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Michael Gooley

Michael Gooley was hooked the day he came to SBU for his first visit day his sophomore year of high school. Since his arrival as an official college student, he has immersed himself into college life, emerging as a student leader.

A Computer Science and Business Administration double major from Thornfield, Mo., Michael was elected in April 2013 as Student Association president and also has worked with DiscipleNow events and with the Polk County K-Life organization.

“Being a student leader has absolutely changed my experience here,” he said. “Participating in campus life helps students connect so much more than if they just attend class.”

In the classroom, Gooley likes the personal attention made possible by small class sizes.

“I’ve never taken a General Education class when the professor didn’t know my name,” he said. “In the actual classroom, if you have questions, they call on you by name. With the small classes, the interaction with other students dramatically increases the learning environment.”

“Professors actually care about teaching us and about us learning,” he added. “I just love it here and couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”

As important as academics are, Michael encourages all incoming students to seek out a broader college experience.

“Getting involved helps a student connect so much more than if they just attend class,” he said. “SBU is big enough that you can be your own person, but it’s small enough that you don’t get lost in the crowd.”