with Momentive Company for one year, and will continue to attend school while gaining valuable career experience.”

How did your education at Morrisville get you to where you are today?
“Since I am an international student and English is my second language, I had many difficulties while studying at college. If I had started right away at a big university, I would have struggled much more with big classrooms and hundreds of classmates. Morrisville is the perfect place to start up with basic knowledge, prepare for the long run in the future with small classrooms, enthusiastic professors, and friendly staff. Not only did I learn and grow at Morrisville, but also I felt cared-for and supported. Even after I graduated and transferred to SUNY Albany and began applying for summer internships, staff at Career Services and professors from Morrisville are all happy and willing to help me.  Without the foundation from Morrisville, I would not have adapted as quickly at Albany, and may not have obtained my first internship.”

What do you like about your profession?
“I took four Accounting courses at Morrisville, which are initial steps for me to transfer and continue my degree at Albany. Also, in the long run, I intend to obtain a Master’s Degree and work in private accounting. For now, the Finance internship at Momentive is a good chance for me to apply what I study into the workplace. I have a long path ahead of me, but I am taking each step at a time.”

What professor and/or staff member influenced you?
“Professor Steven Ohl, who teaches several business classes at the Norwich campus such as Marketing, Principles of Accounting, Diversity at Workplace, is my favorite professor.  He remembers each student’s name and he is both friendly and helpful. His lectures are well-prepared and interesting with real life examples. I really enjoyed being in his classes while I was at Morrisville.”

What was Morrisville like when you were attending?
“I attended Morrisville at the Norwich campus. It is a small and friendly campus. There are about 10 - 35 students in each class. Thus, professors pay more attention to individuals, which is really helpful for doing well in class. Morrisville also felt like a second home because everyone knows each other.“

What is your favorite memory of Morrisville?
“I will never forget the first day I came to Morrisville to apply for school three years ago: One week before the 2011 Fall semester started, my family moved from Kingston, NY to Norwich, NY. At that time, I had only been to the U.S. for about three months and could not speak English at all. My family and friends all advised me not to go to school, and to wait for a few more years. But I love going to college so much that I made a big decision: I went to SUNY Morrisville (Norwich campus) to complete an application. I did not know how to fill out the application form, and I started to cry. Luckily, the staff and faculty were very nice. They helped me with my application and financial aid forms. This happened on the last Friday before the start of the Fall semester. Despite applying so close to the start of the semester I became a student of Morrisville State College officially and proudly.

Were you involved in any clubs, organizations, activities or sports while at Morrisville?
“I was involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which helped me to make new friends and do community service. I voluntarily became a Math tutor at campus to help other students before the final exams. It was a great experience.”

What advice would you give current students?
“As many people said: ‘Accounting is a tough major.’ I agree with them. However, it will be interesting and will pay off if you invest enough time and effort to ‘discover, and learn it.’ Already, I can tell that I love it. I made the President’s List at Morrisville three times while I studied in second language-English and received the Accounting Excellence Award in 2013. My advice is: Every time you feel that something is hard to do, tell your heart that: ‘I can do it. And I will do it well.’ There are no ways to success that are covered by roses, but there are always roses for people who never give up.”