Calvin Francis ‘17

Amanda Butera

Psychology Major


"My mother graduated from SJC, and I was attracted to the small class size and helpfulness that I encountered from staff. I have gone to a SUNY school and the class sizes were huge — little-to-no feeling of knowing your professor or the other students. My experience [at SJC] so far has been fantastic to say the least. The classes are well-taught, and the professors are here to help me learn — not just regurgitate information. I wish I had started my college career here, but everything happens for a reason.

"I became a psych major because I want to help people, as cliche as that is. Mental health is an underserved field; the more I learn, and the more experience I have with mental health, the more this becomes obvious. 

"After I graduate I plan to continue my education; I strive to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner." 

"I hope to get the tools required to mold me into a respectable, contributing and successful member of society — this goes well beyond a piece of paper. Not everything you need to learn is learned in the classroom, you have to go and enjoy life."


Favorite book/quote?

"I still really love the Harry Potter series."

If you're going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill 

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. — John Lennon

What was your dream job as a kid?

"I don't think I had a dream job as a kid. I never wanted to be a police officer or a fireman or an astronaut or anything like that. I did want to become an anesthesiologist but I realized after starting college I really didn't want to do that, but in some way I did circle back around and am still going toward the medical field."

Have you been involved in any organizations on campus?

"I am a sprinter on the indoor and outdoor track team."

What do you do in your spare time?

"I love to cook, it's one of my talents not many people get to experience. I actually considered going to culinary arts school. My newest hobby is obstacle course racing."

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and why?

"My mom has and probably always will be the biggest influence in my life. She put herself through school to get her masters and her degree to become a nurse practitioner all while working two full time jobs, and she still made sure I was okay, fed and doing well in school myself. Now she is studying for her doctorate of nursing practice. She's an inspiration and there to remind me that I can when I think I can."