By Marielle Daeumer


With the recent start to the Fall semester at Dutchess Community College, there are many new students who may be wondering where their college career will lead. Paul Daeumer is a former Business Transfer student and has a few words to share with new or returning DCC students:

“Get involved in some clubs and organizations…you never know where they will lead.”

Dutchess offers over 30 clubs to choose from. As Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society at Dutchess, Mr. Daeumer built connections, and enhanced his resume. That experience provided him the opportunity for an academic scholarship upon transfer.

When starting his collegiate education, Mr. Daeumer opted for SUNY Dutchess instead of a four year college, because it “[was] one of the best community colleges in the Northeast and it was very convenient to commute to class everyday from where I live,” he said.

He attended classes at both the main and south campuses from fall of 2014 to fall of 2016.  

When asked how Dutchess prepared him to be more successful at a four-year college, he stated:

“I was able to figure out what major I wanted to study, because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue when I first started.”

Students are able to switch majors at Dutchess, like most other colleges but they can do so at a lower cost.

“Dutchess is a lot cheaper than four year schools [in the area], so I was able to save a lot of money while getting a good education.”

Since Mr. Daeumer was a resident of Dutchess County, he was able to start college from the comfort of his home which made it easier to transition to a four-year school.

Mr. Daeumer now attends SUNY Binghamton majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

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