Senior to continue on his studies at New York Chiropractic College
By Alexander Plate
Joseph Devona has been a student at Oswego for nearly four years, and he says he’s equally excited and nervous to move into the next stage of his life.
After completing his wellness management major in the winter, Devona said he is planning to stay in the Oswego area until August working with a local contractor, before going to the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls.
He said that he is confident in his choice to pursue a career as a chiropractor, because of his passion for healing and helping.
Devona acted on that spirit of healing during his years at Oswego, like when he volunteered in Puerto Rico for the summer in 2018, after Hurricane Maria.
“Going to Puerto Rico in 2018 was a really important experience for me, with the hard work and the incredible experience and the incredible people I met,” he said.
During his time at SUNY Oswego, Devona worked as a tutor at the office of learning services, helping other students understand their coursework, and as a desk attendant at Lee Hall, one of the campus’ recreational facilities. He also served as the vice president of the Health Promotion and Wellness Club for the 2018-19 academic year.
“I think my favorite part of Oswego has been Lee Hall, being able to go there and play basketball by myself or with friends I’ve made,” Devona said. “It’s become a ritual.”
Thoughts of the financial burden of graduate school, of making the step into a different level of self-reliance and a different environment, all make him nervous, but are equally as exciting.
Long term, Devona said that he would like to see himself working in his own practice as a chiropractor after college. He said that there is a possibility of him securing a space in a medical complex.
“I really appreciate the support system I have,” Devona said.