Angelo Foster is currently a junior at SUNY Cortland and starts at wide receiver for Cortland’s football team, will be the Vice President for the 2019-2020 SGA Elected Office, and is a licensed apprentice barber.
Marco: What is your favorite part about being a student-athlete?
Angelo: Having the support of the team behind you. It helps especially for academics. You can’t really slack off in the classroom or you’d let the team down. I gotta do what I gotta do in the classroom to be able to perform on the field.
Marco: What is your favorite memory so far as a student-athlete?
Angelo: Freshman year of football and going through camp for the first time. Just the new experience of being a part of a college football team.
Marco: What’s your favorite route to run?
Angelo: A ‘slant’ is probably my favorite. The most effective route to run for me is either a ‘post’ or a ‘go’.
Marco: Why are slants your favorite route to run?
Angelo: I’m infatuated with releases. There are so many different releases you can hit the defensive back with. A hard three-step inside with an outside release or a foot-fire stack inside with a quick fake out and then back inside for the slant. There’s just so many you can do.
Marco: Who’s your favorite NFL player?
Angelo: There’s so many. My favorite receiver is probably Odell Beckham Jr. He approaches the game with so much confidence and has the ability to dominate on the field. He has good speed, great hands, and has good moves with the ball in his hands.
Marco: Do you have a favorite NFL player on defense?
Angelo: Ed Reed is probably my favorite on defense. I love the fear that he brought to offenses. I’m a Ravens fan, so seeing that tandem with Ray Lewis was great. I used to play safety, too, so I was naturally a fan.
Marco: Why are you a Ravens fan?
Angelo: It started with Ray Rice. I used to play running back and first liked the Ravens back in 2008. Rice was a smaller back in the league and I was too, so I was a fan. I also liked the Ravens’ colors. The purple and black is cool.
Marco: What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as a student-athlete?
Angelo: The independence of college was tough. Not having my parents or even teachers to help guide me was different. I had to learn to become responsible for my own decisions. Fall of freshman year was new. It took time to get used to things for sure.
Marco: What was the toughest thing you adapted to freshman year?
Angelo: Attendance in class was the toughest thing to adapt to freshman year. I had an 8:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and an 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during the fall of freshman year. It took a semester to adapt to things once I saw how much I lost from not attending class as much as I should’ve.
Marco: What do you think is the best advice you can give to younger student-athletes?
Angelo: Just to go to class and use the resources available to you. You got tutors, library hours, study hall hours. Focus on time management and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are people willing to help all around you, don’t be afraid to use them.
Marco: Stepping away from athletics; what made you want to run for Vice President of SGA?
Angelo: I always had an interest in government and policy. It was a timing thing that it happened senior year for my last football season. I want to cater to Cortland and leave a legacy and not be a bystander. I want to make Cortland a safe and productive place while I’m here. I want to help people feel included too. I was lucky enough to be on the football team so I always had people to hang out with, but not everyone has that luxury. My freshman year, the President of SGA at the time was in my public speaking class and that kind of sparked my interest in helping out with SGA.
Marco: Was the election process more or less challenging than you had expected?
Angelo: It was more stressful than I had thought. The politics and being a part of politics was a challenge to overcome, definitely. I was discouraged at times and didn’t know if it was right for me to do or not. I prayed and spoke to my parents and stuck with it.
Marco: What was one of those times when you became discouraged?
Angelo: We had received an email from campaign officials saying there was a possibility that my ticket would be docked severely for not following procedure even though we had done nothing wrong and had permission for everything we were doing. It was kind of an upward battle.
Marco: How has it been as the Vice President of SGA?
Angelo: It’s been good. I got to meet a lot of new people. I’ve just been getting accustomed to the role. I’ve been allowing the old Vice President to leave and take their time with the leaving process. My duties won’t really begin until the fall so I’ve just been getting used to the responsibilities that I’ll have. It’s been good, though, so far, no complaints.
Marco: Is the workload more or less challenging than you had expected?
Angelo: It’ll pick up a lot in the fall. Right now I’ve just been helping with the transition of things. I’ve had a few meetings and interviews but it’ll pick up significantly in the fall.
Marco: So getting away from SGA for a second; what made you want to begin cutting hair?
Angelo: I didn’t know if I would be able to get a job in college. I’ve always been intrigued by haircutting in my youth and didn’t know how I would make money once I got in college. I spoke with one of my barbers from back home and he had encouraged me to try it out. So I got clippers and practiced on my brother. This was a month before football camp, freshman year. I enjoyed it right away when I started.
Marco: So, how do you actually get a license to become a barber?
Angelo: So, right now I’m a certified apprentice in New York State. Within next year I’ll hopefully have my official barber license. You need 2,000 hours to get your official barber license.
Marco: Do the hours at school of cutting hair count towards the 2,000 hours?
Angelo: No, hours are only valid when you’re under the supervision of a master barber. So, I only get hours during the summer, which is why it’s taking me longer than someone who is home year-round.
Marco: Do you cut your own hair?
Angelo: Yes. I learned about a year ago to cut my own hair.
Marco: Is it harder than cutting someone else’s hair?
Angelo: Yeah, it’s definitely harder than cutting someone else.
Marco: When did you realize you could begin taking appointments?
Angelo: Spring of my freshman year was when I began taking appointments to cut people’s hair. At first I was only charging $5 and then eventually $10. A lot of people were hitting me up and texting me for a hair cut. At one point it was around five to ten people every single day texting me about a hair cut. It sort of drove me a little crazy just always having people texting me on top of school and football. I didn’t have a solution at the beginning of the fall of my sophomore year. I ended up stopping for a little while to focus on school and football.
Marco: How long did you stop for?
Angelo: I had stopped for 2 months during the fall of sophomore year. Then I eventually made the Instagram page for my haircutting and had people make appointments through that later on in the fall of sophomore year.
Marco: How would you say you effectively balance athletics, academics, SGA, and haircutting?
Angelo: You got to be able to make sacrifices and be able to say no. Saying no to people can be tough sometimes but you have to try to stay strict with it. My mom and girlfriend definitely helped me a lot with staying on task and staying focused and assisting with everything.