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Student Profile:
Jenna Kersten ‘17

Why did you choose Siena College?

I know that it’s what everybody says, but I really loved the community aspect of Siena. I really wanted to go to a place that made me feel like I was at home, and that’s what I’ve found here.

Why English?

I have always loved reading and writing, so when I was picking a major it was a logical fit.Words are so powerful and effective communication between people is, I think, one of the most important things that we can learn about and learn how to do well. Majoring in English seemed to me to be one of the best ways to hone those skills and hopefully learn how to share those skills with the wider community.

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

It’s so hard for me to narrow that down! It may not be a specific experience exactly, but I really have appreciated the opportunity to get to know many of the incredible people that are on this campus. It’s so much fun to hear about what your peers and professors and everyone on this campus, really, are passionate about and to get energized off of their enthusiasm.

What's the best book you've recently read?

I absolutely love “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann, from Dr. Wilhite’s City and American Literature course. It’s so beautifully written and it gives me goosebumps when I read certain parts.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m not sure at present! I have a minor in International Studies also, so right now I’m looking at ways I can combine my interests. Ideally, I would like to be a travel writer or work with UNESCO by promoting world literacy and cultural appreciation.

Jenna Kersten ‘17

Jenna Kersten

Class of 2017

English Major

Hamburg, N.Y.